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2016 was an exciting season for the Nationals. Not only did we win 95 games and our third division title in five years, but the season was filled with several personal milestones for our players! Today we’re taking a look back at the 2016 season through a few of those milestone numbers:
20 (SCHERZER) – Nationals RHP Max Scherzer joined an exclusive club on May 11th vs. the Detroit Tigers as he became just the fourth pitcher in Major League history to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game, joining Randy Johnson, Kerry Wood and Roger Clemens in the elite club. Scherzer and Johnson are now the only pitchers in MLB history to have a no-hitter and a 20-strikeout game on their resume. Scherzer’s 20 K’s are a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) and the most in D.C.-baseball history since Tom Cheney struck out 21 batters on Sept. 12, 1962 at Baltimore, but in a 16-inning performance. Fourteen of his 20 K’s were swinging strikeouts and, per ESPN Stats & Information, his 33 swings-and-misses were the second-most in a game in any of the past 15 seasons, tying Jeremy Bonderman (2004) and just behind Clayton Kershaw (2015). In addition, Scherzer’s complete-game win over Detroit gave him at least one win over all 30 teams in Major League Baseball, joining RHP John Lackey as the only active pitchers to accomplish the feat.
In addition, Scherzer recorded his 20th victory on the season’s final day against the Miami Marlins. With the win, RHP Max Scherzer became the first right-handed pitcher in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to win 20 games in a season.
20 (SEVERAL PLAYERS) – RHP Max Scherzer was not the only National with a ‘20’ milestone during 2016. 2B Daniel Murphy (25), RF Bryce Harper (24), SS Danny Espinosa (24), C Wilson Ramos (22), LF Jayson Werth (21), and 3B Anthony Rendon (20) all hit at least 20 home runs this season, making the Nationals one of four teams in the Major Leagues with at least six 20+ homer players (Baltimore: 6, Toronto: 6, St. Louis: 6). The 2016 Nationals are officially the most powerful team in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), as they clubbed 203 home runs this season — the most hit by any team in franchise history. The 2012 Nationals hit 194 home runs and the 2000 Expos hit 178.
184 (MURPHY) – With 184 hits over the course of the season, 2B Daniel Murphy equaled the Nationals (2005-Pres.) single season record owned by OF Denard Span (184, 2014). In the process, Murphy also tied Ryan Zimmerman’s record (2006) for doubles in a season with 47, which led the NL. Murphy also led the NL in slugging (.595) and OPS (.985).
100 (HARPER & GONZALEZ) – Through his first 99 career major league home runs, Nationals RF Bryce Harper had yet to hit a grand slam. However, Harper changed that on April 14 and became the first player in Major League history whose 100th career home run and first career grand slam came on the same swing. At 23 years, 181 days old, Harper became the eighth-youngest player in MLB history to reach the 100-homer mark, joining some esteemed company such as Mel Ott, Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Cabrera, and Johnny Bench (via the Elias Sports Bureau). Additionally, Harper joined Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond as the only players to reach the 100 HR-100 double mark while playing with Washington.
Also, LHP Gio Gonzalez earned his 100th career win with an 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on August 26. Gonzalez joined RHP Max Scherzer, RHP Jason Marquis, and RHP Livan Hernandez as the only pitchers to record their 100th career wins as members of the Washington Nationals.
.342 (TURNER) – INF/OF Trea Turner finished the season with a .342 average, the highest by a rookie with at least 290 at-bats since Ichiro Suzuki hit .350 for SEA in 2001 (per Baseball Reference). With 105 hits in 73 games, Trea 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, 33 stolen bases and hit at least .340 in no more than 73 games during his rookie campaign. Lastly, Turner’s 33 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), trailing only Tim Raines (71, 1981), Larry Lintz (50, 1974) and Delino DeShields (42,1990).
Turner earned plenty of hardware for his efforts. He was named the National League Rookie of the Month for both August and September/October, becoming just the fifth Rookie of the Month winner in team history (2005-present). Turner joined OF Bryce Harper (May and Sept./Oct. 2012), and Ryan Church (May, 2005) as the only Nationals rookies ever to take home the monthly award.
46 (WERTH) – From June 20 to August 18, OF Jayson Werth reached base in 46 consecutive games. The streak was a Nationals (2005-Pres.) record, breaking Ryan Zimmerman’s previous streak of 43 consecutive games. It also tied Rusty Staub’s franchise (Nationals/Expos) record on-base streak of 46 games, but Werth’s streak was confined to one season, whereas Staub’s spanned two seasons, from 1969-70. During the 46-game stretch, Werth collected 43 hits (14 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.382 OBP).
5/15 (ESPINOSA) – Over the course of the Nationals’ four game series from June 30th to July 3rd against the Cincinnati Reds, SS Danny Espinosa hit five home runs, one from each side of the plate on Thursday as well as Sunday and included a grand slam in each, and drove in 15 RBI, which set a new franchise record. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since RBI became an official statistic (1920), only three other players have matched Espinosa’s totals in homers and RBI in a series of no more than four games. 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, and also became the first player in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to do so. Espinosa was named the National League Player of the Week, his first such honor, after hitting .423 (11-for-26) with two doubles, five home runs, 17 RBI, one hit by pitch, four walks and eight runs scored.
18/12 (ROARK) – During the 2016 season, RHP Tanner Roark tossed 7.0 innings or more 18 times and recorded 12 starts where he lasted at least seven innings and allowed one run or fewer. In addition, in six of his final seven starts, Roark allowed two runs or fewer and recorded a 2.16 ERA during those seven starts.
13 (STRASBURG) – Nationals All-Star RHP Stephen Strasburg tossed 8.0 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball against the Pirates to secure his 13th victory of the season and improve his record to 13-0 on the year. By doing so, Strasburg became just the eighth starting pitcher in Major League history to begin a season 13-0, and the first since teammate RHP Max Scherzer opened the 2013 season 13-0 for the Detroit Tigers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Scherzer and Strasburg were the first set of teammates (at any point in their careers) to begin a season 13-0 since Hall of Famers “Iron Man” Joe McGinnity and Rube Marquard, who played together on the 1908 New York Giants.
Congratulations to all our players on their accomplishments and we wish them all good luck during the 2016 Postseason!
Philadelphia Phillies (62-77) vs. Washington Nationals (82-57)
RHP Alec Asher [0-0, -.–] | RHP A.J. Cole [1-1, 3.86]
Thursday, September 8 l Game #140 / Home #68 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
With a 5-4, extra-innings victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday morning (secured just before 1 a.m. on a bases-loaded RBI-single by C Wilson Ramos in the 11th inning), the Nationals’ collected their 10th sweep of the 2016 season and recorded their 82nd victory…The triumph ensured that Washington will finish with a winning record for the fifth consecutive season, making them the only team in the Major Leagues to have accomplished that feat with the 2016 season included…Entering 2016 NYY (23 straight seasons), STL (8), and LAD (5) also had active consecutive-season winning streaks.
- The Nationals’ sweep of the Braves pushed their record vs. Atlanta this season to 14-2…With a three-game series on tap at Turner Field Sept. 16-18, Washington is well within striking distance of its best season series record vs. any single opponent in club history (2005-present), a mark currently held by the 2014 team vs. NYM (15-4).
- At 82-57 (.590), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (89-50, .640)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +143 run differential.
- Washington’s 41-26 (.612) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 23 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the second-fewest home games of any team in the NL (67) with 14 of those remaining 23 coming at Nationals Park.
TAMING THE PHILS
The Nationals enter this weekend’s four-game set having swept the Phillies in three straight series for the first time in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) and riding the first nine-game winning streak in franchise history against the Phillies.
MURPHY JOINS CLUB 100
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy went 3-for-6 and drove in two runs with a game-tying single in the seventh inning on Wednesday night…The RBI were No.’s 99 & 100 for Murphy on the season, giving him the sixth 100-RBI season in Nationals history (2005-present)…Murphy is just the fourth player in Nationals history to post a 100-RBI campaign, and the first since 1B Adam LaRoche drove in 100 in 2012…Murphy also joins Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 110; 2009, 106), Adam Dunn (2009, 105; 2010, 103) in the Nationals’ history books.
- Murphy leads the National League in batting average (.345), slugging percentage (.595), OPS (.983), doubles (T1st, 39), and multi-hit games (53)…He also ranks among NL hitters in RBI (2nd, 100), extra base hits (T4th, 69), & hits (T2nd, 171).
- Murphy ranks tied for 3rd in MLB with 30 go-ahead RBI & is 4th with 16 game-winning RBI.
WHAT A RELIEF
With RHP Stephen Strasburg removed due to injury in the third inning and Wednesday’s contest reaching the 11th frame, the Nationals’ bullpen delivered 8.2 innings of work, its most since July 17 vs. PIT (11.0 IP)…Nine relievers combined to throw a bullpen season-high 167 pitches, with seven of the nine posting scoreless appearances.
- The Nationals enter the meat of their September schedule possessing the best bullpen ERA in the National League (3.29), a mark that sits just behind the Kansas City Royals for the best in MLB (3.14)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the National League (39).
- Washington’s ‘pen has been incredibly stingy when inheriting runners, allowing just 25.7 percent of all IR to cross the plate, second in MLB only to SFG’s 21.1 percent.
Washington Nationals (71-49) at Atlanta Braves (44-77)
RHP Tanner Roark [13-6, 2.81] | RHP Julio Teheran [3-9, 2.81]
Friday, August 19 l Game #121 / Road #62 l Turner Field l Atlanta, G.A. l 7:35 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
FEELING RIGHT AT HOME
The Nationals opened this four-game set with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night with an 8-3 victory in their first trip back to Turner Field since Opening Day…The Nationals, who have not lost at Turner Field this season, are 9-1 vs. ATL in 2016…Since the start of the 2015 season, Washington is 23-6 against Atlanta and outscoring the Braves 165-86.
- At 71-49 (.592), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (77-43, .642)…The Nationals, Cubs, and Rangers are the only 70-win teams in the Major Leagues…Reaching the 70-win mark on Monday, in game No. 117, the 2016 Nationals are the fastest in club history to that total since the 2012 Nationals picked up win No. 70 in game No. 113
- WSH also ranks second in MLB with a +143 run differential, behind only the Cubs (+209).
- As a team, the Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 159), runs scored (4th, 576), and walks (4th, 418)…Washington’s 903 strikeouts as a club are the second-fewest in the National League.
- The Nationals’ current three-city trip will continue on Friday night with the second of four in Atlanta before moving on to Baltimore on Monday.
SLIDE OVER, STAUB
With an RBI-double in the fifth inning on Thursday night, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his career-best on-base streak to 46 games, tying Rusty Staub for the longest on-base streak in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) and extending his Nationals record (2005-present).
- Werth is now chasing CIN 1B Joey Votto, who reached base in 48 consecutive games to close the 2015 season (Aug. 11-Oct. 2) and is the most recent NL player with a streak longer than Werth’s…Werth surpassed 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 consecutive games from April 8 – May 25, 2009, for the Nationals (2005-pres.) record.
- While Werth’s streak, which began on June 20 at LAD, is currently confined in one season, Staub’s spanned multiple seasons, from 1969-70.
- During this stretch, Werth has collected 43 hits (14 2B, 6 HR) & 32 walks (.382 OBP)…Werth also clubbed his fourth home run in his last 12 games on Monday and is slugging .630 in that stretch.
LOOK AT MR. LOPEZ
Nationals rookie RHP Reynaldo Lopez struck out 11 Braves over 7.0 innings of work on Thursday, the fourth Major League start of his career…Lopez is just the fourth rookie pitcher in Nationals history to post a double-digit strikeout game and is now tied for second in Nationals history (2005-present) for the most strikeouts in a game by a rookie pitcher…He joins LHP John Lannan (April 17, 2008) and RHP Joe Ross (June 19, 2015) with 11, trailing only RHP Stephen Strasburg’s 14 strikeouts on June 8, 2010.
- Lopez is the 11th rookie pitcher to strikeout at least 11 Braves in a game since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966, the first since NYM RHP Jacob deGrom struck out 11 on 7/8/14.
LARCENY IN HIS VEINS
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner stole his 13th base of the season on Thursday night, in his 31st Major League game of the year…All of Turner’s 13 steals have come since the All-Star break, the third-most stolen bases in MLB in that span (CIN’s Billy Hamilton is first with 30).
- Turner’s 13 stolen bases also rank fourth among all rookies, and all ahead of him on the list have played in 46 games or more…In his last seven games, Turner is 14-for-37 (.378) with three doubles, two triples, one home run, four RBI, five stolen bases and 11 runs scored.
- Dating to the All-Star break, Turner leads MLB lead in triples (6) & ranks third in SB (13).
- Among players with at least 12 stolen bases this season, Turner is one of only three who hasn’t been caught more than once.
- Turner’s six triples are already tied for the ninth-most in MLB and lead all rookies.
August 17, 2009 – The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with RHP Stephen Strasburg, the number one overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from San Diego State University. Strasburg signed the contract at Nationals Park and greeted more than 1,000 fans in a public press conference held near third base.
Washington Nationals (60-42) at San Francisco Giants (59-43)
RHP Max Scherzer [10-6, 2.92] | RHP Jeff Samardzija [9-6, 4.22]
Friday, July 29 l Game #103 / Road #52 l AT&T Park l San Francisco, Calif. l 7:15 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
ABOUT LAST NIGHT
The Nationals recorded eight two-out hits and four two-out RBI to pull away from the Giants in the first game of this four-game weekend set, topping San Francisco, 4-2… The eight two-out hits matched a season-high, according to STATS, LLC (also: April 15 at Philadelphia).
- Not only do these clubs lead their respective divisions, Washington (60-42, .588) and San Francisco (59-42, .584) boast two of the top three records in the National League…They trail the Chicago Cubs (61-40, .604).
- Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +113 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+155).
ROARK JOINS THE 10-WIN CLUB
RHP Tanner Roark allowed one earned run on four hits in 7.0 innings of work to earn his 10th win of the season…With the win, Washington (RHP Stephen Strasburg-14, RHP Tanner Roark-10, RHP Max Scherzer-10) joins the Chicago Cubs (RHP Jake Arrieta-12, RHP Jason Hammel-10, LHP Jon Lester-10) as the only clubs in Major League Baseball to have three 10-game winners.
- With his effort last night, Roark has allowed one earned run or fewer while pitching 7.0 innings eight times this season…Those eight outings are tied for the second-most in MLB this season…CHI LHP Jon Lester has done it nine times.
ALL ABOUT GETTING ON BASE
With a single in the fifth inning on Thursday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth extended his onbase streak to a career-high 31 games…It is tied for the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and is tied for the fifth-longest on-base streak in MLB this season (BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia, 6/21-pres)…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna owns the longest streak in MLB this season (36 games, 4/21-5/29).
- During this stretch, Werth has collected 25 hits (10 2B, 2 HR), 25 walks and has posted a .376 on-base percentage along the way.
Washington Nationals (59-42) at San Francisco Giants (59-42)
RHP Tanner Roark [9-6, 3.05] | RHP Johnny Cueto [13-2, 2.53]
Thursday, July 28 l Game #102 / Road #51 l AT&T Park l San Francisco, Calif. l 7:15 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals and Giants square off this weekend in a battle of first-place clubs starting Thursday night at AT&T Park…Not only do these clubs lead their respective divisions, Washington (59-42, .584) and San Francisco (59-42, .584) are tied with each other for the second-best record in the National League…They trail the Chicago Cubs (60-40, .600).
- Washington ranks second in Major League Baseball with a +111 run differential, behind only the Chicago Cubs (+153).
STRAS GETS BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN
After having his 13-game winning streak snapped in his previous outing, RHP Stephen Strasburg tossed 7.0 innings of three-hit, shutout ball on Wednesday at CLE, to earn his 14th win of the season…CF Trea Turner went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI and 2B Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer to help the Nationals top the Indians, 4-1.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg is the first pitcher in Nationals/Expos history, to win at least 14 of his first 15 decisions in a season…Prior to this season, 13 pitchers won at least 14 of their first 15 decisions of a season in the Cy Young Award era (since 1956).
THE STREAK IS EXTENDED…TWICE
Prior to Wednesday’s contest against Cleveland, the official scorer at Progressive Field announced that 2B Daniel Murphy’s hard-hit ball past 3B Juan Uribe in the first inning on Tuesday (originally ruled an error) was indeed a hit…That ruling extended Murphy’s hitting streak to 12 games…In the sixth inning on Wednesday, Murphy clubbed his 20th home run of the season, extending his streak to 13 games…It is his longest hitting streak of the season and is one game shy of the longest of his career (Sept. 19, 2013 – April 5, 2014)
- During the streak, Murphy is 20-for-48 (.417) with eight doubles, six home runs, 19 RBI, two walks, one stolen base, and 11 runs scored.
- Murphy leads the National League in average (.354), slugging percentage (.624), OPS (1.014), hits (130), doubles (31), and multi-hit games (41).
- In addition to those categories, Murphy leads all NL second basemen in home runs (20), RBI (75) and extra base hits (55).
San Diego Padres (41-55) vs. Washington Nationals (57-39)
RHP Luis Perdomo [3-4, 7.36] | RHP Tanner Roark [9-5, 2.82]
Friday, July 22 l Game #97 / Home #49 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
HOMESTAND HOME STRETCH
The Nationals and San Diego Padres will open a three-game set on Friday to close out Washington’s first homestand of the second half…After the homestand, which is just the Nationals’ second of nine games or more this season, the team will hit the road for a 10-game, 11-day trek to Cleveland (2), San Francisco (4) and Arizona (3)…After Sunday’s contest vs. SDP, the Nationals will not return to Nationals Park until August 5, when they’ll welcome San Francisco.
- Washington is a National League-best 14-7 in its last 21 games, dating to June 26…In this stretch, the Nationals are outscoring opponents 110-65.
- The Nationals’ 57-39 (.594) record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Giants (57-38, .600) and the Chicago Cubs (57-37, .606).
YOU CAN FIND HIM ON BASE
Nationals LF Jayson Werth’s pinch-hit double in the eighth inning on Thursday afternoon extended his current on-base streak to 25 games — the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, and the fourth-longest of Werth’s career (29 games, Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015)…It is also the 11th-longest on-base streak in MLB this season…During this stretch, Werth has collected 20 hits and 23 walks.
Washington’s 6-3 loss to the Dodgers was the first losing decision of the season for RHP Stephen Strasburg, halting his personal 16-game winning streak, as well as the sixth-longest winning streak to begin a season in MLB history (tied with RHP Max Scherzer (2013) and LHP Ron Guidry (1978).
- Strasburg’s 16-game personal winning streak dated to Sept. 15, 2015 and was the second-longest in D.C.-baseball history, behind only the 17-game run of RHP Firpo Marberry (June 23, 1930-July 25, 1931).
- Strasburg was the third National League starting pitcher ever to start a season 13-0, and the first since NYG LHP Rube Marquard began the 1912 season 18-0.
ALL HE DOES IS HIT
Daniel Murphy has a hit in eight straight games, going 12-for-20 (.400) in this stretch, with five doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, one walk, one stolen base, and six runs scored.
- Murphy currently leads all National League batters in average (.350), doubles (28), and multi-hit games (39), while also leading all NL second basemen in doubles, home runs (18), RBI (69), multi-hit games, OPS (.996), and SLG (.607).
- Murphy’s two-out, two-strike, ninth-inning, pinch-hit home run on Sunday was the fourth pinch-hit home run of his career, and his first since April 27, 2011 (playing for the New York Mets, against then-WSH RHP Tyler Clippard).
Pittsburgh Pirates (46-44) vs. Washington Nationals (55-36)
RHP Gerrit Cole [5-4, 2.77] | RHP Tanner Roark [8-5, 3.01]
Saturday, July 16 l Game #92 / Home #44 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
LIKE THEY NEVER LEFT
The Washington Nationals opened the second “half” of the 2016 season on Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Nationals’ fourth straight win — dating to before the All-Star break…The Nationals seemed to pick up right where they left off, as their 54 wins before the break were the most in team history (2005-present) and matched the 1994 Expos for the most in franchise history tallied before the Midsummer Classic.
- With win No. 1 of the second half secured, the Nationals’ 55-36 (.604) record is good for the third-best record in the Major Leagues, behind only the Chicago Cubs (54-35, .607) and San Francisco Giants (57-34, .626).
STRASBURG SHINES IN LUCKY NO. 13
Nationals All-Star RHP Stephen Strasburg tossed 8.0 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball on Friday night to secure his 13th victory of the season and run his record to 13-0 this season…Strasburg’s streaks continue to forge his way into history:
- Strasburg is the eighth starting pitcher in Major League history to begin a season 13-0, and the first since teammate RHP Max Scherzer opened the 2013 season 13-0 for the Detroit Tigers…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Scherzer and Strasburg are the first set of teammates (at any point in their careers) to begin a season 13-0 since Hall of Famers “Iron Man” Joe McGinnity and Rube Marquard…McGinnity went 14-0 for the New York Giants in 1904, while Marquard started 19-0 for the Giants in 1912 (18-0 as a starting pitcher)…While Strasburg and Scherzer figure to remain teammates for quite some time, McGinnity and Marquard were teammates only briefly with NYG in 1908.
- Strasburg’s personal winning streak now sits at 16 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015), a franchise best (Nationals Expos)…The streak trails only that of RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31) for the longest by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history.
- Strasburg is also just the third National League starting pitcher ever to open a season with a 13-0 record, first since Marquard’s in 1912…He also now owns the sixth-longest streak to open a season in MLB history, tied with Scherzer & LHP Ron Guidry (1978)…Via Elias:
Rk Name Year Streak
1 Rube Marquard (NYG) 1912 18
T2 Dave McNally (BAL) 1969 15
T2 Johnny Allen (CLE) 1937 15
T2 Jim McCormick (CHC) 1886 15
5 Roger Clemens (BOS) 1986 14
T6 Max Scherzer (DET) 2013 13
T6 Ron Guidry (NYY) 1978 13
T6 Stephen Strasburg (WSH) 2016 13
BUMP FROM THE BENCH
Nationals 1B Clint Robinson stepped into the starting lineup on Friday evening and went 2-for-4, including the game-tying RBI…Meanwhile, CF Michael A. Taylor got the start in the outfield and added a two-run homer to give the Nationals’ some cushion in the seventh.
- For Robinson, the RBI-single marked the seventh time in his last nine starts that he has contributed an RBI, and in 20 starts this season he has collected 17 RBI.
- Taylor has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 starting assignments, going 28-for-99 (.283) in that stretch with eight doubles, four homers, nine RBI, six walks, six stolen bases and 16 runs.
Pittsburgh Pirates (46-43) vs. Washington Nationals (54-36)
LHP Francisco Liriano [5-8, 5.15] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [12-0, 2.62]
Friday, July 15 l Game #91 / Home #43 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN / WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates will open the second “half” of the 2016 season Friday night at Nationals Park, kicking things off after the All-Star break with a three-game set…The Nationals will be looking to pick up where they left off, as their 54 wins before the break were the most in team history (2005-present) and matched the 1994 Expos for the most in franchise history tallied before the Midsummer Classic…Washington’s 54-36 (.600) record is tied for the third-best record in the Major Leagues (along with Texas), and behind only the Chicago Cubs (53-35, .602) and San Francisco Giants (57-33, .633).
Nationals All-Star 2B Daniel Murphy is making quite a case for the best free agent signing of the offseason as he enters the second half leading the Major Leagues with a .348 batting average…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Murphy is just the second player in the last 50 seasons to lead MLB in batting average at the All-Star break in his first year with a team…Murphy joins former Nationals catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, who hit .369 and led MLB at the break in 2004 with the Detroit Tigers (after leaving the Marlins as a free agent).
- Murphy’s tremendous first half was due in part to his outstanding performances against his former team, the New York Mets…In 13 games against the Mets this year, Murphy has hit .423 with seven home runs and 21 RBI, while collecting at least one hit in every game…According to Elias, his seven HR and 21 RBI are each the most ever for a player at the All-Star break against the team for which he played the previous season…In fact, not since Roger Maris drove in 27 runs for NYY against OAK in 1960 has any player driven in as many as Murphy’s 21 in their first season vs. their old team…Also via Elias, no player since Willie Stargell (7) in 1966 has hit as many as seven home runs against the Mets in the season’s first half…Additionally, Murphy joins Tony Gwynn as the only players with a hit in each of his first 13 career games against the Mets.
- In addition to batting average, Murphy also leads all National League second basemen in doubles (25), home runs (17), RBI (66), and slugging percentage (.598).
Nationals All-Star RHP Stephen Strasburg takes the mound on Friday night looking to extend both of his impressive winning streaks:
- His personal winning streak sits at 15 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015), a franchise best (Nationals Expos)…The streak trails only that of RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31) for the longest streak by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history…It is tied with RHP General Crowder (15 G, 8/2/32-4/12/33) for the second-longest streak.
- Strasburg is the first National League starting pitcher to begin a season 12-0 since 1913…Via Elias, Strasburg is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to go 12-0 or better before the All-Star break, joining BAL LHP Dave McNally (13-0, 1969), PIT RHP Roy Face (12-0, 1959) & CIN RHP Brooks Lawrence (12-0, 1956).
- The Nationals are currently the only team in the National League with two 10-game winners, RHP Max Scherzer (10) and Strasburg (12).
Last week, five Washington Nationals players were named 2016 Major League All-Stars, with OF Bryce Harper, 2B Daniel Murphy, C Wilson Ramos, RHP Max Scherzer and RHP Stephen Strasburg all awarded the annual mid-season honor.
This is the first time in Nationals history (2005-present) that the club will send five representatives to the Midsummer Classic. Washington previously had four All-Star players in 2012. The Nationals’ five honorees are second-most in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs, who will send seven players to San Diego.
In anticipation of tonight’s game, we thought it would be fitting to take a look at our All-Stars and some of the amazing stats they’ve put up through the season’s first “half.”
OF Bryce Harper – Harper will start in the National League outfield for the third time in his career. The 23-year-old earned his fourth career All-Star selection by garnering 2,865,095 fan votes, the highest vote total among all NL outfielders. The 2015 National League MVP, Harper currently leads the Major Leagues in walks (70) and intentional walks (16). He ranks fifth in the National League in on-base percentage (.400), while his 19 home runs are tied for fifth among all NL outfielders, and his OBP leads that group. Harper joins Hall of Famers Gary Carter (4) and Andre Dawson (3) as the only players in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to earn at least three fan elections to the All-Star Game.
2B Daniel Murphy – For Murphy, who signed a three-year contract with Washington this past offseason, this is the second All-Star selection of his career (also 2014). The Nationals’ second baseman leads the National League in batting average (.348), hits (117), and multi-hit games (38). The 31-year-old, a players’ selection to the NL squad, also leads all NL second basemen in doubles (25), home runs (17), RBI (66), and slugging (.598).
C Wilson Ramos – This is the first All-Star nod for Ramos, who currently leads all qualified Major League catchers in batting average (.330), on-base percentage (.382), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.536). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, after hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to increase his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 plate appearances in 2016 / 500 plate appearances in 2015). Ramos was elected via player vote.
RHP Max Scherzer – Scherzer is an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season. The 31-year-old leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts (164), ranks second in the National League in strikeouts-per-nine-innings (11.56) and is tied for the second-best WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) in the NL (0.96). Scherzer earned his 10th win of the season on Saturday night, tossing 7.0 innings of three-hit ball. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the fourth consecutive season in which Scherzer has won at least 10 games before the All-Star break. Only two other pitchers reached double digits in wins prior to the break in each of four consecutive seasons over the last 20 seasons: RHP Greg Maddux (1997-2001) and RHP Roy Halladay (2005-11). Scherzer was selected to replace teammate Stephen Strasburg on the 2016 All-Star team by National League manager Terry Collins.
RHP Stephen Strasburg – For Strasburg, the only remaining qualified starting pitcher in MLB not to suffer a losing decision, the All-Star nod is the second of his career (also 2012). At 12-0 with a 2.62 ERA, Strasburg is the first National League starting pitcher to begin a season 12-0 since 1913. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to go 12-0 or better before the All-Star break, joining BAL LHP Dave McNally (13-0 in 1969), PIT reliever RHP Roy Face (12-0 in 1959) and CIN reliever RHP Brooks Lawrence (12-0 in 1956). On Friday, he extended his personal winning streak to 15 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015). He was selected to the 2016 All-Star team by National League manager Terry Collins.
Good luck to all the Nationals representatives tonight in the 2016 Major League All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego!