WEEKLY UPDATE: NATS Clinch – POSTSEASON is Coming!

WEEKLY ROUNDUP:  SEPT 4 thru 10 (Games #137 thru #143) 

NATS CLINCH NL EAST!!!

PLAYOFFS ARE COMING….so much still to be decided!

THIS WEEK:  6 Wins — 1 Loss

MARLINS/away:  3 wins

PHILLIES/home:   3 wins/1 loss

Mon, Sept 4:  W (WSH-7, MIA-2) – WP Cole

Tue, Sept 5:   W (WSH-2, MIA-1) – WP Strasburg

Wed, Sept 6:  W (WSH-8, MIA-1) – WP Gonzalez

Thu, Sept 7:   W (WSH-4, PHI-3) – WP Roark

Fri, Sept 8:     W (WSH-11, PHI-10) – WP Scherzer

Sat, Sept 9:    L (PHI-5, WSH-4) – LP Jackson

Sun, Sept 10:   W (WSH-3, PHI-2) – WP Strasburg

NATS 88-54 (.615) – 1st place up 19.5 games over MARLINS

     ***Last year NATS standing after Game #143:  85-58 (1st place, up 9.0 games)*** 

Last 10:  7-3 

Total runs scored :   748

Total runs allowed:  591

Shutouts (same as last week): 

       NATS getting shut out:  5  

       NATS shutouts of opponents:  5 

Walkoff wins:  8

Walkoff losses:  5

     (same as last week)

Largest attendance this week (home)35,694 – Sat, Sept 9 (Phillies)

Largest attendance this week (away):  17,349 – Monday, Sept 4 (@ Marlins)

Days in 1st Place158 (since Apr 16)

Lead:  20.0 games ahead of MIAMI

NATS #2 in MLB#1-LAD (.643), #2-NATS (.615) , #3-CLE (.608), #4-HOU (.601)

NL RANKINGS as of Sept 11:

     #1 DODGERS (.643) 92-51

     #2 NATS (.615) 88-55

     #3 CUBS (.538) 77-66

 Wild Cards:  DBACKS & ROCKIES (CARDS/BREWERS 3.0 games behind COL)

****DODGERS have lost last 10 GAMES!       

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

ONE-RUN GAMES:  W/L % .600 (27-18)

INTERLEAGUE PLAY:  10-10 (W/L % .500)

Current Injury List – 9:  Stephen Drew, Adam Eaton, Koda Glover, Joe Ross, Ryan Raburn, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Erick Fedde

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, 2Bs

            —INDIANS are #1 in MLB for K’s (1410)

            —NATS are #1 in NL for RBI, RUNS, SLG, OPS, 2Bs

NATS TOPICS THIS WEEK:

            –Stephen STRASBURG has 34 consecutive SCORELESS INNINGS after 8 shutout innings on Sunday (Sept 10), the longest in MLB this season and the longest streak in franchise history. 

            –Michael TAYLOR inside the park GRAND SLAM! 

            –NATS winning and DODGERS losing, closing in on #1 spot?

            –BAKER:  Getting WERTH healthy is a priority

            –NATS top prospect Victor ROBLES made his MLB debut, pinch hitting on Sept 7.  On Sunday, ROBLES started in CF, went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and is batting .250.

            –SCHERZER, Chris SALE and Corey KLUBER are striking batters out at a historice pace – more than one of of every 3 batters they face.  Only 2 pitchers have struck out as many as 35 percent of the batters faced:  Pedro MARTINEZ in 1999 (37.5 %) and Randy Johnson in 2001 (36.7 %).

            –Bryce HARPER unveiled a new hair style last week (corn rows).

            –NATS POSTSEASON:  as #1 or #2 (whither DODGERS…) against CUBS  or DBACKS or ROCKIES (or CARDS or BREWERS)……           

OTHER MLB NEWS:

            -Giancarlo STANTON (MARLINS):  54 HRs.

            -ROOKIE HR’s:  NYY Aaron Judge at 41 (#2 in MLB after Stanton).

            -CLEVELAND has won last 18 games, and the DBACKS have gon 14-2 since Aug 24.  The 2002 Athletics has a 20 game winning streak.  The 1916 Giants had sort of a 26 game winning streak but had a tie game in the middle, and the 1935 Cubs won 21 in a row.  The NATS best franchise streak was 10 games (5 times). 

STAT TOPIC OF THE WEEK:  RUNS SCORED – DOES AL DOMINATE?

Since 1973 when the AL adopted the DESIGNATED HITTER, the AL dominated in RUNS SCORED from 1973 until 1998, with the NL having more RUNS SCORED than the AL in only one year:  1974 (NL had 8,070 to the AL’s 7,976). 

Every year from 1998 thru 2012, the NL scored more runs (baseballalmanac.com)

Then from 2013 thru 2016, the AL scored more runs, and are ahead in 2017 (baseball reference.com).

*** In 1931, the YANKEES set a MLB record for RUNS SCORED in a season with 1,067. 

From 1975 thru 2016, the AL had more RUNS SCORED PER GAME (RS/G) than the NL every year.  The highest in that time period was 5.39 for the AL, and 5.00 by the NL in both 1999 and 2000.

You can draw your own conclusions (or check the experts!) – a lot of factors are involved, including interleague play etc.  Here are some stats from the last few years:

2010 RUNS SCORED:  NL 11,212 — AL 10,097  (NYY most runs 859 – AL top 3 spots)

        2010 AVERAGE RS/G:  NL 4.33   —    AL 4.45

2011 RUNS SCORED:  NL  10,691 – AL 10,117  (BOS most runs 875 – AL top 4 spots)

        2011 AVERAGE RS/G:  NL 4.13 —   AL 4.46

2012 RUNS SCORED:  NL 10,929  — AL 10,088   (TEX most runs 808 – AL top 2)  NATS 10th with 731.

        2012 AVERAGE RS/G:  NL  4.22 – AL 4.45 

2013 RUNS SCORED:  NL 9730  —  AL 10,525   (BOS most runs 853 – AL top 2)  NATS at average with 656.

        2013 AVERAGE RS/G:  NL 4.00 —  AL 4.33

2014 RUNS SCORED:  NL 9600 – AL 10,161   (LAA most runs 773 –= AL top 2) NATS 9th with 686

        2014 AVERAGE RS/G:  NL 3.95 — AL R/G 4.18

2015 RUNS SCORED:  NL 9996  — AL 10,651   (TOR most runs 891 891 – AL top 4) NATS 10th with 703.

        2015 AVERAGE RS/G:  NL 4.11 – AL 4.39

2016 RUNS SCORED:  NL 10,774  – AL 10,970  (BOS most runs 878 – AL top 1) NATS 8th with 763.

        2016 AVERAGE RS/G:  NL 4.44 —  AL 4.52

 2017 (TO DATE) RUNS SCORED:    NL 9828 —  AL 10069  (HOU most runs so far 786 – AL top 1 spot) NATS #2 with 745.

       2017 AVERAGE RS/G:  HOU #1 5.54 and NATS 5.25, NL average 4.61 R/G – AL 4.74            

NATS Starting LINEUP Sunday (Sep 10): 

     Turner SS

     Sanchez 3B

     Difo 2B

     Lind 1B

     Robles CF

     Stevenson LF

     Severino C

     Bautista RF

     Strasburg P           

 NAT TEAM LEADERS AS OF SEPT 11: 

            BATTING:

   BA      Harper (.326)

   OBP   Harper (.419)

   H         Murphy (156)

   HR      Zimmerman (31)    

   RBI     Zimmerman (95)

   OPS    Harper (1.034)

   SO      Taylor & Zimmerman(110)

   AB      Murphy (486)

            PITCHING:

   ERA   Scherzer (2.32)

   W        Gonzalez  & Scherzer (14)

   SO      Scherzer (239)

   S         Doolittle (17)

   WHIP  Scherzer (0.87)

   IP        Gonzalez (179.2)

   HR      Roark & Scherzer (22)

   CG      Scherzer (2)

Next:  NATS vs BRAVES on Tuesday, Sept 12 (7:05 p.m.)

GO NATS!

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