Nationals Game Notes: October 1 vs. Miami Marlins
Miami Marlins (79-80) vs. Washington Nationals (93-67)
LHP Wei-Yin Chen [5-4, 5.02] | RHP Tanner Roark [15-10, 2.86]
Saturday, October 1 l Game #161 / Home #80 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN 2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
HOME STRETCH AT HOME
The 2016 National League East champion Washington Nationals will continue their final homestand of the regular season on Saturday afternoon, continuing a three-game set against the Miami Marlins.
- At 48-31 (.608), the 2016 Nationals currently possess the third-best home winning percentage in club history (2005-present), behind the 2014 Nationals (51-30, .630) and the 2012 Nationals (50-31, .617).
- The Nationals completed their 2016 regular-season road slate on Sunday, topping the Pirates, 10-7, to finish with a 45-36 record away from Nationals Park…Their .556 winning percentage matches the 2014 Nationals as the second-best mark for any team in club history (2005-present), behind only the 2012 iteration (48-33, .593).
At 93-67 (.581), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (102-57, .642).
- Washington’s “magic number” to clinch home field advantage in the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers is currently one.
- The Nationals have scored 751 runs the season, the most in Nationals history (2005-pres.) as well as Nationals/Expos history.
HOMERS ON HOMERS ON HOMERS
2B Daniel Murphy (25), RF Bryce Harper (24), SS Danny Espinosa (23), C Wilson Ramos (22), LF Jayson Werth (21), and 3B Anthony Rendon (20) have all hit at least 20 home runs this season, making the Nationals one of four teams in the Major Leagues with at least six 20+ homer players (Baltimore: 6, Toronto: 6, St. Louis: 6).
- For approximately twenty minutes following Rendon’s home run Friday night, the Nationals were just the third team in National League history to boast six players with at least 20 home runs (1965 Milwaukee Braves and 2003 Atlanta Braves)…STL OF Matt Holliday then hit his 20th home run of the season for the Cardinals.
- The 2016 Nationals are officially the most powerful team in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), as they have clubbed 201 home runs this season — the most hit by any team in franchise history, and this in just 160 games…The 2012 Nationals hit 194 home runs in 162 games and the 2000 Expos hit 178 in 162 games.