What to Watch For: 9/19 – Game 2
Los Angeles Dodgers (76-72) vs. Washington Nationals (90-57)
RHP Josh Beckett (6-13, 4.94) vs. LHP John Lannan (3-0, 2.41)
The Nationals took the opening game of the doubleheader, the series and the homestand with a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers earlier this afternoon. Washington reduced its NL East Magic Number to nine and its postseason Magic Number to one, and can earn a playoff berth with a win behind John Lannan in Game 2.
1. Werth RF
2. Harper CF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. LaRoche 1B
5. Morse LF
6. Desmond SS
7. Lombardozzi 2B
8. Flores C
9. Lannan LHP
WHAT’S 79 YEARS BETWEEN FRIENDS?
With a Game 1 victory, The Nationals have become the first baseball team from the Nation’s Capital to reach the 90-win threshold since the 99-win ‘33 AL Nationals 79 years ago. Those ‘33 AL Nationals posted win No. 90 via a 7-3 home victory on September 10 vs. Cleveland.
Taking the ball in game two of today’s doubleheader, John Lannan looks to become the first Nationals pitcher ever to earn the win in each of his first four starts in a single season. In his last outing one week ago, he spun 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing five hits while striking out nine along the way in Washington’s 2-0 win over the Mets. While he has yet to face Los Angeles yet in 2012, Lannan is 4-1 with a 2.64 ERA (9 ER/30.2 IP) in five career starts versus the Dodgers.