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Nationals Game Notes: June 13 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Chicago Cubs (43-18) vs. Washington Nationals (39-24)
RHP Kyle Hendricks [4-5, 2.90] | RHP Max Scherzer [7-4, 3.57]
Monday, June 13 l Game #64 / Home #30 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SWEEP = SEALED
The Nationals’ 5-4 walk-off win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday evening secured Washington’s sixth series sweep of the season and the Nationals’ third within the confines of Nationals Park…LF Jayson Werth stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth, the Nationals trailing by a run, and sent the 34,294 fans in attendance home happy with a two-run walk-off single…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was just the second time in Werth’s MLB career he’s produced a walk-off RBI after coming to the plate with his team trailing…The first? That happened in 2010, when Werth hit a two-run home run off former Nationals RHP Drew Storen that sealed a 7-6 Philadelphia Phillies victory.

  • Thanks to their sweeping ways, the Nationals have won 10 of their last 13 games…During this stretch, which dates to May 29, Washington is averaging 6.5 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 85-52…The Nationals’ 85 runs scored lead the National League and rank third in Major League Baseball behind Baltimore (91) and Seattle (88).
  • At 39-24, the Nationals have posted their best record through 63 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1994 & 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind the Chicago Cubs (43-18, .705) (who visit Nationals Park for three games starting Monday)…Washington is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in Major League Baseball.

ALL-STAR CASES TO BE MADE
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 Major League Baseball in batting average (.369)…He leads the National League and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (2nd, 28), OPS (2nd, 1.018), slugging percentage (2nd, .609) and hits (3rd, 86) while his .409 on-base percentage is ninth in MLB and sixth in the National League…Murphy’s 3.0 Wins Above Replacement (per FanGraphs.com) is tied with CHI OF Dexter Fowler and 3B Kris Bryant for second in the National League, behind only COL 3B Nolan Arenado (3.1).
  • C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, posting a .364 (12-for-33) avrage with two doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, four walks and 10 runs scored during that span….Just shy of qualifying for league leaders (3.1 PA/Team Game) Ramos leads all Major League catchers (min. 180 PA) in batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.383), slugging percentage (.548) and fewest strikeouts (23)…Ramos also leads MLB catchers with 34 RBI and his nine home runs are tied for first with HOU’s Evan Gattis, KCR’s Salvador Perez and MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy….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 8) with 1,119,168 fan votes to date…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks second in MLB in walks (52), first in intentional walks (13) and seventh in OBP (.412).

ESPI-POWER
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa continued his power surge on Sunday afternoon, sending his 11th home run of the season to left center field in the second inning…Espinosa has now hit eight home runs in his last 15 games (dating to May 26), the second-most in Major League Baseball in that span, behind only Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (9)…Eight of Espinosa’s last 15 hits have been home runs.

  • From May 26 to June 10, the Nationals homered in a team record (2005-pres.) 14 consecutive games…It was the second-longest streak in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history behind the 16 game run the 1999 Expos put together from May 18-June 5 of that season…The 14-game streak was the second longest home-run streak in Major League Baseball this season (BOS – 22 games – 4/29-5/22).

Nationals Game Notes: June 11 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies (29-32) vs. Washington Nationals (37-24)

RHP Aaron Nola [5-4, 2.65] | RHP Tanner Roark [4-4, 3.21]

Saturday, June 11 l Game #62 / Home #28 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 12:05 P.M.

Television: MASN/MLBN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

POWER HOUR

The Nationals kicked off this weekend set with the Philadelphia Phillies with a 9-6 win last night…Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Nationals clubbed back-to-back home runs thanks to solo homers from C Wilson Ramos and 3B Stephen Drew.

  • It was the eighth time the Nationals have gone back-to-back this season and the third time Drew has been involved in back-to-back home runs.
  • According to Stats, LLC., the eight back-to-backs are tied (w/2013 Nationals) for second most in team history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (9) and are second-most in Major League Baseball behind the Baltimore Orioles (10).
  • SS Danny Espinosa added his 10th home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning… He has now homered in seven of his last 14 games and his seven home runs are tied for third in MLB over that stretch.

PERFECT 10 OR LUCKY 13…BOTH WORK

RHP Stephen Strasburg improved to 10-0 and extended his winning streak to 13 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015) last night…The 13-game winning streak matched RHP Stan Coveleski (5/9/1925 – 7/26/1925) and RHP Walter Johnson (7/15/1924 – 9/22/1924) for the third-longest winning streak by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history…The 13-game streak is the longest in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history.

  • According to ESPN Stats and Information, Strasburg is the first National League starter to begin a season 10-0 since SDP’s RHP Andy Hawkins went 11-0 in 1985.

HIT THE BALL…

The Nationals, as a team, lead the National League in home runs (85)…Nationals hitters also rank fifth in the NL in walks (213) and their 466 strikeouts are the third-fewest in the NL.

…AND PITCH IT

Washington’s pitching staff leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts (581) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings with 9.50…The Nationals staff also ranks among MLB leaders in ERA (3rd, 3.27), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4th, 3.38), walks/hits per innings pitched (3rd, 1.14) and hits per nine innings (3rd, 7.49).

Nationals Game Notes: June 8 at Chicago White Sox

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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

HIT PARADE
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).

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
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).

Nationals Game Notes: June 7 at Chicago White Sox

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Washington Nationals (34-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-28)
RHP Joe Ross [5-4, 2.37] | RHP Mat Latos [6-1, 4.02]
Tuesday, June 7 l Game #58 / Road #32 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

BACK IN THE WINDY CITY
The Nationals visit the Windy City for the second time in a month, this time to square off against the White Sox in a three-game Interleague series…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.

  • At 34-23 (.596), the Nationals have the third best record in Major League Baseball behind the Chicago Cubs (40-16, .714) and Texas Rangers (35-22, .614).
  • The Nationals have played to an 19-12 (.613) record on the road thus far this season, behind only the Cubs (18-8, .692) and Seattle Mariners (19-11, .633) in MLB.

NEVER A DOUBT
The Nationals avoided the sweep on Sunday, topping the Cincinnati Reds in come-from-behind fashion…Washington trailed, 5-0, after two innings, but went on to score five runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth, eventually topping the Reds, 10-9…It was the Nationals’ 15th come-from-behind win of the season and the five-run deficit was their largest deficit overcome to win in 2016.

  • The Nationals’ 3-4-5 hitters (RF Bryce Harper (3-for-5, 2 R), 2B Daniel Murphy (3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R) and C Wilson Ramos (3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R)) each collected at least three hits and two runs scored in the win…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the first time since July 11, 2009 that the three players in the 3-4-5 spots in Washington’s batting order each had at least three hits and two runs scored (1B Nick Johnson, OF Josh Willingham and OF Adam Dunn) in the same game.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
In seven games dating to May 29, Nationals C Wilson Ramos is 12-for-23 (.522) with two doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, two walks and eight runs scored…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 170 PA) in batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.392), slugging percentage (.569) and fewest strikeouts (20).

  • Ramos leads all MLB catchers with 31 RBI, while his 56 hits are second, and his eight home runs are tied for third.
  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.

HITTERS HIT
The Nationals’ batters are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets for the National League lead in home runs (76)…Nationals hitters also rank tied for sixth in the NL in walks (198) and their 441 strikeouts are tied for the third-fewest in the National League.

PITCHERS PITCH
Washington’s pitching staff leads Major League Baseball in strikeouts (541) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings (9.44)…The Nationals’ hurlers also rank in MLB in ERA (3rd, 3.18), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3rd, 3.45), walks/hits per innings pitched (3rd, 1.14) and hits per nine innings (3rd, 7.52).

Nationals Game Notes: June 5 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-23) at Cincinnati Reds (21-35)
RHP Tanner Roark [4-4, 2.70] | RHP Jon Moscot [0-2, 4.02]
Sunday, June 5 l Game #57 / Road #31 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 1:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

FINALE FACTS
The Nationals and Reds will wrap up this three-game series Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, with the Nationals looking to avoid their second road sweep of 2016…The Reds won a rain-delayed contest, 6-3, on Saturday to hand the Nationals just their fourth series loss of the season.

  • At 33-23 (.589), the Nationals are tied for the fourth-best record in MLB, behind only the Chicago Cubs (39-15, .722), San Francisco Giants (35-23, .603) and Texas Rangers (33-22, .600).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-12 (.600) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Cubs (17-8, .680) and Giants (19-12, .613) for the best mark in the NL.
  • Cincinnati is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season…After Sunday’s finale, Washington will pack up and head to Chicago for an off day on Monday before opening a three-game set at the White Sox on Tuesday evening.

STREAKING STRAS
With a strikeout of Dan Straily in the fifth inning on Saturday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg became the first pitcher in Nationals history (2005-present) to tally 1,000 strikeouts with Washington…LHP Gio Gonzalez struck out his 1,000th batter in a Nationals uniform, but 511 of his first 1K were with the Oakland Athletics…Strasburg is the 40th active pitcher to notch 1,000 strikeouts in his career, the 488th in baseball history.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg reached the 1,000 strikeout mark in the fifth-fewest innings in Major League history:

PITCHER IP AT TIME OF 1K
1. Billy Wagner 757.2 IP
2. Octavio Dotel 820.1 IP
3. Francisco Rodriguez 827.1 IP
4. Kerry Wood 853.0 IP
5. Stephen Strasburg 855.0 IP
6. Chris Sale 872.0 IP
7. Tim Lincecum 896.1 IP

  • While taking a no-decision on Saturday, Strasburg kept intact his franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12-game winning streak, dating to Sept. 15, 2015…The record, which is among starting pitchers, surpassed the 11-game winning streaks of RHP Livan Hernandez (4/4-7/1/05) and RHP Dennis Martinez (5/9-7/29/89).
  • In addition, Strasburg’s 9-0 record to start a season topped the 1997 8-0 start of Hall of Fame RHP Pedro Martinez (4/15-5/23/97) for a new franchise record (Nationals/Expos).

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
Nationals C Wilson Ramos went 1-for-3 with a double and a run on Saturday, improving his batting average to .342 through the season’s first 56 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.386), slugging percentage (.546), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.
  • Through June 3, Ramos’ batting average is 30 points higher than the next closest catcher (min. 150 PA) in all of MLB: MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy (.312).

Nationals Game Notes: June 4 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-22) at Cincinnati Reds (20-35)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [9-0, 2.69] | RHP Dan Straily [3-2, 3.43]
Saturday, June 4 l Game #56 / Road #30 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 4:10 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The Nationals fell to the Reds, 7-2, in the series opener on Friday night…The loss was Washington’s seventh series-opening defeat, though the Nationals have ultimately dropped just three total series (of 17) this season.

  • At 33-22 (.600), the Nationals have the third-best record in MLB, behind only the Chicago Cubs (38-15, .715) and the San Francisco Giants (35-22, .614).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-11 (.621) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Cubs (17-8, .680) and Giants (19-11, .633) for the best mark in the NL.
  • Cincinnati is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
Summoned off the bench in the late innings on Friday, Nationals C Wilson Ramos went 1-for-1 with a double and improved his batting average to .342 through the season’s first 55 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.387), slugging percentage (.546), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.
  • Through June 3, Ramos’ batting average is nearly 40 points higher than the next closest catcher (min. 150 PA) in all of MLB: MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy (.304).

TREA DELIVERY
The Nationals recalled INF Trea Turner on Friday and placed 1B Ryan Zimmerman on the Paternity List…Turner, the No. 9 prospect in all of baseball entering this season (according to Baseball America), earned the second MLB call-up of his career by hitting .310 with a .376 on-base percentage in 50 games at Triple-A.

  • Turner returned to the Major Leagues without skipping a beat, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk on Friday night…The three hits were a career best in one game for Turner.
  • Zimmerman and his wife, Heather, welcomed their second child on Thursday.

MAKING THEM COUNT
Nationals OF Jayson Werth clubbed his ninth home run of the season on Friday night…It was the third home run in the last five games for Werth…Since May 29, Werth has gone 5-for-18, but four of his five hits have been for extra bases (3 HR, 1 2B) and he’s collected 7 RBI.

STREAKING STRAS
Earning the win in the Nationals’ 10-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg extended his winning streak to a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12 games, dating to Sept. 15, 2015…The record, which is among starting pitchers, surpassed the 11-game winning streaks of RHP Livan Hernandez (4/4-7/1/05) and RHP Dennis Martinez (5/9-7/29/89).

  • In addition, Strasburg’s 9-0 record to start a season topped the 1997 8-0 start of Hall of Fame RHP Pedro Martinez (4/15-5/23/97) for a new franchise record (Nationals/Expos).
  • WSH is 15-0 in Strasburg’s last 15 starts (dating to Sept. 15, 2015)…The 15 straight team wins is a franchise record (Nationals/Expos), and the longest active streak in MLB.

Nationals Game Notes: June 3 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-21) at Cincinnati Reds (19-35)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-3, 3.57] | LHP Brandon Finnegan [1-4, 4.14]
Friday, June 3 l Game #55 / Road # 29 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHERE THINGS STAND
Moving to a season-high 12 games over .500 with a sweep of the Phillies, the Nationals will open a three-game set at Great American Ball Park Friday evening, their first meeting with the Reds this season…This is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season.

  • At 33-21 (.611), the Nationals have the second-best record in MLB (Cubs, 37-15 (.712)).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-10 (.643) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Chicago Cubs (17-8, .680) for the best mark in the National League.

TREA DELIVERY
The Nationals recalled INF Trea Turner on Friday morning and placed 1B Ryan Zimmerman on the Paternity List…Turner, the No. 9 prospect in all of baseball entering this season (according to Baseball America), earned the second MLB call-up of his career by hitting .310 with a .376 on-base percentage in 50 games at Triple-A…Turner leads the International League in runs (38) and stolen bases (17) while ranking second in hits (61) and fifth in average (.310).

  • Zimmerman and his wife, Heather, welcomed their second child on Thursday.

A RECORD-SETTING MONTH, HONORED APPROPRIATELY
After setting a franchise record for hits in a calendar month and leading the Major Leagues in batting average, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy was named the National League Player of the Month for May on Thursday…Murphy ended the month of May leading Major League Baseball in batting average (.397), hits (77), and multi-hit games (26).

  • In May alone, Murphy hit .416 (47-for-113) with a .434 OBP and a .673 SLG in 29 games. He collected eight doubles, seven home runs, 32 singles, 23 RBI, two walks, 17 runs scored and 14 multi-hit games…Six of his 23 RBI were go-ahead tallies, and four were game-winners…He ended the month on a 10-game hitting streak, which he extended to 11 games by going 1-for-4 in his first June contest on Wednesday night at Philadelphia.
  • The 47 hits Murphy collected in May tied OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) and OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994) for the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for hits in a single month….Also a career high in a month for Murphy, his 47 hits were the most recorded by any NL player in any month since Melky Cabrera (51, 2012 San Francisco Giants).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Murphy, who signed a three-year contract with WSH in January, is the first qualified player to post an average as high as .397 through the first two months of his first season with a new team since Roberto Alomar (.397, 1996 Orioles).
  • Murphy currently leads Major League Baseball in multi-hit games (26), batting average (.397) and hits (77)…He also ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (2nd, 1.062), slugging percentage (2nd, .634), on-base percentage (3rd, .428) and doubles (T11th, 15).
  • The Player of the Month honors were the first of Murphy’s career…He is the second National to earn POTM this season (also OF Bryce Harper, April)…They’re the first set of teammates to take home NL POTM in back-to-back months of the same season since Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick (June & July, 2009/STL), and the first NL teammates since the awards were established (1974) to sweep the season’s first two months.

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
With a 3-for-4 performance that included a home run, four RBI and a run scored on Wednesday night, Nationals C Wilson Ramos improved his batting average to .338 through the season’s first 54 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.338), on-base percentage (.383), slugging percentage (.536), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .394.

Nationals Game Notes: May 25 vs. New York Mets

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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).

HOMER HAPPY
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.

Nationals Game Notes: May 18 vs. New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (23-16) at New York Mets (22-16)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [2-1, 1.93] | RHP Bartolo Colon [3-2, 3.53]
Wednesday, May 18 l Game #40 / Road #21 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHERE THINGS STAND
The Nationals and Mets will lock horns twice more here in New York before Washington travels to Miami for a weekend set…The Mets took the opening game, 2-0, on Tuesday night, just the third shutout of the season for the Nationals’ offense…The Nationals have played to an 11-9 record on the road in 2016…Since the start of the 2014 season, Washington is 14-7 at Citi Field.

ANOTHER RECORD FOR THE BOOKS
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer struck out 10 more batters on Tuesday night, bringing the total from his last two starts to an even 30…Scherzer matched CLE RHP Corey Kluber (5/13/15 vs. STL (18); 5/18/15 at CWS (12)) for the record for most Ks in a two-game span among active players…Three of the previous four 20-strikeout games in MLB history were followed by a double-digit strikeout effort by the pitcher his next time out; Scherzer joined that club as well.

  • On May 11 vs. the Detroit Tigers, Scherzer became just the fourth pitcher in Major League history to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game…Scherzer joined Randy Johnson (May 8, 2001), Kerry Wood (May 6, 1998) and Roger Clemens (Sept. 18, 1996 & April 29, 1986) in the elite group…Scherzer’s 20 K’s are a Nationals record (2005-pres.), 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 16 innings.
  • In Scherzer’s three historic performances with WSH (two no-hitters, 20-K game), he has combined for 47 strikeouts and no walks.

WARMING UP
Since returning from the bereavement list on May 3 at Kansas City, Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit .370 (17-for-45) with three doubles, two home runs, six RBI and five walks…Ramos has ground into just two double plays in that 13-game stretch

  • Ramos is also hitting .500 with runners in scoring position in that span, going 5-for-10 with one double, one home run, one walk and five RBI…He is slugging .900.

Spring Training Preview: Catchers

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SPRING TRAINING PREVIEW – CATCHERS

This spring, 63 players — each member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster, plus 23 additional non-roster invitees — will vie for the 25 spots on Dusty Baker’s Opening Day ball club. Over the course of this week, we are introducing these players in their position groups, continuing today with catchers.

SPRING TRAINING NATIONALS

March 5 – Starting Pitchers

March 6 – Relief Pitchers

March 7 – Catchers

March 8 – Infielders

March 9 – Outfielders

SPENCER KIEBOOM

2015 Season Totals: N/A

Kieboom earned a non-roster invite to 2015 Spring Training and was added to Washington’s 40-man roster following the 2016 season. He boasts above-average defensive skills, having thrown out 41 percent (77-of-189) of would-be base stealers during his Minor League career. This past season, Kieboom hit .248 with 16 doubles, two home runs, 26 RBI and 30 runs scored in 71 games for Single-A Potomac en route to being named a Carolina League All-Star.

JOSE LOBATON

2015 Season Totals: .199/.279/.294, 57 wRC+, 9.7% BB rate, 25.8% K rate, -0.3 fWAR

Lobaton, acquired along with left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero and Minor League outfielder Drew Vettleson prior to the 2014 season, enters his third year as the Nats’ primary backup catcher. Known for his glovework behind the plate, Lobaton ranked 16th out of 117 catchers in pitch framing according to Matthew Carruth’s StatCorner. The 31-year-old switch-hitter contributed to the Nats’ wildest win of the 2015 season, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a 13-12 win over Atlanta on April 28.

SPRING TRAINING NATIONALS

WILSON RAMOS

2015 Season Totals: .229/.258/.358, 63 wRC+, 4.2% BB rate, 20.0% K rate, 0.4 fWAR

Ramos, a 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalist, enters his sixth full season as the Nationals’ primary backstop after playing a career-high 128 games played a season ago. “The Buffalo” also notched career bests in hits (109), runs batted in (68) and sacrifice flies (8), while coming within one of his top individual mark with 15 home runs. Behind the plate, the strong-armed 28-year-old tallied 77 assists and threw out 24-of-54 would-be basestealers, a 44 percent clip — 16 percent above the league average.

PEDRO SEVERINO

2015 Season Totals: .250/.250/.500, 97 wRC+, 0.0% BB rate, 25.0% K rate, 0.0 fWAR

A young, athletic catcher, Severino made his MLB debut in 2015. He was tabbed the “Best Defensive Catcher” in Washington’s system per Baseball America. He opened the season with Double-A Harrisburg and eventually made his MLB debut September 20 vs. Miami after having his contract selected on September 1. Severino hit .246 with 13 doubles, five homers, 34 RBI and 33 runs scored in 91 games with the Senators while being named an Eastern League midseason and postseason All-Star.

 

NON-ROSTER INVITEES

BRIAN JEROLOMAN…10-year Minor League veteran spent 2015 in Double-A Harrisburg.

JHONATAN SOLANO…Former Nationals backstop hit .314 for the 2012 NL East Division champs.

 

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