NATS Weekly Roundup Aug 28-Sep 3 (tough series against the Brewers!)

WEEKLY ROUNDUP:  Aug 28 thru Sept 3 (Games #130 thru #136)

4 Wins — 3 Losses

MARLINS/home:  3 wins

BREWERS/away:   1 wins/3 losses

Mon, Aug 28:  W (WSH-11, MIA-2) – WP Scherzer

Tue, Aug 29:   W (WSH-8, MIA-3) – WP Jackson

Wed, Aug 30:  L (WSH-4, MIA-0) – WP Strasburg

Thu, Aug 31:   L (MIL-6, WSH-3) – LP Gonzalez

Fri, Sep 1:     L (MIL-1, WSH-0) – LP Cole  

Sat: Sep 2:    W (WSH-3, MIL-2) – WP Madson

Sun, Sep 3:   L (MIL-7, WSH-2) – LP Jackson

NATS 82-54 (.603) – 1st Place up 15.0 games over MARLINS

     ***Last year NATS standing after Game #129:  79-57 (1st place, up 8.5 games)***

Last 10 games:  6-4

Total runs scored :   709

Total runs allowed:  567

Shutouts: 

     NATS getting shut out:  5  (1 this week)

     NATS shutouts of opponents:  5 (1 this week) 

Walkoff wins:  8

Walkoff losses:  5

Largest attendance this week (home):  25,924 – Tues, Aug 29 (Marlins)

Largest attendance this week (away):  40.044 – Fri, Sep 1 (@ Brewers)

Days in 1st Place:  151 (since Apr 16)

Lead:  15.0 games ahead of MIAMI

NATS #3 in MLB:  #1-LAD (.676), #2-HOU (.610)

NL RANKINGS as of Aug 27:

  #1 DODGERS (.676)

     #2 NATS (.603)

     #3 CUBS (.551)

 Wild Cards:  DBACKS (.577) & ROCKIES (.529) & (BREWERS 0.5 behind)

            ***DBACKS won their last 10 games 

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

ONE-RUN GAMES:  W/L % .575 (23-17)

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

Current Injury List – 10:  Stephen Drew, Adam Eaton, Koda Glover, Joe Ross, Ryan Raburn, Enny Romero, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Ryan Madson, Matt Wieters.

MLB TEAM Stats Leaders: 

Batting Average:  NATS #3 

.286    Astros

.272    Rockies

.269    NATS

.268    Orioles

.264    Marlins

.264    Braves

.262    Indians

.261    Cardinals

.260    Yankees

.259    Tigers 

Runs Batted in (RBI):  NATS #2

             722     Astros

688     NATS

673     Yankees

663     Rockies

656     Cubs

654     Rangers

648     Indians

644     Twins

643     DBacks

642     Orioles

On-Base Plus Slugging Percentage (OPS):  NATS #2

.834    Astros

.789    NATS

.783    Dodgers

.783    Indians

.780    Cubs

.775    Yankees

.775    Rockies

.771    Orioles

.770    Reds

.770    DBacks

.769    Cardinals

Earned Run Average (ERA):  NATS #6

3.25    Dodgers

3.51    Indians

3.61    DBacks

3.74    Red Sox

3.77    Yankees

3.86    NATS

3.98    Cardinals

4.02    Cubs

4.03    Rays

4.04    Brewers

Walk and Hits Per Innings Pitched (WHIP):  NATS tied #4

1.13    Dodgers

1.19    Indians

1.23    Yankees

1.25    NATS

1.25    Red Sox

1.27    Rays

1.27    DBacks

1.28    Cubs

1.28    Astros

1.29    Angels

Batting Average Against (BAA):  NATS #5

.224    Dodgers

.231    Yankees

.238    Cubs

.238    Indians

.240    NATS

.241    DBacks

.241    Astros

.242    Rays

.248    Red Sox

.250    Angels

DID YOU KNOW:           

            DODGERS are #1 in MLB for:  ERA, WHIP, BAA 

            —ASTROS are #1 in MLB for:  AVG, RBI, RUNS, OBP, SLG, OPS, HITS    

            —INDIANS won their last 11 games

            —DBACKS won their last 10 games 

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TOPICS THIS WEEK:

     –A.J. COLE:  to get start as NATS go to 6-man rotation 

     –NATS-MARLINS:  looking for more after disappointing BREWERS series

     –Ryan ZIMMERMAN: still batting .300; HR provided only 2 runs on Sunday

     –Trea TURNER:  stealing bases and showing a lot of speed

OTHER MLB NEWS: 

            -Giancarlo STANTON (MARLINS):  52 HRs

            -Ian DESMOND:  Former NATS SS will play SS again on Monday for the first time since he was with the NATS; he was on OF for the Rangers and more recently for the Rockies. 

            -METS David WRIGHT:  getting rotator cuff surgery, ending his season

            -ASTROS sweep METS:  ending emotional weekend

            -Justin VERLANDER leaves Tigers for the ASTROS 

            –Red Sox Chris SALE:  reaches 1,500 strikeouts in 1,290 innings, making him the “fastest” pitcher to reach that landmark (fewest innings)

NATS Starting LINEUP Sunday (Sep 3): 

Turner SS

Difo RF

Murphy 2B

Aimerman 1B

Rendon 3B

Kendrick LF

Taylor CF

Lobaton C

Jackson P              

NATS TEAM LEADERS (as of Aug 28): 

            BATTING:

BA      Harper (.326)

OBP   Harper (.419)

H         Murphy (147)

HR      Zimmerman (30)    

RBI     Zimmerman (91)

OPS    Harper (1.034)

SO      Taylor (105)

AB      Murphy (466)

            PITCHING: 

ERA   Scherzer (2.19)

W        Gonzalez  & Scherzer (13)

SO      Scherzer (232)

S         Doolittle (14)

WHIP  Scherzer (0.85)

IP        Gonzalez (174.2)

HR      Roark & Scherzer (20)

CG      Scherzer (2) 

Next:  NATS @ MIAMI on Monday, Sept 4 (7:10 p.m.)

GO NATS!

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