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Hard hitting in the Windy City

hammer2.jpgOnce he made his way into the lineup, Josh Willingham began to tear the cover off of the ball. This season, he is projected to hit a career-high 28 home runs and finish the season batting over .300 for the second time in his career. With another two-home run game last night in a 15-6 romp over the Chicago Cubs, Willingham now has five two-home run games this season, including the July 27th game where he hit two grand slams. All of those games occurred on the road, where Willingham has shined this season.  Here is a look at The Hammer’s home vs. away production:
































Willingham ranks 8th in the National League in terms of percent of flyballs that are home runs (HR/FB) with 20.6 (min. 370 PA). But if you look at Willingham’s home/road splits, Willingham has hit 32.0% of flyballs for home runs on the road versus only 9.6% at home. 

The Nats have 34 games remaining in the season, including tonight’s game at Chicago. Of those, 19 are on the road, which will give Willingham a great shot at reaching some career highs.

Elias Sports Bureau had this to say about Willingham’s night last night:
Josh Willingham went 4-for-4, scoring five runs and driving in six in the Nationals’ 15-6 win at Wrigley Field. During the live-ball era, only five other players went 4-for-4 or better in one game, but had more runs and more RBIs than they had hits: Sean Casey (1999), Ken Griffey Jr. (1996), George Foster (1977), Rocky Colavito (1959) and Lou Gehrig (1928).

dukes2.jpgAlso, Notes from NatsTown would like to congratulate Elijah Dukes on his first career grand slam, which he hit in the 5th inning last night and helped the Nationals increase their lead to 9-1. Along with the grand slam, Dukes went 2-3 with two walks to break out of a 1-for-20 slump.

Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. as the Nationals go for a second straight win against the Cubs.

Lineups 8/24

Lopez – 2B
Catalanotto – RF
Braun – LF
Fielder – 1B
McGehee – 3B
Cameron – CF
Kendall – C
Gallardo – RHP (11-10, 3.56)
Escobar – SS

Morgan – CF
Guzman – SS
Zimmerman – 3B
Dunn – 1B
Willingham – RF
Harris – LF
Gonzalez – 2B
Nieves – C
Balester – RHP (1-3, 6.75)


From the Stats Gurus…

The Nationals are fortunate enough to have two of the best defensive fielders in the game.  According to, one of the leading websites in baseball statistics, Nyjer Morgan ranks first overall in the Major Leagues in terms of fielding runs above average, while Ryan Zimmerman ranks fifth. No other team has two players within the top 10. Here are the top five:

Name                          Team                                Fielding          RAR               WAR

Nyjer Morgan              Nationals/Pirates                  26.7                 48.0                 4.8
Franklin Gutierrez         Mariners                              18.3                 40.3                 4.0
Ben Zobrist                  Rays                                    17.5                 62.6                 6.2
Randy Winn                 Giants                                  17.2                 19.5                 1.9
Ryan Zimmerman         Nationals                             16.5                 59.3                 5.9

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Fielding runs above average means the number of runs a player prevents over the number of runs that the average player would prevent.  So for example, Nyjer Morgan prevents 26.7 runs above the average player. The RAR shows the Runs Above Replacement, which factors in a player’s offense and defense and combines that with a replacement-level adjustment and a positional adjustment to determine how many runs a player is worth to his team. Ten RAR equals an extra win for a team, or the Wins Above Replacement (WAR).  The Nationals are one of only two teams with multiple players in the top 15 in the Majors for WAR (the other is the Rays, who have three).