Nats’ Notes- September 2, 2016

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NATS NOTES- 9/2/16

TREA TERRIFIC

As the 2016 regular season’s final month begins, one of the top stories for the Washington Nationals has been the rapid development of speedy rookie Trea Turner into a top-flight leadoff man and centerfielder.   Turner’s emergence has made the Nats a much better team, and potential post-season opponents will have to account for his multiple talents come October.

With October still on the horizon it is time to look back at August, a month where the Turner achieved great things.  In the month, Turner hit .357 with five homers, 15 RBI and 11 steals while posting a .938 OPS.    His 45 hits on the month tied Turner for the most hits in August and for the fourth highest total in any month in the 2016 season:

Player                      Month                  Hits 

Bogaerts, Bos          May                       49

TMurphy, Was           May                       47

Ozuna, Mia               May                       46

Betts, Bos                 August                  45

Turner, Was             August                  45  

The speedster’s 11 steals in August was the most in a month for a Nationals’ player in six years, and tied Turner for the second most steals in any month in Nationals’ history:

Player                        Month/Year              Steals

Nyjer Morgan         July 2009                          14

Felipe Lopez           Sept/Oct 2006                11

Nyjer Morgan          July 2010                         11

Trea Turner              August 2016                   11  

WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN

Veteran outfielder Jayson Werth was once a driving force in making the Philadelphia Phillies one of the Major League’s best teams.   These days, Werth is driving the Phillies and their fans crazy.

With two key home runs in the Nats’ sweep of Philadelphia this week, Werth has tied Lucas Duda of the Mets for the most home runs by an opponent at Citizens Bank Park since 2011 with 12.  Werth has consistently terrorized the Phils since 2013 with three home runs at Philadelphia this season, four in 2015, two in 2014 and three in 2013.

96 miles north of Philadelphia, another fan base has watched a former member of their team terrorize the home squad this season.   At New York’s Citi Field this season, former Met Daniel Murphy has four home runs.  He is tied with nine other players (including Anthony Rendon and former National Adam LaRoche) for the second most by an Mets’ opponent in a single season at Citi Field.  Giancarlo Stanton of Miami had five home runs at Citi Field this season for the top mark, but things could change this weekend!

GOING STREAKING

The Nats’ sweep of Philadelphia this week marked the ninth series sweep (for series’ of three games or more) in the 2016 season.   Both the 2012 and 2014 National League East division winning Nationals’ teams had nine sweeps in those seasons.  With nine series left to go in 2016, the current Nats’ squad has a good shot at besting that mark.

MAX-IMUM DOMINANCE

Another week, another 10 strikeout plus game for Nats’ ace Max Scherzer.  The National League Cy Young candidate fanned 11 Phillies on Tuesday, giving him 12 games of double digit strikeout totals this season.  Since 2005, only two pitchers have more such games in any season. Last year, both Chicago’s Chris Sale and Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw had 13 double digit strikeout games.

RUN PRODUCERS INC.

So far this season, Daniel Murphy (with 98), Bryce Harper (75) and Wilson Ramos (71) have at least 70 RBI.  With a month left to go in the campaign, the 2016 squad has a chance to surpass the 2014 and 2007 teams for the most 70 plus RBI men in a single year.  Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa have 62 RBI so far, with Jayson Werth right behind them with 61.   In 2014  Adam LaRoche (92), Ian Desmond (91), Rendon (83) and Werth (82) did the trick, while in 2007 it was Ryan Zimmerman (91), Dmitri Young (74), Austin Kearns (74) and Ryan Church (70) with 70 or more RBI.

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