Nationals Game Notes: October 2 vs. Miami Marlins
Miami Marlins (79-81) vs. Washington Nationals (94-67)
RHP Tom Koehler [9-13, 4.15] | RHP Max Scherzer [19-7, 2.82]
Sunday, October 2 l Game #162 / Home #81 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 3:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
GAME NO. 162
The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins will conclude the 2016 regular-season slate on Sunday afternoon with the season series hanging in the balance…Washington and Miami have split the first 18 games between the clubs this season, 9-9.
- At 49-31 (.613), the 2016 Nationals could become just the third team in club history (2005-present), and only the eighth team in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to reach 50 wins at home…Dusty Baker’s club currently possesses the third-best home winning percentage for any Nationals club, behind the 2014 (.630) and 2012 Nationals (.617).
- The Nationals completed their 2016 regular-season road slate on Sept. 25, 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).
READY FOR OCTOBER
The Nationals sewed up home field advantage in the National League Division Series on Saturday as they beat the Marlins, 2-1, and the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the San Francisco Giants, 3-0…Washington will open the 2016 NLDS on Friday, Oct. 7, at Nationals Park, where Game No.’s 1 & 2, and, if necessary, Game No. 5, will be played.
- At 94-67 (.584), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (102-58, .638).
- The Nationals have scored 753 runs this season, the most in Nationals history (2005-pres.) as well as franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
TURN ON THE AFTER BURNERS
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner went 2-for-3 with a homer, a stolen base, two runs scored, a walk and an RBI on Saturday, bringing his season totals with one game remaining to: .342 AVG, 104 H, 14 2B, 8 3B, 13 HR, 39 RBI, 53 runs, 12 BB and 32 SB…With 104 hits in 72 games, Turner is the first rookie in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to post more than 100 hits in fewer than 100 games.
- According to Baseball Reference, Turner is the only rookie in MLB history (since 1900) to record at least 13 home runs, 32 stolen bases and hit at least .340 in no more than 72 games during his rookie campaign.
- Since the All-Star break, Turner ranks among NL hitters in triples (1st, 8), total bases (2nd, 169), stolen bases (2nd, 32), hits (2nd, 101), runs scored (T5th, 53), and batting average (5th, .340)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three rookies in MLB history have hit as high as .340 with as many as 13 home runs after the All-Star break: Hal Trosky (CLE, 1934: .349, 19 HR post-ASB), Ted Williams (BOS, 1939: .345, 19 HR) and Willie McCovey (SFG, 1959: .354, 13 HR).
- Now batting .342 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 32 stolen bases this season are the most by a rookie in Nationals history (2005-pres.) and fourth-most by a rookie in franchise history (WSH/MON): Tim Raines (71, 1981), Larry Lintz (50, 1974) and Delino DeShields (42,1990)…In addition, his 32 SB are third-most in club history behind only Alfonso Soriano (41 in 2006), Nyjer Morgan (34 in 2010).