WEEKLY ROUNDUP:  Aug 21 thru Aug 27 (Games #123 thru #129)

4 Wins — 3 Losses

ASTROS/away: 2 wins/1 loss
METS/home: 2 wins/2 losses

Mon, Aug 21: Off Day
Tue, Aug 22: W (WSH-4, HOU-3) – WP Roark
Wed, Aug 23: L (HOU-6, WSH-1) – LP Jackson
Thu, Aug 24: W (WSH-5, HOU-4) – WP Albers
Fri, Aug 25: L (NYM-4, WSH-2) – LP Cole
Sat: Aug 26: L (WSH-9, NYM-4) – LP Gonzalez
Sun, Aug 27 – Game 1: L (NYM-6, WSH-4) – LP Blanton
Sun, Aug 27 – Game 2: W (WSH-5, NYM-4) – WP Roark

NATS 78-51 (.605)
***Last year NATS standing after Game #129: 75-54 (1st place, up 8.0 games)***

Last 10: 6-4

Total runs scored : 678
Total runs allowed: 546

Shutouts:
     NATS getting shut out: 4
     NATS shutouts of opponents: 4

Walkoff wins: 8
Walkoff losses: 5

Largest attendance this week (home): 36,761 – Sat, Aug 26 (vs. Mets)

Days in 1st Place:  144 (since Apr 16)

Lead:  12.0 games ahead of MIAMI

NATS #3 in MLB:  #1-LAD (.705), #2-HOU (.608)

NL RANKINGS as of Aug 27:

     #1 DODGERS (.705)
     #2 NATS (.605)
     #3 CUBS (.535)

     Wild Cards: ROCKIES (.546) & DBACKS (.557) (BREWERS 3.5 behind)

Longest game (innings): 12 (Tues, May 9)

ONE-RUN GAMES: W/L % .579

INTERLEAGUE PLAY: 10-10 (W/L % .500)

Current Injury List – 13:  Stephen Drew, Adam Eaton, Koda Glover, Jayson Werth, Trea Turner, Joe Ross, Ryan Raburn, Enny Romero, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Ryan Madson….and (new on the DL) Adrian Sanchez. (Ryan Zimmerman on DL briefly, back in lineup on Sunday).

DID YOU KNOW – NL Stats Leaders:

Batting Average: NATS occupy 2 of the top 4 positions:

.337 Charlie Blackmon (COL)
.329 Justin Turner (LAD)
.326 Bryce Harper
.318 Daniel Murphy
.316 Paul Goldschmidt
.314 DJ LeMahieu (COL)
.311 Corey Seager (LAD)
.311 Buster Posey (SFG)
.311 Joey Votto (CIN)

     Anthony Rendon – now #14 (.301)
     Ryan Zimmerman – now #12 (.299)

Runs Batted in (RBI): NATS occupy 2 of the top 10 positions:

108 Nolan Arenado (COL)
108 Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)
104 Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
102 Marcel Ozuna (MIA)
95 Jake Lamb (ARI)
92 Anthony Rizzo (CHC)
89 Joey Votto (CIN)
87 Bryce Harper
87 Mark Reynolds (COL)
86 Adam Duvall (CIN)
86 Ryan Zimmerman
     Daniel Murphy – now #14 (81)
     Anthony Rendon – now #15 (80)

On-Base Plus Slugging Percentage (OPS): NATS occupy 2 of the top 10 positions:

1.059 Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)
1.035 Joey Votto (CIN)
1.034 Bryce Harper
1.021 Charlie Blackmon (COL)
1.020 Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
.968 Cody Bellinger (LAD)
.952 Justin Turner (LAD)
.951 Nolan Arenado (COL)
.945 Anthony Rendon
.939 Michael Conforto (NYM)
.936 Kris Bryant (CHC)
     Daniel Murphy – now #13 (.920)
     Ryan Zimmerman – #15 (.916)

DID YOU KNOW:

MAX SCHERZER still #1 MLB for WHIP (0.85) and BAA (.171)

MAX still #2 MLB (and NL) for ERA (2.25) after KERSHAW (2.04)

MAX is #1 in NL for STRIKEOUTS (220) – #3 in MLB (Sale, Archer)

GIO GONZALEZ is #3 MLB for ERA (2.40)

PLAYERS WEEKEND NATS NAMES:

(T-shirts and Jerseys available at MLB.com)

     Position Players:

Bryce Harper: “Big Kid”
Daniel Murphy: “Murph”
Jayson Werth: “Dub”
Anthony Rendon: “Ant”
Ryan Zimmerman: “Zim”
Matt Wieters: “Wiety”
Trea Turner: “Triple T”
Adam Eaton: “Mouse”
Michael Taylor: “Mikey T”
Brian Goodwin: “B. Good”
Wilmer Difo: “El Lindo” (“The Beautiful”)
Adam Lind: “Donnie” (from “The Big Lebowski”)
Jose Lobaton: “Lobi”
Howie Kendrick: “Kendrick”
Ryan Raburn: “Bobby”
Stephen Drew: “Dirt”
Adrian Sanchez: “El Chamo” (“The Kid”)
Andrew Stevenson: “Stevo”

     Pitchers:

Max Scherzer: “Blue Eye”
Gio Gonzalez: “Double G”
Stephen Strasburg: “Stras”
Tanner Roark: “T-Ro”
Sean Dootlittle: “Doooooooo”
Koda Glover: “Bear”
Oliver Perez: “Ollie”
Matt Albers: “Albie”
Matt Grace: “Gracey”
Joe Ross: “Jr”
Joe Blanton: “Joe B”
Shawn Kelley: “Bak-Pak” (initials of his kids)
Enny Romero: “Hernandez”
Edwin Jackson: E. Jax”
Ryan Madson: “Blest”
Sammy Solis: “Show-Show”
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TOPICS THIS WEEK:

     –SANCHEZ: Adrian Sanchez hit-by-pitch on Saturday (96-mph sinker off Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia), released from hospital, return still TBD; NATS bring up Rafael BAUTISTA from Triple-A Syracuse

     –SCHERZER: May come off DL and start Monday, vs. Marlins

     –ZIMMERMAN: briefly on DL (injured arm in headfirst slide in Houston), back in lineup on Sunday

     –MADSON: Relief pitcher Ryan Madson expected back for postseason

     –RING OF HONOR: NATS Park adding two new players to the Ring of Honor on Monday: Ivan RODRIGUEZ and Tim RAINES, both inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

OTHER MLB:

     -Giancarlo STANTON (MARLINS): 50 HRs

     -INDIANS: 3-game sweep of KC

     -Clayton KERSHAW (DODGERS): returning Friday from DL

     -AL WILD CARD: still close! SEA & LAA each 1.5 back from NYY & MIN

NATS Starting LINEUP Sunday (Game 1):

     Kendrick 2B
     Difo SS
     Zimmerman 1B
     Wieters C
     Taylor CF
     De Aza LF
     Bautista RF
     Fedde P

NATS Starting LINEUP Sunday (Game 2):

     De Aza LF
     Difo SS
     Murphy 2B
     Rendon 3B
     Lind 1B
     Taylor CF
     Stevenson RF
     Lobaton C
     Roark P

NATS TEAM LEADERS (as of Aug 28):

     BATTING:

BA Harper (.326)
OBP Harper (.419)
H Murphy (142)
HR Harper and Zimmerman (29)
RBI Harper (87)
OPS Harper (1.034)
SO Taylor (98)
AB Murphy (446)

     PITCHING:

ERA Scherzer (2.25)
W Gonzalez (13)
SO Scherzer (220)
S Doolittle (13)
WHIP Scherzer (0.85)
IP Gonzalez (168.2)
HR Roark & Scherzer (19)
CG Scherzer (2)

Next: MIA @ NATS – Monday, Aug 28 (7:05 p.m.)

MARLINS: NATS have won 7 of 13 against the Marlins (.538 W-L%) so far in 2017; they will play 6 more games this season (Aug 28-30 at home and Sep 4-6 in Miami).

MARLINS are 66-53, won their last 4 games, 8-2 for last 10 games.

GO NATS!

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