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Game Notes: Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles (September 27, 2023)
The Washington Nationals finish their series against the Baltimore Orioles and then will head to Atlanta to finish off the 2023 season.
Washington Nationals (69–89) vs. Baltimore Orioles (98-59)
Pitching Matchup: LHP Patrick Corbin (10-14, 5.13) vs. RHP Grayson Rodriguez (6-4; 4.49)
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 7:05 p.m. ET | Game #159 / Away Game #78
Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards | Baltimore, Md.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan / Nationals Radio Network
Game Story Line
The Washington Nationals finish off their two-game series against the Baltimore Orioles.
HIT THE ROAD JACK. The Nationals will close out the 2023 season with four road games one tonight in Baltimore and then three in Atlanta this weekend. Entering tonight’s game, the Nationals have a 35-42 record away from Nationals Park this season.
CJ WAS BORN TO RUN. Since moving to the leadoff spot back in July, CJ Abrams has stolen 32 bases which is the most ahead of RonaldAcuña Jr. and Corbin Carroll (27). So far this season, Abrams is tied for ﬁfth in Major League Baseball (T3rd in the NL) with 43 stolen bases. Additionally, over the last eight games, Abrams is 9-for-31 with five doubles, one triple, six RBI, four walks, two stolen bases, and four runs scored.
OH, WHAT A RELIEF IT IS. Nationals reliever Kyle Finnegan ranks seventh in the National League with a career-high 27 saves. With three more saves, Finnegan would become the first Nationals reliever (2005-pres.) to record 30 saves in a season since Rafael Soriano in 2014. With one more save, Kyle Finnegan will record 50 in his career, making him the fifth Nationals reliever (2005.) to record 50 saves with Washington.
JOEY AND KELBERT. Joey Meneses ranks 4th (.364) and Keibert Ruiz ranks 5th, (.353) each rank in the top five in the National League in batting average with runners in scoring position this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the only other club to have at least two players in the top 10 in the National League. Specifically, Joey Meneses' 59 hits with runners in scoring position are the most in Major League Baseball.
DON’T RUN ON PATRICK. LHP Patrick Corbin leads all Major League pitchers with 34 assists and nine pickoffs which is also a career-high.
On the bump for the Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin
LHP Patrick Corbin will be making his final appearance for the 2023 season. Corbin enters tonight’s game with a 10-14 record with a 5.13 ERA. In his 175.1 innings pitched this year, Corbin struck out 122 and had a WHIP of 1.47.
In his previous seven starts before tonight’s game, he has a record of 3-3 with an ERA of 6.16. Over the past 38.0 innings pitched, Corbin struck out 31, walked nine, and gave up 26 earned runs on 42 hits netting him with a 1.34 WHIP.
In his last start against the Braves on September 22nd, Corbin pitched 4.1 innings giving up five runs on five hits, striking out only one batter and walking one. Corbin took the loss in the Nationals’ 9-6 defeat.
Patrick Corbin faces the Orioles for the first time this season and for the ninth time in his career. Corbin allowed one run on four hits in 6.0 innings on September 14, 2022, in his last start against Baltimore. Corbin is 1-4 and has a 4.93 ERA against the Orioles in his career.
SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS.
Thurs., Sept. 28 Off Day
Friday, Sept. 29 at ATL 7:20 p.m. MASN 2 106.7 The Fan RHP Trevor Williams (6-10, 5.55) vs. TBA
Saturday, Sept. 30 at ATL 7:20 p.m. MASN 106.7 The Fan RHP Joan Adon (2-4, 6.42) vs. TBA
Sunday, Oct. 1 at ATL 3:05 p.m. MASN 2 106.7 The Fan RHP Jackson Rutledge (1-1, 6.00) vs. TBA
Washington Nationals Starting Lineup (Subject to Change)
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