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hand point * This interactive Web page presents detailed year-by-year historical data that were formerly displayed altogether on the Washington Nationals page. That page now only shows detailed data for the current year, as well as historical annual summary data. Click on the years listed below to get the respective annual data.


2016: Bouncing back to win a third division title

The Washington Nationals underwent some major roster changes during the off-season: a new manager (Dusty Baker), a new second baseman (Daniel Murphy), a new center fielder (Ben Revere), and at least four new relief pitchers. Revere was on the DL from early April until early May, but otherwise the team was pretty healthy until late in the season. Veteran players Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman both had below-average batting averages in April, but Werth improved greatly in May and June. The Nationals had their best win-loss ever for the month of April, 16-7, as Bryce Harper had nine home runs that month. He cooled off in May (as did the team), but Daniel Murphy was simply amazing at the plate. His batting average remained close to .400 until early June, and then gradually declined to "normal" levels. But with superb hitting by Wilson Ramos (and for a while, Danny Espinosa), coupled with mostly solid pitching, the Nats at midseason had a firm grasp on the division lead. In late July, after several bullpen failures (most notably, blown saves by Jonathan Papelbon), the Nats acquired Mark Melancon in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sparked by phenomenal hitting and base-stealing by rookie Trea Turner, in August the Nats widened their lead over the Mets, and clinched the NL East championship on September 24, in spite of injuries to Wilson Ramos and Stephen Strasburg, who both missed the 2016 postseason. After taking a 2 games to 1 lead in the National League Divisional Series against the L.A. Dodgers, the Nationals flinched and failed to advance in the MLB playoffs. As a small consolation, Max Scherzer won the Cy Young Award, the first time a Nationals pitcher has been so honored.

Starting positions, 2016
CF: Ben Revere $ .217
Trea Turner $ * .342; Michael Taylor * .231
LF: Jayson Werth .244
Chris Heisey $ *.216
Ben Revere RF: Bryce Harper .243
Jayson Werth Bryce Harper
SS: Danny Espinosa .209 2B: Daniel Murphy $ .347
Stephen Drew * .266
Danny Espinosa Daniel Murphy
3B: Anthony Rendon .270
1B: Ryan Zimmerman .218
Clint Robinson $ * .235
Anthony Rendon Max Scherzer Ryan Zimmerman
  C: Wilson Ramos .307
Jose Lobaton
 
Batting average for position players, ERA for pitchers.
Manager: Dusty Baker $
Wilson Ramos $ -- new player; smile -- no photo yet
* (asterisk) -- Played for less than half the season in this position.
Nationals, 2016: best batting and pitching records
Batting average Home runs RBIs ERA Wins Strikeouts
Daniel Murphy .347 Daniel Murphy 25 Daniel Murphy 104 Tanner Roark 2.83 Max Scherzer 20 Max Scherzer 284

 
Nationals' head-to-head matchups, 2016
OpponentWinsLosses
ARI52
ATL154
BAL13
BOS00
CHC25
CHW21
CIN43
CLE22
COL24
DET21
HOU00
KC21
LAA00
LAD15
MIA109
MIL24
MIN30
NYM127
NYY00
OAK00
PHI145
PIT42
SD34
SEA00
SF43
STL52
TB00
TEX00
TOR00
Totals9567
Nationals, 2016: month-by-month summary
Month Wins Losses NL East place
(at end)
Number of
home games
Total
attendance
Average
attendance
April 2016 16 7 1 12 313,734 26,145
May 2016 16 14 1 14 448,184 32,013
June 2016 16 11 1 10 357,220 35,722
July 2016 13 12 1 15 493,825 32,922
Aug. 2016 17 11 1 13 429,359 33,028
Sept. 2016 17 12 1 17 439,616 25,860
TOTAL 2016 95 67 1 81 2,481,938 30,641

SOURCE: My unofficial daily tabulations from MLB Gameday stats, Washington Post, and other newspapers. Attendance data corrected, based on baseball-reference.com.


Nats winning percentages

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