With five straight wins overall and nine straight wins on the road after sweeps in Arizona and Miami and two in a row in Baltimore, the Washington Nationals are 19-8 outside D.C. after two-plus months this season. What’s the key to their success on the road?
“Sleep,” Davey Martinez told reporters after the Nationals’ 3-2 win over the Orioles last night in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
And the Nationals’ 12-14 record at home?
“We’ve played some pretty good ballgames at home as well,” Martinez said.
“We’ve played a lot of one-run games, but I love it when you play that well on the road. We’ll start winning games at home, a lot more games at home, I know that.”
After the series opener in OPACY, Martinez told veteran Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell his team noticed that Nats fans traveled to see the series opener in Baltimore.
“We had a lot of Nats fans when we were in Miami,” Martinez said. “We appreciated all the support today. Don’t think that the boys don’t hear it and respond to it.”
Did O’s owner Peter Angelos, who, everyone has mentioned this week, once said “There are no real baseball fans in D.C.,” when MLB was looking at Washington before the move from Montreal, notice all the Nationals fans in his park?
Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo did, as he told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies this morning.
“Love seeing the Nats fans invade Baltimore,” Rizzo said, “... but the Nats fans have been everywhere. We had a huge contingent in Miami, and each place on the road I see every year that there’s more and more Nats gear walking around the streets and the ballpark and very noisy. You see when [Bryce Harper] hit a home run last night the crowd was really really loud for the Nationals, and you’ve got to love that. We’re traveling heavy.
National League home run leader Bryce Harper extended his National League home run lead. pic.twitter.com/lyjKYK9Q5N— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 29, 2018
“The Nats fans are traveling heavy and it really has a positive effect on the players. They love it, and you could tell by the record that we have on the road.”