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Milwaukee Brewers (35-46) vs. Washington Nationals (50-33)
RHP Junior Guerra [5-1 3.25] | RHP Max Scherzer [9-5, 3.30]
Monday, July 4 l Game #84 / Home #40 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 11:05 A.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
A CAPITOL FOURTH
The Washington Nationals will ring in the Fourth of July with their annual 11:05 a.m. game on Monday, welcoming the Milwaukee Brewers to D.C. to celebrate the holiday with the opener of a three-game set…Washington is 7-4 when playing on July 4, and 7-3 when playing in the nation’s capital on this day.
- The three-game series with the Brewers will conclude the Nationals’ longest homestand of the season to date (10 games) as well as the first-half home slate…Washington will travel to New York for four games before the All-Star break, but will open the second half with a nine-game homestand vs. Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego.
- At 50-33 (.602), the Nationals are just the fourth team in the Major Leagues to reach the 50-win mark, securing victory No. 50 with a 12-1 thrashing of the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday…Washington possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs (51-30, .630) and the San Francisco Giants (52-32, .619).
A SERIES FOR THE AGES
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa clubbed his 17th and 18th home runs of the season on Sunday afternoon, including his second grand slam in four days, and drove in six runs…Over the course of the Nationals’ four-game set with the Reds, Espinosa hit five home runs and drove in 15 RBI (a franchise record)…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since RBI became an official statistic (1920), the only other players to match Espinosa’s totals in homers and RBI in a series of no more than four games were: NYY’s Tony Lazzeri (at PHI, 1936: 6 HR, 16 RBI in 4 G), STL’s Chet Laabs (at PHI, 1942: 5 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G), and SDP’s Nate Colbert (at ATL, 1972: 6 HR, 15 RBI in 4 G).
- Espinosa, who homered from both sides of the plate on Thursday (6/30) as well as Sunday and included a grand slam in each, is just the fifth shortstop in Major League history to hit two grand slams in the same series (via Elias)…He joins: Travis Jackson (1924, Giants at Philadelphia, 5 G series), Nomar Garciaparra (1999, Red Sox vs. Mariners, 3 G series), David Eckstein (2002, Angels vs. Blue Jays, 3 G series), and Hanley Ramirez (2009, Marlins vs. Orioles, 3 G series).
- With the fifth multi-homer game of his career (second of 2016), Espinosa joined DET’s Victor Martinez as the only players to post multi-homer games from different sides of the plate twice this season…According to STATS, Inc., Espinosa is the first National League player to accomplish that feat since Carlos Beltran did it for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013…He is the only player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to do it twice in the same season.
- Espinosa now leads the Nationals in home runs with 18, 12 of which have been hit since June 1…Only one shortstop in the Major Leagues has hit more home runs this season than Espinosa: COL’s Trevor Story (19)…On this homestand, Espinosa is 11-for-26 (.423), 5 HR, 2 2B, 17 RBI, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 8 R.
STRAS RETURNS, STAYS STREAKING
RHP Stephen Strasburg returned to the Nationals’ active roster on Sunday after missing 17 games due to an upper back strain and picked up right where left off, extending his personal winning streak to 14 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015)…The 14-game streak is a franchise best (Nationals Expos) and trails only RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31), and RHP General Crowder (15 G, 8/2/32-4/12/33) for the longest winning streak by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.
- Strasburg is the only remaining qualified starter in the Major Leagues not to suffer a losing decision…According to Elias, Strasburg is the first National League starter to begin a season 11-0 since SDP RHP Andy Hawkins went 11-0 in 1985…LHP Hooks Wiltse and RHP Joe McGinnity began a season 12-0 in the NL (1904)…LHP Rube Marquard began the 1912 season 18-0 for the New York Giants.
HOMERS ON PARADE
The Nationals clubbed a season-high six home runs on Sunday, matching a Nationals record (2005-present) for longballs in a game (last: Aug. 29, 2014 at SEA)…SS Danny Espinosa (2), C Wilson Ramos, RF Bryce Harper, 3B Anthony Rendon, and 2B Stephen Drew all homered in the contest.
- Rendon and Espinosa slugged back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the 10th time the Nationals have hit back-to-back jacks this season…The 2016 Nationals are the first team in club history to hit 10 sets of back-to-back home runs, and they join only the 1999 Expos in franchise history (also 10).
New York Mets (40-36) vs. Washington Nationals (46-32)
RHP Logan Verrett [3-4, 4.14] | RHP Max Scherzer [8-5, 3.52]
Wednesday, June 29 l Game #79 / Home #35 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/ESPN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
CAN’T RAIN ON THEIR PARADE
The Nationals dodged the raindrops in two separate delays to earn their third straight victory with a 5-0 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night…Washington’s longest homestand of the season enjoyed the addition of top prospect RHP Lucas Giolito, who made his Major League debut on Tuesday night with four scoreless innings of work before the rain returned…The Nationals’ bullpen took it from there, with RHP Yusmeiro Petit, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Sammy Solis, and RHP Shawn Kelley combining on five scoreless frames to seal the W.
- The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Wednesday with the finale vs. NYM…Washington will welcome the Reds this weekend and the Brewers early next week…With 78 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 17 of its next 21 games at home.
- At 46-32 (.590), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-30, .620) and the Chicago Cubs (50-26, .658).
NO FLIES ON HIM
Despite rain delaying the start of his Major League career by 55 minutes, and cutting it short after four innings of work, the Nationals welcomed arguably the best prospect in baseball (Ranked No. 1 by MLB.com and ESPN.com) to the big leagues on Tuesday night as RHP Lucas Giolito made his Major League debut…The promising 21-year-old allowed just one hit and walked two in four scoreless frames, adding the first strikeout of his career on a 3-2 pitch to Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera….Giolito became the first pitcher in Major League history to start his MLB debut and finish with a line of 4.0 IP, 0 R.
- Giolito is the 13th pitcher drafted and developed by the Nationals (2005-present) to start a game for Washington…He joins: RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Taylor Hill, RHP Taylor Jordan, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP John Lannan, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP Craig Stammen, RHP Stephen Strasburg, and RHP Jordan Zimmermann…He is the first player from Washington’s 2012 draft class to make it to the Major Leagues.
The Nationals bats are starting to sizzle in the summer heat…As a team, Washington has posted a National League-best .277 batting average since June 1, and a .797 on-base plus slugging percentage, the second-best mark in the NL (1st: COL, .833).
- Leading the way is C Wilson Ramos who went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run on Tuesday night to extend his current hitting streak to 11 games…Ramos is hitting .373 since June began, with five doubles, six homers, 18 RBI and 17 runs scored.
- Closely behind Ramos is Nationals SS Danny Espinosa, who matched a career high with three walks on Tuesday night…With 13 home runs, Espinosa has already tallied the third-highest home run total for a season in his career, matching his output from the entire 2015 season, and only seven behind the career-best 21 he hit in his rookie season (2011)…Only three shortstops in MLB have hit more HR this year than Espinosa, who is averaging one home run every 18.54 at-bats: COL SS Trevor Story (19), LAD SS Corey Seager (16), and OAK SS Marcus Semien (15)…Since June 8, Espinosa is hitting .333 (19-for-57) with three doubles, five homers, 11 RBI, five HBP, nine walks, two stolen bases and 15 runs.
- Add fellow infielder 3B Anthony Rendon to the “heating up” list as well…Rendon, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI-triple on Tuesday, has reached base safely in his last eight games, hitting .345 with a .394 OBP and .483 SLG in that stretch…In his last four games, Rendon is 7-for-15 (.467) with one BB, one 2B, one 3B, four RBI, one SB and four runs scored.
- And who could overlook LF Jayson Werth, who is hitting .348 (23-for-66) since June 7, with six doubles, one homer, 12 RBI, 18 walks and 12 runs scored…He has posted a .482 on-base percentage and a .485 slugging percentage in those 18 games…Since his pinch-hit grand slam against STL on May 29, Werth ranks sixth among NL hitters in on-base percentage (.430), third in walks (18), and 13th in batting average (.318).
New York Mets (40-35) vs. Washington Nationals (45-32)
RHP Matt Harvey [4-9, 4.64] | RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, -.–]
Tuesday, June 28 l Game #78 / Home #34 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals opened their longest homestand of the season thus far with a rousing 11-4 comeback victory over the New York Mets on Monday evening…The 11 unanswered runs started with a five-run fifth inning, and scoring in each inning, three through six…The output featured hits from every member of the Nationals’ starting lineup, including RHP Joe Ross…CF Ben Revere (4-for-5), RF Bryce Harper (2-for-3), 2B Daniel Murphy (2-for-5), 3B Anthony Rendon (2-for-4) and SS Danny Espinosa (3-for-5) all posted multi-hit efforts in the win.
- The Nationals stole six bases on the Mets on Monday, matching a team record (2005-present) for stolen bags in a single game (also: July 8, 2012 vs. COL)…The six stolen also tied for the most in a Major League game this season, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, who stole six off the Rockies on June 24.
- The Nationals will continue this 10-game homestand on Tuesday night with the second of three contests vs. NYN…Washington will welcome the Cincinnati Reds this weekend and the Milwaukee Brewers early next week…With 77 games in the rearview, the Nationals are enjoying their first homestand longer than seven games (10)…Washington plays 18 of its next 22 games at home.
- At 45-32 (.584), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-29, .628) and the Chicago Cubs (49-26, .653).
TAKE A BOW, MR. REVERE
Nationals CF Ben Revere put together a game unlike any other in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) on Monday night when he went 4-for-5 with three stolen bases and three runs scored…Matching career highs in each of those categories, Revere joins Ron LeFlore (Montreal) as the only players in franchise history with at least three hits, at least three runs, and at least three stolen bases in a single game (LeFlore: June 6, 1980 & July 17, 1980).
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other player in MLB has stolen three bases and scored three runs in the same game this season.
- Revere is hitting .314 since June 5 (22-for-70) with one double, six RBI, four walks, eight stolen bases and 12 runs scored.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW, KID
The Nationals selected the contract of RHP Lucas Giolito on Tuesday and the top-ranked right-handed pitching prospect will make his Major League debut Tuesday night vs. the New York Mets… The promising 21-year-old, currently ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in Major League Baseball by MLB.com, entered the season as the No. 5 prospect in MLB per Baseball America…A hard-throwing right-hander who possesses an advanced fastball/curveball/changeup repertoire, Giolito joined the Major League roster after working to a 24-13 record and a 2.74 ERA in 67 Minor League games (65 starts)…A first-round selection (No. 16 overall) in the 2012 First Year Player Draft, Giolito has been ranked as the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in Washington’s chain since he joined the organization that July.
- When he makes his MLB debut, Giolito will become the 13th pitcher drafted and developed by the Nationals (2005-present) to start a game for Washington…He joins: RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Taylor Hill, RHP Taylor Jordan, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP John Lannan, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Brad Peacock, RHP Craig Stammen, RHP Stephen Strasburg, and RHP Jordan Zimmermann…He is the first player from Washington’s 2012 draft class to make it to the Major Leagues.
June 24, 2014 – IF Ryan Zimmerman mercifully hit a two-run shot in the top of the 16th inning and made a diving catch in the bottom of the frame to lift the Nationals over the Brewers, 4-2, in the longest game (by innings) in Nationals history. Zimmerman’s first career extra-inning blast was made possible by a seven-reliever collaboration that lasted 10.0 scoreless innings (10 hits, 5 BB, 6 SO). Washington’s defense turned three double plays, and individually, SS Ian Desmond made two dazzling 6-3 putouts, while OF Denard Span made a game-saving catch at the wall in the 14th. 3B Anthony Rendon’s 12th homer, a solo shot in the eighth, tied the game at 2-2, and ultimately sent the game to extra innings.
Washington Nationals (42-25) at San Diego Padres (27-41)
RHP Joe Ross [5-4, 3.01] | LHP Christian Friedrich [3-1, 2.12]
Friday, June 17 l Game #68 / Road #36 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 7:40 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals opened their current three-city, 10-game, 11-day road trip with an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night…RHP Tanner Roark picked up his sixth win of the season while LF Jayson Werth, RF Bryce Harper and C Wilson Ramos registered multi-hit games…Harper, Ramos and 3B Anthony Rendon all homered in the contest…RHP Shawn Kelley picked up his second save in as many chances this season.
- Washington has now won six of its last seven, nine of its last 11, and 13 of its last 17 games, playing at a .765 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.2 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 105-6.
- At 42-25 (.627), the Nationals have posted their best record through 67 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history.
- The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind only the Cubs (44-20, .688)…Washington’s 42-25 record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.
Nationals RF Bryce Harper sent his 14th home run careening off the facade of Petco Park’s Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field in the third inning on Thursday night…C Wilson Ramos followed with a missile of his own to right field, his 11th of 2016 and the Nationals’ ninth set of back-to-back blasts this season — second most in MLB this year (Baltimore, 10).
- According to STATS, LLC., the nine sets of back-to-back home runs are tied with the 2012 Nationals for the most in a single season in team history (2005-present)…It is the third time in franchise history a Nationals or Expos team has hit nine or more back-to-back homers in a season with the 2016 & 2012 Nationals joining the 1999 Expos, who did it 10 times.
- For a full list of the Nationals’ 2016 back-to-back home runs, visit the Home Run Log on page 3 of the game notes.
GET OUT AND VOTE
The next round of National League All-Star balloting updates aren’t expected until Wednesday, but Washington boasts several position players building strong cases for consideration:
- 2B Daniel Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.359)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T3rd, 28), OPS (2nd, .994), and hits (3rd, 88) while his .402 on-base percentage is 10th in MLB and sixth in the National League.
- C Wilson Ramos clubbed his 11th home run of the season on Thursday night…Ramos has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 games, posting a .392(18-for-46) average with two doubles, five homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 13 runs scored during that span….Finally qualifying for MLB league leaders (3.1 PA/Team Game) Ramos is curently fifth in MLB in batting average (.339) and leads all Major League catchers average (.339), on-base percentage (.388), slugging percentage (.568) and fewest strikeouts (26)…Ramos also leads MLB catchers with 38 RBI and his 11 home runs are tied for first with KCR’s Salvador Perez…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
- RF Bryce Harper was second among all NL outfielders in voting as of the most recent update (June 15) with 1,451,270 fan votes to date…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, is tied for first in MLB in walks (56) and also ranks in NL in on-base percentage (5th, .409) and OPS (10th, .911)…His 12 go-ahead RBI rank tied for third in MLB.
Washington Nationals (35-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-29)
RHP Max Scherzer [6-4, 3.87] | RHP James Shields [2-7, 4.28]
Wednesday, June 8 l Game #59 / Road #33 l U.S. Cellular Field l Chicago, I.L. l 7:10 P.M. CT
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals topped the White Sox, 10-5, on Tuesday night in the opener of this three-game Interleague set…Washington piled up 12 hits (six for extra bases) and six walks, putting up a 10-spot on the scoreboard for the second consecutive game…Tuesday’s victory, coupled with Sunday’s 10-9 triumph at Cincinnati, marks the first time since April 28 & 29, 2015 that the Nationals have scored 10 runs in back-to-back games…In Nationals history (2005-present) only one team (2012) has posted 10 or more runs in three straight games (June 26-28).
- At 35-23 (.603), the Nationals have the third best record in Major League Baseball behind the Chicago Cubs (40-17, .702) and Texas Rangers (36-22, .621).
- The Nationals have played to a 20-12 (.625) record on the road thus far this season, behind only the Cubs (18-9, .667) and Seattle Mariners (19-11, .633) in MLB.
- Chicago is the third and final stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season…Washington opens a six-game homestand on Friday evening but then will head back out on the road for 11 days starting June 16 in San Diego.
SIZZLING AT THE HOT CORNER
Leading the charge for the Nationals’ offensive attack on Tuesday night was 3B Anthony Rendon, who went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored…Rendon’s RBI-double got the Nationals on the board in the second inning, and his two-run homer in the fourth helped put the team in position to assume the lead the following frame.
- Since May 10, Rendon’s .348 batting average ranks fourth in the National League, his .442 on-base percentage ranks second, and his .596 slugging percentage is good for 10th.
- In the month of June Rendon is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two doubles, two homers, five RBI, and three walks (.476 OBP, .833 SLG).
In eight games dating to May 29, Nationals C Wilson Ramos is 13-for-27 (.481) with two doubles, three homers, 11 RBI, three walks and nine runs scored…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 170 PA) in batting average (.348), on-base percentage (.392), slugging percentage (.561), RBI (32), and fewest strikeouts (21).
- After hitting .229 in 2015 is the only player in MLB to have increased his batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
- Ramos is outpacing his 2015 offensive numbers by more than 100 points in all three major categories…In addition to going from a .229 average (2015) to currently hitting .348, his 2015 on-base percentage was .258 and is currently .392, while his 2015 slugging percentage was .358 and he’s slugging .561 this season.
READY WHEN CALLED
The Nationals’ bullpen has been taxed with the third-fewest innings in Major League Baseball, their 162.2 IP slotting in behind only the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays (149.1 IP)…However, when they’re relied upon, the Nationals’ bullpen has excelled…WSH has the third-best bullpen ERA in MLB (2.88), the fourth-lowest batting average against (.216), and the fourth-highest save percentage (80%).
- Since embarking on this current road trip (May 30), the Nationals’ bullpen has been asked to throw the second-fewest innings in the National League (20.2), despite needing 11.0 IP from the relief corps in the last two games alone.
- That, of course, means the Nationals’ starting pitching staff has been carrying quite a load themselves…Washington’s starters currently lead MLB in strikeouts (378), and rank fourth in innings pitched (362.0)…The Nationals’ rotation is also holding opposing batters to the fourth-lowest average in MLB (.232).
St. Louis Cardinals (24-24) vs. Washington Nationals (29-19)
LHP Jaime Garcia [3-4, 3.59] | RHP Max Scherzer [5-3, 3.80]
Friday, May 27 l Game #49 / Home # 24 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
A LANDMARK VICTORY
The Nationals topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, on Thursday night, the 1,700th victory of Dusty Baker’s managerial career…Baker is the 17th all-time winningest manager in MLB history, and the second active manager, behind only San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy (1,732 victories)…Baker is 69 wins behind Jim Leyland for the 15th spot on the list.
- The victory, which matched career win No. 1 for Baker as his 1993 San Francisco Giants topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, on April 6, 1993, was Washington’s fifth straight over STL…The five-game winning streak over the Cardinals matches a Nationals record (2005-present) vs. STL (also June 14, 2011-Aug. 31, 2012).
AT THE HOT CORNER
Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 Thursday night, continuing his scorching hot stretch…In 16 games dating to May 10, Rendon 20-for-56 (.357) with five doubles, one triple, one home run, nine RBI, 11 walks, two stolen bases and nine runs scored…He has posted eight multi-hit efforts over that stretch.
Nationals relievers have posted a miniscule 0.84 ERA (4 ER/42.2 IP) since May 9 (17 games)…In that stretch, the Nationals’ ‘pen has struck out 9.49 batters per nine innings, posted a 4.09 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and surrendered just five extra base hits (4 2B, 1 HR)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: MIL, 1.70)
- Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (22 IR, 0 IRS)…No other team that’s inherited 10 or more runners in that span has kept all of them from scoring…Only the Brewers (8 IR, 0 IRS) relievers have joined the Nationals in keeping all of their runners inherited since May 9 from crossing the plate.
IT STARTS WITH THE STARTERS
Nationals RHP Joe Ross picked up his fourth win of the season on Thursday night, holding STL to one run over 7.0 IP…Ross, whose lone run allowed came on a solo home run by Aldemys Diaz in the fourth inning, struck out four, allowed six hits and walked one batter.
- The Nationals’ pitching staff, as a whole, leads MLB with 449 strikeouts and ranks second in MLB with a 2.82 ERA…The staff also ranks in MLB in opp. slugging percentage (3rd, .347), opp. OPS (3rd, .636), WHIP (3rd, 1.12), hits/9.0 innings (3rd, 7.40), opp. average (3rd, .224), and opp. OBP (3rd, .289).
New York Mets (26-19) vs. Washington Nationals (28-18)
LHP Steven Matz (6-1, 2.81) | RHP Tanner Roark [3-3, 2.89]
Wednesday, May 25 l Game #47 / Home # 22 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals blasted five home runs and RHP Stephen Strasburg cruised to his eighth victory of the season on Tuesday night as Washington topped the New York Mets, 7-4…The Nationals continue this seven-game homestand Wednesday afternoon with the finale vs. the Mets, and the St. Louis Cardinals (four games) come to town this weekend…Washington will then depart on a three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip to Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Chicago (White Sox).
- At 28-18 (.609), the Nationals have the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (30-14; .682) and possess the third-best record in MLB.
- The Nationals’ 28-18 record matches the best mark in team history (2005-pres.) through 46 games, joining the 2012 Nationals (28-18).
- The Nationals have posted a +53 run differential, the second-best mark in the National League (CHI: +118) and third-best in Major League Baseball (CHI: +118; BOS: +71).
The Nationals’ five home runs on Tuesday night (hit by 1B Ryan Zimmerman, 3B Anthony Rendon, 2B Daniel Murphy, CF Ben Revere, and C Wilson Ramos) were a new season high and matched the second-most home runs hit in a game this year league-wide…STL, NYM and BAL have each had a six-homer game this season.
- Zimmerman and Rendon went back-to-back with their blasts in the fourth inning, the third time the Nationals hit back-to-back home runs this season.
- Entering Tuesday’s game, the Mets were the only Major League team not to allow more than two home runs in a game this season.
- The benefactor of all that run support, RHP Stephen Strasburg, improved to 8-0, joining RHP Pedro Martinez (April 15-May 23, 1997) and LHP Kirk Reuter as the only starting pitchers in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to begin a season 8-0…The Nationals have now won each of Strasburg’s past 14 starts, a franchise record.
BULLISH ON THE ‘PEN
Despite allowing two runs in the ninth on Tuesday, Nationals relievers have posted a miniscule 0.93 ERA (4 ER/38.2 IP) since May 9 (14 games)…In that stretch, the Nationals’ ‘pen has struck out 9.8 batters per nine innings, posted a 3.82 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and surrendered just five extra base hits (4 2B, 1 HR)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: MIL, 1.74).
- Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (22 IR, 0 IRS)…No other team that’s inherited 10 or more runners in that span has kept all of them from scoring…Only the Brewers (6 IR, 0 IRS) relievers have joined the Nationals in keeping all of their runners inherited since May 9 from crossing the plate.
New York Mets (25-18) vs. Washington Nationals (27-17)
RHP Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75) | LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-1, 1.86]
Monday, May 23 l Game #45 / Home # 20 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals open a seven-game homestand tonight that will feature visits from the New York Mets (three games) and St. Louis Cardinals (four games).
- At 27-17 (.614), the Nationals have the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (29-13; .690) and are tied for the third-best record in Major League Baseball.
- Washington’s 27-17 record is the best in team history (2005-pres.) through 44 games, topping the 2015 Nationals (26-18) and the 2012 Nationals (26-18).
- The Nationals have posted a +50 run differential, second-best in the National League (CHI: +110) and third-best in Major League Baseball (CHI: +110; BOS: +66).
In 12 games dating to May 10, 3B Anthony Rendon is 17-for-42 (.405) with five doubles, one triple, eight RBI, 10 walks, two stolen bases and eight runs scored…He has posted seven multi-hit efforts over that stretch, including four in his last five games…During that five-game stretch, Rendon is 9-for-17 (.529) with three doubles, one triple, seven RBI, five walks and four runs scored.
SETTING THE PACE
The Nationals’ pitching staff, as a whole, leads MLB with 412 strikeouts and ranks second in MLB with a 2.79 ERA…The staff also ranks in MLB in opp. slugging percentage (2nd, .344), opp. OPS (2nd, .637), WHIP (2nd, 1.14), hits/9.0 innings (3rd, 7.46), opp. average (3rd, .226), and opp. OBP (3rd, .292).
- The Nationals boast four starting pitchers in the top 18 in ERA in the National League: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3rd, 1.86), RHP Joe Ross (T11th, 2.70), RHP Stephen Strasburg (15th, 2.80) and RHP Tanner Roark (18th, 2.89)…No other team has more than three.
Washington Nationals (26-16) at Miami Marlins (21-20)
RHP Joe Ross [3-3, 2.63] | RHP Jose Fernandez [5-2, 3.21]
Saturday, May 21 l Game #43 / Road #24 l Marlins Park l Miami, F.L. l 7:15 P.M.
Television: FOX l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals reached the approximate quarter pole of the season this week and sealed the best start in Nationals history (2005-present) through the season’s first 42 games…No previous Nationals team won as many as 26 of its first 42 games (2015 & 2012 teams went 25-17)…The 1996 Montreal Expos went 27-14.
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With his home run in the second inning Friday night, Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman upped his career home run total vs. the Marlins to 28…The gaudy home run total for Zimmerman, who has homered three times already this season vs. MIA, trails only Chase Utley (30) and Ryan Howard (39) among active players against the Marlins.
- In his career, Zimmerman has hit .304 vs. the Marlins, with 37 doubles, six triples, 28 home runs, 88 RBI, 66 walks and 99 runs scored.
When the Nationals opened this road trip in New York on Tuesday, they did so with a slight tweak to manager Dusty Baker’s lineup…Baker swapped two-hole hitter 3B Anthony Rendon and No. 6 hitter LF Jayson Werth in the lineup, putting Werth at No. 2 and Rendon sixth…Since that switch, Werth is 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles and is reaching base at a .500 clip while Rendon is 8-for-14 (.571) with two doubles, four RBI and a .625 on-base percentage.
- The Nationals have scored 20 runs in this four-game stretch with Werth scoring four, while Rendon has scored three and driven in four.
Since May 9, the Nationals bullpen has posted a 0.62 ERA (2 ER/29.0 IP), 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, a 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has surrendered just three extra base hits (3 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 1.93).
- Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (19 IR, 0 IRS)…Since May 9, no team in MLB has inherited as many runners without allowing one to score.
Nationals RHP Shawn Kelley is one of only two relievers in MLB who has pitched at least 10.0 innings and is yet to allow an earned run…Kelley, who signed a three-year contract with Washington this offseason, is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 19 appearances (15.0 IP) this season…He has struck out 21 batters against just two walks (one of which was intentional) and surrendered 10 hits…SDP RHP Fernando Rodney (16 G, 16.0 IP, 10 SV) is Kelley’s only company.