NATS Weekly Roundup Sept 11-17: ROBLES speedy triple, ZIMMERMAN HR’s

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: SEPT 11 thru 17 (Games #144 thru #149)

NLDS is Coming (vs. Cubs?)

THIS WEEK 2 Wins — 4 Losses:

  -BRAVES/home: 1 win/2 losses

     -DODGERS/home: 1 win/2 losses

Week in Review:

Mon, Sept 11: Day off

Tue, Sept 12: L (ATL-8, WSH-0) – LP Gonzalez

Wed, Sept 13: L (ATL-8, WSH-2) – LP Scherzer

Thu, Sept 14: W (WSH-5, ATL-2) – WP Roark

Fri, Sept 15: L (LAD-7, WSH-0) – LP Jackson

Sat, Sept 16: L (LAD-3, WSH-2) – LP Cole

Sun, Sept 17: W (WSH-7, LAD-1) — WP Strasburg

 

NATS 90-59 (.604) – 1st Place up 21.0 games over MARLINS

***Last year NATS standing after Game #149: 88-61 (1st place, up 8.0 games)***

Last 10: 5-5

RUN DIFFERENTIAL: +144

     –Total runs scored : 764

     –Total runs allowed: 620

Shutouts:

     –NATS getting shut out: 7 (2 this week)

     –NATS shutouts of opponents: 5

Walkoff wins: 8

Walkoff losses: 5

     (same as last week)

Largest attendance this week (home): 39,387 – Saturday, Sept 16 (Dodgers)

Days in 1st Place: 165 (since Apr 16)

Lead: 21.0 games ahead of MIAMI

NATS #4 in MLB: #1-LAD (.644), #2-CLE (.620), #3-HOU (.611), #4-NATS (.604)

NL RANKINGS as of Sept 18:

    #1 DODGERS (.644) 96-53

    #2 NATS (.604) 90-59

    #3 CUBS (.557) 83-66

NL Wild Cards:  DBACKS & ROCKIES (BREWERS 2.5 games behind COL)

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

ONE-RUN GAMES: W/L% .587 (27-19)

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

Current Injury List – 8: Stephen Drew, Adam Eaton, Koda Glover, Joe Ross, Ryan Raburn, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, Erick Fedde

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 (1410)

–NATS are #1 in NL for SLG, OPS, 2Bs

–ROCKIES are #1 in NL for AVG, RUNS, HITS

TOPICS THIS WEEK:

–Stephen STRASBURG consecutive SCORELESS INNINGS ended at 35 on Sunday (the longest in MLB this season and the longest streak in franchise history).

–Ryan ZIMMERMAN back above .300 (.301), 2 HRs Sunday

–Victor ROBLES is speedy: STATCAST clocked his triple run time as 11.12 seconds, beating out a Trea TURNER triple last year (11.14 seconds).

–Bryce HARPER took batting practice before the game on Sunday, Sept 17; no date announced yet for his return.

OTHER MLB NEWS:

–ASTROS claim first AL West title with new acquisition Justin VERLANDER striking out 10 in seven dominant innings. INDIANS clinch division.

–TIGERS starter Matthew BOYD almost got first no-hitter for TIGERS since VERLANDER 6 years ago (1 out shy, ended up with 12-0 shutout).

–CUBS win last 6, swept CARDINALS at Wrigley.

–TWINS hit seven home runs against the PADRES Tuesday, becoming the FIRST TEAM in MLB history to hit a home run in each of the FIRST SEVEN INNINGS. The REDS were last to homer in seven consecutive innings (not the first seven) on Sept 4, 1999.

–NYY catcher Gary SANCHEZ hit HR #31 this week, passing Yogi Berra and Jorge Posada for most by a Yankee catcher.

NATS Starting LINEUP Sunday (Sep 17):

Turner SS

Werth RF

Rendon 3B

Murphy 2B

Zimmerman 1B

Kendrick LF

Taylor CF

Wieters C

Strasburg P

NATS TEAM LEADERS (as of SEPT 18):

    BATTING:

BA Harper (.326)

OBP Harper (.419)

H Murphy (159)

HR Zimmerman (33)

RBI Zimmerman (99)

OPS Harper (1.034)

SO Taylor (121)

AB Murphy (500)

    PITCHING:

ERA Scherzer (2.59)

W Gonzalez & Scherzer & Strasburg (14)

SO Scherzer (246)

S Doolittle (18)

WHIP Scherzer (0.92)

IP Gonzalez (184.2)

HR Roark (23)

CG Scherzer (2)

Next: NATS @ BRAVES on Tuesday, Sept 19 (7:35 p.m.) – SCHERZER

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Washington Nationals A to Z: Your Guide to the POSTSEASON

POSTSEASON IS COMING!  GET READY WITH NATS A TO Z!

NATS Facts & History – including: 

**Postseason History:  Look back on NATS previous postseason games (stats, scores, teams).

**Ryan Zimmerman:  has a NATS record for most games played in a season (162 – perfect record!) in 2007.

**Chad Cordero:  was the 1st ever NATS MLB STATS leader – #1 in saves (47) IN 2005. 

**Cristian Guzman:  got the 1st hit (and scored the first run) at NATS Park in 2008.

**Rick Ankiel:  the former NATS OF is the only player besides BABE RUTH to start at least 10 games as a pitcher and hit at least 50 HRs. 

**Jordan Zimmermann:  pitched the 1st ever NATS “immaculate inning” (9 pitches, 9 K’s, 9 outs) on May 6, 2011.

**“Natinals” Jersey:  Adam Dunn’s infamous misspelled “NATINALS” jersey raised $8,000 in a 2009 NATS Dream Foundation Auction.

**PLUS:  Stats, Fun Facts, History, Managers, Coaches, Firsts, Leaders, lots of pictures, and a Stats Cheat Sheet at the back of the book!

All these facts and more can be found in “Washington Nationals A to Z” by Ann Lambert Good.  Available at the NATS Team Shop and on-line at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Mascot Books. 

 

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.)

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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.)

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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!

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Aug 14 thru Aug 20

WEEKLY ROUNDUP:  Aug 14 thru Aug 20 (Games #117 thru #122) 

4 Wins — 2 Losses

ANGELS/home:  1 win/1 loss

PADRES/away:  3 wins/1 loss

Mon, Aug 14:  Off Day

Tue, Aug 15:   W (WSH-3, LAA-1) – WP Gonzalez

Wed, Aug 16:  L (LAA-3, WSH-2) – LP Roark

Thu, Aug 17:   W (WSH-2, SDP-1) – WP Jackson

Fri, Aug 18:    W (WSH-7, SDP-1) – WP Blanton

Sat: Aug 19:    L (WSH-3, SDP-1) – LP Strasburg

Sun, Aug 20:   W (WSH-4, SDP-1) – WP Gonzalez

NATS 74-48 (.607)

     ***Last year NATS standing after Game #122:  73-49 (1st place, up 8.5 games)*** 

Total runs scored:   647 (#2 in NL after ROCKIES with 648…ASTROS 699)

Total runs allowed:  515

Shutouts:  NATS getting shut out:  4

                   NATS shutouts of opponents:  4  

Walkoff wins:  8

Walkoff losses:  5

Largest attendance this week (home):  32,355 – Tues, Aug 15 (vs. Angels)

Days in 1st Place:  137 (since Apr 16)

Lead:  14.0 games ahead of MIAMI

NATS #3 in MLB:  #1-LAD (.713), #2-HOU (.613)

NL RANKINGS as of Aug 20:

#1 DODGERS (.713)

#2 NATS (.608)

#3 CUBS (.537)

Wild Cards:  ROCKIES (.548) & DBACKS (.540) (BREWERS 2.5 behind)

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

ONE-RUN GAMES:  W/L % .559

INTERLEAGUE PLAY:  W/L % .471

Current Injury List – 12:  Stephen Drew, Adam Eaton, Koda Glover, Jayson Werth, Trea Turner, Joe Ross, Ryan Raburn, Enny Romero, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Ryan Madson (Changes:  Shawn Kelley & Stephen Strasburg now off the list; new additions:  Scherzer and Madson)

DID YOU KNOW – NL Stats Leaders:

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

.340 Justin Turner (LAD)

.336 Charlie Blackmon (COL)

     .326 Bryce Harper

      .325 Daniel Murphy                        

          -Ryan Zimmerman – now #12 (.307)

          -Anthony Rendon – now #16 (.298)

Runs Batted in:  NATS occupy 2 of the top 8 positions:

105 Nolan Arenado (COL)

97 Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)

96 Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)

95 Jake Lamb (ARI)

93 Marcel Ozuna (MIA)

     87 Bryce Harper  

87 Joey Votto (CIN)

     86 Ryan Zimmerman

              –Daniel Murphy – now #12 (81)

               -Anthony Rendon – now #16 (77)

On-Base Plus Slugging Percentage:  NATS occupy 4 of the top 10 positions: 

     1.042 Joey Votto (CIN)

     1.034 Bryce Harper

1.027 Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)

1.021 Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)

1.019 Charlie Blackmon (COL)

       .984 Justin Turner (LAD)

.968 Cody Bellinger (LAD)

.958 Nolan Arenado (COL)

       .946 Anthony Rendon

       .942 Daniel Murphy         

       .942 Ryan Zimmerman 

DID YOU KNOW:

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

     *MAX is #2 MLB for ERA (2.25) after KERSHAW (2.04).

     *MAX is #2 MLB for STRIKEOUTS (220) after SALE (250).

      *GIO GONZALEZ is #3 MLB for ERA (2.39)

TOPICS THIS WEEK:

            –HARPER:  on the DL (hyper-extended knee/bone bruise) 

            –SCHERZER:  on the DL (neck)  

NATS TEAM LEADERS:

Batting:

     BA:       Harper (.326)

     OBP:    Harper (.419)

     H:         Murphy (138)

     HR:      Harper and Zimmerman (29)     

     RBI:     Harper (87)

Pitching:

     ERA:    Scherzer (2.25)

     W:        Scherzer (12)

     SO:      Scherzer (220)

     S:         Doolittle (11)

     WHIP:   Scherzer (0.85) 

Next:  NATS @ HOU – Tuesday, August 22nd

HOUSTON:  76-48, 12 games ahead of ANGELS, NATS first games against HOU in 2017….did not face each other in 2015 & 2016….in 2014 the NATS took 4 of 4 games.  NATS are 8 wins and 9 losses in inter-league play so far in 2017.

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Aug 17th: WSH-2, SD-1

Final R H E
WSH 2 4 0
SD 1 8 0
W: Jackson (4-2, 3.43)
L: Yates (2-4, 3.95)
S: Doolittle (13)

ZIMMERMAN:  Solo HR (#29) in 8th gives NATS Winning Run

JACKSON:  7IP — 1 Earned Run (8H, 1 BB, 2 K)

Scoring:

NATS/3rd (1 run):

The set-up:  Kendrick double, then to 3rd on Difo sac bunt, Murphy HBP, Zimmerman walks (Murphy to 2nd).

Adam Lind sac fly, Howie Kendrick scores (WSH-1, SD-0).

PADRES/3rd (1 run):

Jose Pirela RBI single, scoring Manuel Margot (WSH-1, SD-1).  Edwin Jackson pitching.

NATS/8th (1 run):

Ryan Zimmerman (.310) solo HR (WSH-2, SD-1).

Pitching:

SP Edwin Jackson (3.43) – Game Score 65 (SD/SP Chacin 59):

Pitched 7.0 innings, giving up 1 earned run on 8 hits and 1 walk, striking out 4 (83 pitches, 57 strikes, 29 batters, 8 groundouts, 2 flyouts).

Brandon Kintzler (2.48) – Hold:

Pitched 1.0 inning, giving up 0 runs/hits/walks, striking out 1.

Sean Doolittle (3.06) – Save:

Pitched 1.0 inning, giving up 0 runs/hits/walks, striking out 2.

(Former NAT Craig Stammen pitched 2 innings for the PADRES — 6th and 7th — against the NATS giving up 0 runs/hits/walks and striking out 2.)

Up next – NATS @ PADRES on Friday at 10:10 p.m.:  RHP Max Scherzer (12-5, 2.25 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Perdomo (6-7, 4.95 ERA).

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Aug 16th: WSH-2, LAA-3

Final R H E
WSH 2 6 0
LAA 3 4 1
W: Nolasco (6-12, 5.16)
L: Roark (9-8, 4.70)
S: Bedrosian (6)

*ZIMMERMAN:  2-run HR in 1st*

NATS:  6 hits, 8 strikeouts, 8 Team LOB, 1 SB

ROARK:  7 IP (4 H/2 BB — 3 R, 3 K, 2 HR)

Scoring:

NATS/1st (2 runs):

Ryan Zimmerman (.310) 2-run HR, scoring Wilmer Difo (.280) (WSH-2, LAA-0).

ANGELS/5th (1 run):

Luis Valbuena solo HR (WSH-2, LAA-1).  Tanner Roark pitching.

ANGELS 6th (2 runs):

Kole Calhoun 2-run HR, scoring Mike Trout (WSH-2, LAA-3).  Tanner Roark pitching.

STOLEN BASE:  Wilmer Difo

Pitching:

SP Tanner Roark (4.70) – Game Score 52 (SP LAA/Nolasco 51):

Pitched 7.0 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits (2 HR) and 2 walks, striking out 2 (97 pitches, 60 strikes, 26 batters, 11 groundouts, 3 flyouts).

Sammy Solis (9.42):

Pitched 1.2 innings, giving up 0 runs/hits/walks, striking out 2 (17 pitches, 10 strikes, 5 batters).

Joe Blanton (7.03):

Pitched 0.1 inning, giving up 0 runs/hits/walks, striking out 1 (4 pitches, 3 strikes, 1 batters).

Up next – NATS @ PADRES on Thursday, Aug 17 (10:10 p.m. ET):  RHP Edwin Jackson (3-2, 3.86 ERA) vs RHP Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 4.06 ERA).

 

Aug 15th: WSH-3, LAA-1

Final R H E
WSH 3 9 0
LAA 1 3 1
W: Gonzalez (11-5, 2.49)
L: Skaggs (1-3, 3.63)
S: Doolittle (12)

*KENDRICK:  2 HRs*

(ending former team’s 6-game winning streak)

GIO:  6 Shutout Innings (2 hits, 3 walks, no runs)

GIO:  #3 in MLB for ERA (after KERSHAW & MAX)

Scoring:

NATS/3rd (1 run):

Howie Kendrick (.351) solo HR (WSH-1, LAA-0).

NATS/5th (1 run):

Howie Kendrick solo HR (WSH-2, LAA-0).

(LAA/6TH:  GIO gives up first HIT to Cameron Maybin.)

NATS/6th (1 run):

Matt Wieters (.239) reaches on fielding error, Anthony Rendon Scores (WSH-3, LAA-0).

ANGELS/8th (1 run):

Cliff Pennington solo HR (WSH-3, LAA-1).  Brandon Kintzler pitching.

Pitching:

SP Gio Gonzalez (2.49) – Games Score 70 (SP/LAA Skaggs 40):

Pitched 6.0 innings, giving up 0 runs on 2 hits, walking 3 and striking out 4 (91 pitches, 49 strikes, 22 batters, 8 groundouts, 3 flyouts).

Matt Albers (1.99) – Hold:

Pitched 1.0 inning, giving up 0 runs/walks/hits (8 pitches, 4 strikes, 3 batters).

Brandon Kintzler (2.53) – Hold:

Pitched 1.0 inning, giving up 1 run on 1 hit and 0 walks, striking out 2 (16 pitches, 11 strikes, 4 batters).

Sean Doolittle (3.15) – Save:

Pitched 1.0 inning, giving up 0 runs/hits/walks, striking out 1.

Up next – ANGELS @ CARDINALS on Wednesday, 16 Aug at 1:05 p.m.:  RHP Tanner Roark (9-7, 4.74 ERA) vs. Ricky Nolasco (5-12, 5.24).

 

 

NATS WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Aug 7 thru Aug 13

WEEKLY ROUNDUP:  Aug 7 thru Aug 13 (Games #110 thru #116)

Home this Week: 5 Wins (1 walk-off) — 2 Losses

MARLINS: 3 wins/1 loss
GIANTS: 2 wins/1 loss

Mon, Aug 7:      W (WSH-3, MIA-2) – Kintzler WP
Tue, Aug 8:       L (MIA-7, WSH-3) – Cole LP
Wed, Aug 9:      W (WSH-10, MIA-1) – Gonzalez WP
Thu, Aug 10:      W (WSH-3, MIA-2) – Madson WP
Fri, Aug 11:         Rained out
Sat: Aug 12:        W (WSH-3, SFG-1) – Jackson WP
Sun, Aug 13 (1):  L (SFG-4, WSH-2) – Cole LP
Sun, Aug 13 (2):  W-wo (WSH-6, SFG-2) Albers WP

NATS 70-46 (.603)
***Last year NATS standing after Game #116: 69-47 (1st place, up 8.5 games)***

Last 10: 7-3

Total runs scored:  628
Total runs allowed: 505

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

Walkoff wins: 8 (GRAND SLAM walk-off by KENDRICKS on 13 Aug)
Walkoff losses: 5

Largest attendance this week (home): 32,344 – Sat, Aug 12 (Giants)
Smallest attendance this week (home): 21,799 – Mon, Aug 7 (Marlins)

Days in 1st Place:  130 (since Apr 16)

Lead:  14.0 games ahead of MIAMI

NATS #3 in MLB:  #1-LAD (.709), #2-HOU (.615)

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

Current Injury List – 12:  Stephen Drew, Adam Eaton, Koda Glover, Jayson Werth, Trea Turner, Shawn Kelley, Joe Ross, Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Raburn, Enny Romero, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper

DID YOU KNOW – NL Stats Leaders:

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

.346 Justin Turner (LAD)
.335 Charlie Blackmon (COL)
.330 Daniel Murphy
.326 Bryce Harper

Ryan Zimmerman – now #10 (.310)
     Anthony Rendon – now #17 (.289)

Runs Batted in: NATS occupy 2 of the top 7 positions:

100 Nolan Arenado (COL)
92 Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
90 Jake Lamb (ARI)
90 Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)

88 Marcel Ozuna (MIA)
87 Bryce Harper
83 Joey Votto (CIN)
83 Ryan Zimmerman
Daniel Murphy – now #11 (78)
     Anthony Rendon – now 13 (76)

On-Base Plus Slugging Percentage: NATS occupy 3 of the top 10 positions:

1.046 Joey Votto (CIN)
1.034 Bryce Harper
1.030 Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
1.009 Justin Turner (LAD)
1.008 Charlie Blackmon (COL)
1.006 Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)
.972 Cody Bellinger (LAD)
.969 Michael Conforto (NYM)
.958 Daniel Murphy
.954 Anthony Rendon
     Ryan Zimmerman – now #12 (.943)

DID YOU KNOW:

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

MAX is #2 MLB for ERA (2.25) after KERSHAW (2.04)

MAX is #2 MLB for STRIKEOUTS (220) after SALE (241)
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TOPICS THIS WEEK:

HARPER: on the DL (hyper-extended knee/bone bruise)

MLB/Harper injury: wet-base/field safety issues?

HENDRICKS: walk-off GRAND SLAM (his first career GS)

DIFO: extended 9-game hitting streak Sunday night

TAYLOR: returns from DL, two big plays in OF

GOODWIN: goes on DL with groin tightness

JACKSON: Edwin looking good

STRASBURG/Rehab: Scheduled for POTOMAC on Monday

NATS TEAM LEADERS:

BA:   Murphy (.330)
OBP: Harper (.419)
H:    Murphy (134)
HR:  Harper (29)
RBI: Harper (87)

ERA:  Scherzer (2.25)
W:    Scherzer (12)
SO:   Scherzer (220)
S:     Glover (8) and Doolittle (8)
WHIP:  Scherzer (0.85)

Next: NATS vs LAA – Tuesday, Aug 15th

LAA: 61-58, 12 games behind Houston, Wild Card contender (currently NYY and LAA)