What to Watch For: 9/19 – Game 1

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Los Angeles Dodgers (76-71)Washington Nationals (89-57)

RHP Aaron Harang (9-9, 3.79) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (10-8, 3.01)

The Nationals and Dodgers match up for a pair of games this afternoon and evening in D.C. to kick off Washington’s seven-game homestand. Right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Aaron Harang match up in the opener.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Werth RF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Morse LF

6. Desmond SS

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Zimmermann RHP

MAGIC MOMENT

The Nationals currently sport a Magic Number of three in their pursuit of a D.C.’s first berth in MLB’s postseason since 1933. The Nationals/Expos franchise has only one post-season berth (1981: Expos lost to the Dodgers in a five-game NLCS) on its 44-year resume. Washington’s Magic Number to clinch the NL East is 10 games.

NATIONALS & DODGERS

Davey Johnson posted a 163-161 (.503) record in two seasons as Dodgers manager (1999-2000). Washington’s 7-2 series-opening win on July 22, 2011 marked Don Mattingly’s first career “game of record” as a player or manager against the Nationals/Expos franchise. Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten served as Nationals President for five seasons from 2006-10. Hall-of-Fame voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, began his broadcasting career at WTOP radio in D.C. shortly after graduating from Fordham University. October 19, 1981 is still to this day known as “Blue Monday” in Montreal, as Rick Monday’s ninth-inning solo home run off Steve Rogers gave the Dodgers a 2-1 win in Game 5 of the NLCS and halted the franchise’s lone post-season appearance.

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