Nats Series Review: Nats take 2 of 3 from the Mets, Reduce Magic number to 7

WASHINGTON NATIONALS SERIES REVIEW:  The Washington Nationals took two out of three at National Park from the second place New York Mets.  The two wins allowed Washington to reduce it’s magic number to just 7 games to wrap up the National League East.  It was a big series for the Nats.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? It means the Nationals magic number is down to 7 games.  The Nationals have significant momentum going on right now, having beat the Mets 2 games to 1 and having won 8 out of their last 10.

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SERIES RECORD: 2-1

RECORD VERSUS New York Mets: 12-7

NATS OVERALL RECORD: 87-59

DIVISION PLACE: First with 10.0 game lead

RUNS SCORED: 13

RUNS YIELDED: 4

WINNING PITCHERS: Tanner Roark (15-8) and Reynaldo Lopez (3-3

LOSING PITCHER: Mark Melancon (2-2)

SERIES MVP: Daniel Murphy. Who else?  Oh, maybe Trea Turner.  Murph was 6 for 12 at the plate (.500) with two doubles, 2 runs and an RBI.  Murphy continues his tear, keeping his batting average up to .348 abd crossing the 100 RBI threshold with 102 RBI.  He also leads the National League with 45 doubles.  Wilson Ramos and Treat Turner had 4 hit series’ and Ramos led the team with 5 RBI against the Mets.

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TOP STARTING ARM: East.  Tanner Roark dominated the Mets with a 7 shutout inning performance. Roark continues to dominate on the mound, earning his 15th win to improve to 15-8 and lower his season ERA to an impressive 2.75.  Through the 1-0 shutout win, Roark allowed only 3 hits.  He walked 4 while he fanned 7 batters.  His 2.75 ERA leads the Nationals staff  and is fifth bets in Major League Baseball.

THE BULLPEN: Reynaldo Lopez earned a win, Mark Melancon got tagged with a loss, and Malenacon picked up two more saves.  In the series, the Nats bullpen threw 11.2 combined innings and allowed 5 hits, 3 walks, and just 1 run, while striking out 4 batters.  Melancon earned his 42nd save, which is fifth best in the MLB.

ROOKIE WATCH: All eye are on one rookie, Trea Turner.  He has played nearly a third of a season and is batting an impressive .342.  In this particular series, Turner had 4 on 14 at bats with a run scored.  Turner is producing at the top of the lineup similar to Daniel Murphy, which is down right stellar.  Brian Goodwin and Wilmer Difo appeared in the game last night, but had no plate appearances in this series  Pitching rookie Matt Grace and Rafael Martin did not appear in this series.  Trevor Gott pitched a combined 1.1 shutout innings over two games.  Gott did not allow a hit or a run.  Koda Glover pitched two scoreless inning on September 13.  He needed it.  Reynaldo threw three scoreless innings against the Mets in relief and picked up his third win (3-3).  AJ Cole made his 5th start and allowed 3 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings.

COLD AS ICE: Bryce Harper walked four times, scored four runs, but had 0 hits in 7 at bats. Danny Espinosa has gone completely cold, have 0 hits in 9 at bats.

What’s Next? The Nationals have the day off today before embarking on a 9 game road trip that begins tomorrow evening in Atlanta, then to Miami, and ending in Pittsburgh.