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St. Louis Cardinals (26-24) vs. Washington Nationals (29-21)
RHP Michael Wacha [2-5, 5.04] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [8-0, 2.79]
Sunday, May 29 l Game #51 / Home # 26 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 1:35 P.M.
Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
Sunday afternoon marks the Nationals’ final home game until June 10 as they’ll wrap up this four-game set with the Cardinals and depart on a three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip to Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Chicago (White Sox).
- The trek is the longest (by days) the Nationals will make this season, matching the final regular-season trip of the year, to Atlanta, Miami, and Pittsburgh.
SHOW OF POWER
Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman turned in the 11th four-hit game of his career on Saturday night, clubbing two home runs, adding two singles and continuing his solid month of May at the plate…Zimmerman matched a career high with the 4-for-4 evening and picked up the 16th multi-homer game of his career (his second this season)…It was the first time the Nationals’ first baseman has posted a four-hit game since July 5, 2014 vs. the Chicago Cubs.
- Zimmerman now has seven home runs in May after clubbing just one in April.
- Since the start of the season’s second month, Zimmerman is hitting .263 with a .324 on-base percetnage and a .547 slugging percentage…He’s hit six doubles to go with his seven home runs, walked eight times, driven in 17 runs, scored 14, and stolen one base…Seven of those 17 RBI have given the Nationals the lead.
IT’S OFFICIAL: MAY IS MURPHY’S MONTH
With a single in the second inning on Saturday night, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy set a new Nationals record (2005-present) for hits in one calendar month with 41…The previous mark of 40, reached by several players, was last attained by Denard Span in August of 2014…The franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for hits in one month is 47, held by OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) and OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994).
- During May, Murphy is 41-for-101, with seven doubles, five home runs, two walks, 15 runs scored and 19 RBI…The 41 hits are also a career high in a single month for Murphy, who posted 40 hits in July, 2011.
- Murphy currently leads Major League Baseball in multi-hit games (24), batting average (.390) and hits (T1st, 70)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (3rd, 1.028), slugging percentage (4th, .604), on-base percentage (5th, .423) and doubles (T13th, 14).
- Having played in 48 of the Nationals’ 50 games, Murphy has at least two hits in half of the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 24 of his last 28 games, going 44-for-109 (.403) with seven doubles, five homers, 21 RBI and 17 runs scored.
ALL GOOD THINGS…
Nationals relievers did not allow a single inherited runner to score from May 9 through May 28, a span in which they inherited 24 runners and kept them all on the bases…That streak ended in the eighth inning on Saturday night vs. STL…No other team in MLB inherited 12 or more runners in that stretch without any scoring…Only the Brewers (11 IR, 0 IRS) relievers joined the Nationals in keeping all of their inherited runners since May 9 from crossing the plate.
- Nationals relievers have posted a 1.47 ERA (8 ER/49.0 IP) since May 9 (18 games)…In that time, the Nationals’ ‘pen has struck out 9.73 batters per nine innings, posted a 4.42 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and surrendered just nine extra base hits (6 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: KCR, 1.94)
New York Mets (26-18) vs. Washington Nationals (27-18)
RHP Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77) | RHP Stephen Strasburg [7-0, 2.80]
Tuesday, May 24 l Game #46 / Home # 21 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
WHERE THINGS STAND
The Nationals continue a seven-game homestand Tuesday night with the second of three games against the New York Mets before 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 27-18 (.600), the Nationals have the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (29-14; .674) and possess the third-best record in Major League Baseball.
- The Nationals’ 27-18 record matched the best mark in team history (2005-pres.) through 45 games, joining the 2015 (27-18) and 2012 Nationals (27-18).
- The Nationals have posted a +50 run differential, the third-best mark in the National League (CHI: +110, STL: +51) and third-best in Major League Baseball (CHI: +110; BOS: +66, STL: +51).
Nationals relievers turned in four scoreless innings of work on Monday night, pushing their ERA since May 9 (13 games) to a miniscule a 0.50 (2 ER/36.1 IP)…In that stretch, the Nationals’ ‘pen has struck out 9.4 batters per nine innings, posted a 3.80 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and surrendered just four extra base hits (4 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 1.55).
- Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (20 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 Milwaukee Brewers (6 IR, 0 IRS) relievers have joined the Nationals in keeping all of their runners inherited since May 9 from crossing the plate.
THE TALENTED MR. MURPHY
With two more hits on Monday night, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy (2-for-4) posted his MLB-best 22nd multi-hit game…Murphy also leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.389) and hits (65), and ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (4th, 1.027), slugging percentage (T6th,.605), on-base percentage (6th, .422) and doubles (T8th, 14).
- Having played in 44 of the Nationals’ 45 games, Murphy has at least two hits in half of the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 20 of his last 24 games, going 38-for-94 (.404) with seven doubles, four homers, 19 RBI and 15 runs scored.
- With 35 hits in May, Murphy is closing in on the Nationals record (2005-present) for hits in a month (Denard Span, 40; August, 2014).
Today was the day of the first full-squad workout for the 2015 Washington Nationals. Instead of rain, which was forecast throughout the Space Coast, there was excitement in the air. From bunt plays, to infield work to outfield drills to batting practice, this was the first day all 60 players in Major League camp got to work together, with their collective eyes on a single goal.
Manager Matt Williams addressed the entire group, (players, coaches, training staff, medical staff, clubhouse staff and front office staff) Thursday morning prior to the workout. He delivered a powerful message about “staying with the process” and let them know that “everything we do here has a purpose.” From there, it was time to go to work.
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Yunel Escobar took the field Thursday morning and instead of going to shortstop, where he’s played the majority of his career, Escobar went right to second base. This spring, the 32-year-old native of La Habana, Cuba will be given a crash course in the fundamentals of playing the position.
Escobar manned second base during the team bunt defense drills before taking full infield work with the rest of the team’s infielders, and batting practice. Following organized workouts, Escobar worked with Williams, shortstop Ian Desmond, and Defensive Coordinator/Advance Coach Mark Weidemaier, who is fluent in Spanish, on basic fundamentals of playing the position.
“What I saw is a guy who certainly has skill and that can play anywhere on the diamond if he wanted to,” Williams said. “Beyond that, what I saw was a guy who came in and asked for some extra work after practice. That’s the most important thing to me. It tells me he will take pride in playing second base and takes pride in his game in general. He wants to work at it. We made an agreement that, barring being sore or going through the ‘Spring Training soreness’ that he would like to do that on an everyday basis. That is a really good sign…If he wants to take grounders at 5 a.m., we’ll be here.”
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“Depends on the guy. Depends on the manager. I’ve played for some guys who could set the tone and some who couldn’t it just depends on the guy. I would say our guy can set the tone,” – Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth on Matt Williams’ first address to the team.
During the marathon of a 162-game baseball season, there are thrilling moments that highlight the successes of every club, from the front runner to the cellar dweller. The 2014 Washington Nationals are no exception, as they have sparked excitement throughout The District while returning to postseason play for the second time in three years.
Denard Span’s 36-game on-base streak, coinciding with some of the Nationals’ best baseball of the year, stands out as one of those nine “Signature Moments” from the regular season.
Span hit .396 (57-for-144) with a .463 on-base percentage, 25 runs scored and 10 stolen bases during the streak, which included 17 multi-hit games. The streak elevated his batting average from .264 to .306 over the 36 games, the top mark on the team, and he continued his stellar play even when the exceptional streak came to an end.
SUMMER OF SPAN | 6.28–8.10
Denard Span’s 36-game on-base streak helped take the Nationals’ offense to new heights.
During the marathon of a 162-game baseball season, there are thrilling moments that highlight the successes of every club. The 2014 Washington Nationals are no exception, as they have sparked excitement throughout The District while returning to postseason play for the second time in three years.
Over the course of the regular season, though there were so many great moments, nine “Signature Moments” stood out above the rest — from Opening Day until the day the Nationals clinched the NL East in Atlanta.
Before the National League Division Series begins in earnest on October 3, we will chronicle those Signature Moments here on Curly W Live — fittingly beginning with the Nationals’ first victory of the 2014 season. Enjoy!
CARDIAC NATS | 3.31
The Nationals, led by Denard Span and Anthony Rendon, used a late rally to defeat the Mets on Opening Day in New York.