NATS WEEKLY ROUNDUP – Sept 18 thru 24: NATS have NLDS home advantage & BRYCE HARPER returns

WEEKLY ROUNDUP:  SEPT 18 thru 24 (Games #150 thru #155)

NLDS is Coming – NATS Have Home Field Advantage!

BRYCE HARPER May Return Monday, Sept 25th

THIS WEEK:  2 Wins — 4 Losses

NATS @ BRAVES:  2 wins/1 loss

NATS @ METS:   2 wins/1 loss

Scores:

Mon, Sept 18:  Day off

Tue, Sept 19:   W (WSH-4, ATL-2) – WP Scherzer

Wed, Sept 20:  W (WSH-7, ATL-3) – WP Gonzalez

Thu, Sept 21:   L (ATL-2, WSH-3) – LP Roark

Fri, Sept 22:     L (NYM-7, WSH-6) – LP Blanton

Sat, Sept 23:    W (WSH-4, NYM-3) – WP Solis

Sun, Sept 24:   W (WSH-3, NYM-2) – WP Scherzer

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NATS 94-61 (.606) – 1st Place up 20.5 games over MARLINS

     ***Last year NATS standing after Game #155:  91-64 (1st place, up 8.5 games)***

Last 10:  6-4

RUN DIFFERENTIAL:  +150

     –Total runs scored :   790

     –Total runs allowed:  640           

Shutouts: 

        NATS getting shut out:  7

        NATS shutouts of opponents:  5

Walkoff wins:  8

Walkoff losses:  5

     (no change)

NATS #4 in MLB:  #1-LAD (.635), #2-CLE (.628), #3-HOU (.617), #4-NATS (.606)

NL RANKINGS as of Sept 24:

#1 DODGERS (.635) 99-57 

     #2 NATS (.606) 90-59

     #3 CUBS (.561) 87-68

 NL Wild Cards:  DBACKS & ROCKIES (Brewers & Cardinals still close behind) 

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

ONE-RUN GAMES:  W/L% .571 (28-121)

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, Erick Fedde, Shawn Kelley

DID YOU KNOW:             

            DODGERS are #1 in MLB for:  WHIP, BAA

            —ASTROS are #1 in MLB for:  AVG, RBI, RUNS, OBP, SLG, OPS, HITS, 2Bs 

            –INDIANS are #1 in MLB for ERA, K’s, CG 

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

            –ROCKIES are #1 in NL for AVG, HITS 

NATS TOPICS THIS WEEK:

            –Bryce HARPER will be re-activated Monday in Philadelphia, according to a Washington Post report (not yet confirmed by the NATS).

            –Max SCHERZER reached 250 strikeouts on Wednesday, his fourth straight year with 250-plus K’s.

            –Ryan ZIMMERMAN set a new career high (13 years) with his 34th HR this week on Thursday.

            –Dusty BAKER had some lineup challenges on Thursday, with a game delay of 8 minutes as Baker talked to his coaches and home plate umpires. 

            –The NATS set a new franchise record for HRs in a single season, reaching 206 HRs on Saturday night with 3 HRs on the way to a victory over the METS. 

            –Brian GOODWIN hoping to return for the postseason from the disabled list (groin strain) to maybe provide back-up in CF.  GOODWIN’s rookie season:  .811 OPS with 13 HRs and 6 SBs in 74 games, filling in at LF and CF. 

OTHER MLB NEWS:

            –DIAMONDBACKS clinched their first postseason berth since 2011. 

            –BREWER CF Brett PHILLIPS threw out the potential tying run at home plate with a 104.7 mph throw to the plate – the hardest thrown ball this season, according to Statcast (putting him at the the top 3 hardest OF throws of the season). 

            –New MLB single season HR record set:  On Tuesday, TIGERS OF Alex PRESLEY hit HR #5,693 and tied the MLB all-time HR record, and then ROYALS LF Alex GORDON hit #5,694 with 12 days remaining in the 2017 season. 

            –ROCKIES Charlie BLACKMON became the first to reach 200 HITS this week.

            –YANKEE Aaron JUDGE hit HRs 48 and 49 on Sunday (Sept 24) putting him one HR shy of Mark McGwire’s 1987 record for the most HRs by an MLB rookie.

            –CUBS magic number is 2 after defeating the Brewers and the Cardinals loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.   

            –RED SOX magic number is 3 after a win over the Reds on Sunday.

NATS Starting LINEUP Sunday (Sep 24 @ METS): 

Turner SS

De Aza LF

Murphy 2B

Rendon 3B

Kendrick 1B

Robles RF

Taylor CF

Lobaton C

Scherzer P           

NATS TEAM LEADERS (as of SEPT 18):

            BATTING: 

BA      Murphy (.315)

OBP   Rendon (.401)

H         Murphy (163)

HR      Zimmerman (34)    

RBI     Zimmerman (103)

OPS    Rendon (.932)

SO      Taylor (128)

AB      Murphy (517)

            PITCHING:

ERA   Scherzer (2.55)

W        Scherzer (16)

SO      Scherzer (263)

S         Doolittle (20)

WHIP  Scherzer (0.91)

IP        Gonzalez (197.1)

HR      Roark (23)

CG      Scherzer (2)

 

Next:  NATS @ PHILLIES 7:05 p.m. Monday, Sept 25 (A.J. COLE SP)

GO NATS!

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

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