Nationals Game Notes: September 29 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

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Arizona Diamondbacks (66-92) vs. Washington Nationals (92-66)
LHP Robbie Ray [8-14, 4.77] | RHP Joe Ross [7-5, 3.48]
Thursday, September 29 l Game #159 / Home #78 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

At 92-66 (.582), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (101-57, .639).

  • Washington’s “magic number” to clinch home field advantage in the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers is currently three.

Since the All-Star break, Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner ranks among NL hitters in triples (T1st, 7), total bases (2nd, 160), stolen bases (T2nd, 29), hits (3rd, 97), runs scored (T5th, 51), and batting average (9th, .338).

  • According to Baseball Reference’s Play Index, Turner is the rookie in baseball history (since 1900) to record at least 12 home runs, 29 stolen bases and hit at least .340 in fewer than 68 games during his rookie campaign.
  • Now batting .340 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 290 at-bats since Ichiro Suzuki hit .350 for SEA in 2001 (per Baseball Reference).
  • Turner’s 29 stolen bases this season are the most by a rookie in Nationals history (2005- pres.) and the fourth-most by a rookie in franchise history (WSH/MON) behind Tim Raines (71 in 1981), Larry Lintz (50 in 1974) and Delino DeShields (42 in 1990).

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