“It was a pretty good season, all things considered,” said outfielder Jayson Werth after the Nationals’ 5-1 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. “We had a lot of injuries and things to overcome. The fact that we ended up here, it really came down to the last game for the best record. We showed up again today.
“I like where we are sitting heading into the postseason. This is what it is all about. This is what you play your whole life for. We got a chance to do something special here. We got a good team and a good group of guys. I think the city can be proud of that.”
With Sunday’s first game of the National League Division Series, it’s clear that 2012 has been pretty special for the Nationals for so many reasons.
Breaking down a few of the numbers from the regular season, the Nationals are pretty astonishing, and give us a little perspective on why it is a special season as they continue on to St. Louis or Atlanta.
* The Nationals ended up with the best record in baseball at 98-64.
Only the Yankees (51-30) had a better record at home than the Nationals, 50-31, which was tied with a few teams.
* No one had a better road record than the Nationals (48-33). That is a franchise record, breaking the 46 won by the ‘82 Expos.
* Only Tampa Bay and Cincinnati allowed fewer runs than the Nationals’ 594 (franchise record is 581, set twice in 1992 and 1979).
* Tyler Moore (10 homers) and Edwin Jackson (10 wins) reached the mark on the same day.
* The Nationals’ five starting pitchers all had at least 10 wins.
* The Nationals had seven players hit at least 10 homers this season.
* The most wins in franchise history before this season was 95 by the ‘79 Expos.
* The Nationals scored 731 runs, within 15 of the franchise record of 746 set in 2006.
* The run differential was tops in the majors at plus-137, while Yankees were second at plus-136.
* The team ERA was 3.33 was second in the majors to Tampa Bay’s 3.18, and best in the National League.
* The Nationals had 1,325 strikeouts (fourth in the majors) and crushing their previous franchise record of 1,206 in 1996.
* The .237 batting average against was second in the majors to Tampa Bay’s .228.
* The 194 home runs were a franchise record, topping the mark of 178 by the 2000 Expos).
* The attendance of 2,370,794 set a new record for Nationals Park (30,010 per game average).
Record against the Braves: 10-8
Record against the Cardinals: 4-3
It’s always fun to break down (some of) the numbers, gives you an idea of the historical impact this team has had on the franchise’s record books. Of course, still a long way to go. See you Sunday!
This is just a start to the number crunching, but do you have some incredible statistics you would like to share?
Programming notes: Don’t forget to check out “Nats Xtra: Playoff Preview,” hosted by Ray Knight and yours truly, airing Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN HD (with a rebroadcast at 10 p.m.).
And expanded, hour-long editions of “Nats Xtra” will air before and after all playoff games.