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Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1) at Washington Nationals (1-1)
RHP Kenta Maeda [16-11, 3.48] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [11-11, 4.57]
Monday, October 10 l Game #3 / NLDS l Dodger Stadium l Los Angeles, C.A. l 1:08 P.M. (PT)
Television: FS1 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals and Dodgers split the first two games of this NLDS with the Dodgers securing the victory in Game 1 before Washington rebounded to take Game 2…Theirs is the only NLDS series this Postseason in which each team has won at least one game.
- With Saturday’s rainout, the clubs traveled to LA overnight to open Game 3 at Dodger Stadium at 1:08 p.m. PT on Monday…Game 4 is slated for 2:08 p.m. PT on Tuesday.
With the Nationals trailing, 2-0, in the fourth inning on Sunday, C Jose Lobaton crushed a three-run home run to left field to put Washington up, 3-2 — a lead from which they never looked back…It was the second career Postseason home run for Lobaton, who hit a walk-off homer for the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of the 2013 ALDS against Boston and has now left the yard with two of his three career Postseason knocks.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lobaton is just the second catcher in MLB Postseason history to hit a lead-assuming home run with his team trailing by at least two runs…He joins Jim Hegan, who hit a three-run homer in Game 5 of the 1948 World Series for Cleveland, turning a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead…Cleveland won the title in six games.
The 2016 Nationals have several members of their roster who are no strangers to the Postseason — and multiple who are also no strangers to Postseason success:
- 2B Daniel Murphy: The 2015 National League Championship Series MVP, Murphy almost single-handedly led the New York Mets to the World Series last season…In 16 career Postseason games, Murphy has hit .359 (23-for-64) with two doubles, seven home runs, 13 RBI, eight walks, 14 runs scored, and a .719 slugging percentage…Murphy’s otherworldly 2015 Postseason included a Major League record six consecutive games with a home run.
- LF Jayson Werth: The elder statesman of the 2016 Nationals, Werth has played in 55 career playoff games spanning eight different seasons…In helping lead the Philadelphia Phillies to back-to-back World Series appearances (including the 2008 title) in 2008-2009, Werth hit .292 with seven doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 18 walks, 17 RBI and 22 runs scored…Werth’s career in Washington is not without its own Postseason highlights, though, as his iconic walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS is one of the most celebrated moments in Nationals history…On the whole, Werth’s 14 career Postseason home runs rank fifth-most among all active Major Leaguers.
Washington Nationals (51-35) at New York Mets (46-38)
RHP Lucas Giolito [0-0, 0.00] | RHP Bartolo Colon [7-4, 2.87]
Thursday, July 7 l Game #87 / Road #45 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
FOUR MORE FOR THE ROAD
The Nationals’ conclude the season’s first “half” this weekend at Citi Field where they will play a four-game set against the New York Mets…Following these four, Washington, like the rest of baseball, will embark on the All-Star break from Monday-Thursday…The Nationals will open the second “half” with a nine-game homestand where they will welcome Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (NL), and San Diego to Nationals Park.
- At 51-35 (.593), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (54-33, .621) and the Chicago Cubs (52-32, .619).
- The Nationals run differential sits at +99, second-best in MLB behind the Cubs (+149).
Washington’s starter tonight, RHP Lucas Giolito, was born on July 14, 1994…RHP Bartolo Colon, who starts for New York, was in his first professional season in 1994, playing for the Burlington Indians of the rookie-level Appalachian League.
- According to researchers Cory Schwartz and Bryan Evans of MLB, Colon made a start for Burlington on July 13, 1994, the day before Giolito was born.
Washington went 7-3 on its most recent homestand, clubbing 36 extra-base hits (18 doubles, three triples and 16 home runs) as well as a .475 team slugging percentage along the way.
- The Nationals avoided the sweep on Wednesday topping the Brewers 7-4 behind home runs by RF Bryce Harper (3-R), C Jose Lobaton (solo) and 1B Ryan Zimmerman (2-R).
Since June 1, Washington ranks among all National League squads in OPS (1st, .800), onbase percentage (1st, .341) , runs scored (2nd, 177), slugging percentage (2nd, .459), HR (2nd, 48), walks (2nd, 116), doubles (T2nd, 62), and batting average (4th, .270).
- Since June 1, SS Danny Epinosa is third in the NL with a .718 slugging percentage…He paces the Nationals and ranks tied for second in the NL with 12 HR, while his 29 RBI are a team-high, and rank tied for fourth in the NL.
- LF Jayson Werth leads Nationals hitters and ranks fifth in the National League with a .432 on-base percentage since June 1…His 25 walks since June 1 are third-most in the NL.
New York Mets (40-34) vs. Washington Nationals (44-32)
RHP Noah Syndergaard [8-2, 2.08] | RHP Joe Ross [6-4, 3.11]
Monday, June 27 l Game #77 / Home #33 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
HOME SWEET HOME
The Nationals return home to open a 10-game homestand that will feature the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers…Washington headed home on a high note Sunday evening after a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park to conclude their 10-game, 11-day road trip west…The win snapped the Nationals’ seven-game losing streak, halting what had been the team’s longest skid since 2009.
- Washington kicks off its longest homestand of the season to date on Monday…With 76 games in the rearview, the Nationals will enjoy their first homestand longer than seven games (10) as the Mets come to town…Washington will play 19 of its next 23 games at home.
- At 44-32 (.579), the Nationals have the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-28, .636) and the Chicago Cubs (48-26, .649).
HITTING 100, AND MORE
Nationals C Jose Lobaton’s solo home run in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon was Washington’s 100th of the season…Reaching that milestone mark in just 76 games, the 2016 Nationals are now the fastest in team history (2005-present) to club 100 longballs, per STATS, LLC…The 2006 Nationals, the previous fastest, hit their 100th home run Game No. 93.
- The Nationals added home run No. 101 with 1B Clint Robinson’s blast in the eighth, and it appears they were not alone in home run heaven: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were 52 homers hit on Sunday, the most on any single day in MLB in more than 10 years (since June 11, 2006), when 54 home runs were hit…Over the first three months this season, home runs have increased league-wide — from 2.09/game in April, to 2.28/game in May, and a near-record 2.52/game in June.
- Also via Elias, there are only two months in Major League history in which the per-game home-run average was as high is it currently is for June (min. 10 G: The first two months of the 2000 season: 2.56 in April and 2.64 in May.
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The latest round of NL All-Star balloting is expected to be released Monday evening…As of the previous update (Wednesday), here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:
- C Wilson Ramos, who ranked third among NL catchers with 899,063 votes, leads all Major League catchers and is fourth in MLB (second in the NL) in batting average (.342)…He also leads all MLB catchers in RBI (41), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.563), and fewest strikeouts (30)…His 12 home runs lead National League catchers and are tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez and Houston’s Evan Gattis for the most among MLB catchers…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
- 2B Daniel Murphy had racked up 1,573,890 votes as of Wednesday and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist…Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.349), paces the National League in hits (98) and multi-hit games (31), and ranks second in the NL in OPS (.968)…He also ranks among NL hitters in slugging percentage (4th, .577) and on-base percentage (10th, .391)…Murphy leads NL second basemen in doubles (20), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.577).
- Based on Wednesday’s update, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks second in MLB in walks (60) and 13th in on-base percentage (.395)…His 13 go-ahead RBI are tied for seventh in the NL.