One of the biggest promotions the Washington Nationals do for their fans is the bobblehead giveaway. Over the last four seasons, the Nationals have played well on this day.
Here is a look at how Washington performs when bobbleheads are being distributed to fans.
Since 2012, the Nationals are 10-6 when there is a bobblehead giveaway at Nationals Park.
Last season, Washington went 3-2 and had an impressive 5-1 record on bobblehead days. In 2013, the Nationals didn’t find any success on bobblehead days as they went 0-3.
The Nationals average 3.8 runs per bobblehead game and tallied five or more runs seven times. Their opponents average 3.1 runs per contest in which bobbleheads are being given away.
Washington faced the Marlins four times while they played the Rockies twice. In the four games the Nationals played the Marlins, they went 3-1. They split the two games against Colorado.
First baseman Ryan Zimmerman has hit the ball pretty well on bobblehead day. He has a .366 batting average, one home run, and five RBI’s. Outfielder Jayson Werth has a .363 batting average, two home runs, and 10 RBI’s. Werth also hit the game winning RBI-double in the 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on July 20, 2014.
Pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg have pitched the most bobblehead giveaway games. Gonzalez started in four games while Strasburg pitched two games.
In the four starts, Gio took a no decision. He will be seeking his first win on Monday.
Strasburg, on the other hand, is 1-1. Out of all the pitchers that started on bobblehead day, former National Edwin Jackson had the best outing.
Jackson threw a complete game in the 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2012. He gave up one run on two hits and recorded nine strikeouts.
Nationals played in two extra inning games on bobblehead days. The first game was a 7-6 victory over the Miami Marlins on 2012 and a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013. Both games went into the 10th inning.
Attendance wise, Nationals Park gets a turn out. There have been a total of 562,950 fans to come to the game when bobbleheads are being given out.
The Nationals saw the most people come to National Park for bobbleheads in 2014 when there were 216,626 fans in attendance for the promotion. The number went down in 2015 when 158,860 came out for bobbleheads.
Most people came out for the Gio Gonzalez bobblehead giveaway on April 13, 2013 and the William Howard bobblehead on August 16, 2014.
The Gonzalez bobblehead day saw 41,992 people come out while the Howard bobblehead day had 41,880 people in attendance.
Fans coming to tonight’s game against the New York are expected to get a Max Scherzer bobblehead that represents the no-hitter he threw against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015.
This is the first time the Nationals played the Mets on bobblehead day.
Let’s see if their success on this day will continue against their division foe.