Washington Nationals: Stats, streaks, and upcoming milestones
By Brian Foley
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The Nationals have several veterans on the roster who are approaching career benchmarks.
Max Scherzer is sitting on 147 wins and 1,936 innings pitched over 11 seasons, all accomplished with a sparkling 3.26 career ERA. According to Baseball-Reference, only 97 pitchers in history have cracked 150 wins and 2,000 innings with a sub-3.26 ERA, and only 5 since 1990 (Randy Johnson, Felix Hernandez, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, and Pedro Martinez).
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Ryan Zimmerman, now in year 14, should also cross several marks by the end of 2018. For his career, Zim owns 1,683 hits, 951 RBIs, 892 runs, and 590 walks. Only 204 players are a part of the well-known 1,700-1,000-900-600 club.
That may not seem notable for Zimmerman, but consider that roughly 19,000 players have played in the major leagues. He will soon be a part of the 1 percent of players to ever rack up those numbers. For Zimmerman to amass such stats is a testament to his overall offensive skill set across a long and successful career.
Several other Nats are working towards some marks on their baseball cards too. Howie Kendrick is 9 knocks short of 1,600 base hits. Anthony Rendon – should he come back healthy – could crack 100 career home runs this season (currently at 79). Stephen Strasburg is also just 14 victories shy of 100 wins, which he may reach by the end of the year. Even the much-maligned Matt Wieters needs only six RBIs to break 500 for his career.
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This is the beauty of baseball; history runs parallel to every game. These are just a few milestones and marks to keep an eye on when you’re at the ballpark this summer.