What to Watch For: 9/20

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Los Angeles Dodgers (77-72) vs. Washington Nationals (90-58)

LHP Chris Capuano (11-10, 3.60) vs. LHP Ross Detwiler (9-6, 3.16)

The Nationals and Dodgers split their doubleheader yesterday with the Nats snagging the opener, 3-1, but falling despite a big, late rally, 7-6 in the nightcap. Southpaws Ross Detwiler and Chris Capuano will decide the rubber match this evening as the Nationals need just one more win to clinch their first-ever postseason spot.

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. Detwiler LHP

FOLLOW THIS…

The Nationals are only the fifth team in modern MLB history (1901-present) to post three consecutive seasons winning 10 or more games than the year prior.

Note, however, that they are the first team in over 100 years to do so without the benefit of a deflated win total associated with a work stoppage. If you apply the Twins winning percentage in 1981 and the Marlins winning percentage in 1994 to a now-standard 162-game season, they would not come close to qualifying for this list.

TEAM                         1901             1902             1903             1904

Chicago Cubs            53-86            68-69            82-56            93-60

TEAM                              1906              1907             1908             1909

Boston Red Sox             49-105            59-90            75-79            88-63

TEAM                                 1981               1982              1983             1984

Minnesota Twins            41-68*            60-102            70-92            81-81

TEAM                             1994               1995             1996             1997

Florida Marlins            51-64*            67-76            80-82            92-70

TEAM                                           2009             2010             2011             2012

Washington Nationals            59-103            69-93            80-81            90-58**

*Season affected by work stoppage

**Season not complete

WE LOVE THE 90s

While the Nationals reached the 90-win plateau for the first time in 79 years on Wednesday, this is the ninth 90-win campaign recorded by a DC baseball team. From 1913-33, the AL Nationals posted eight separate 90-win seasons: 1933 (99 wins), 1925 (96), 1930 (94), 1932 (93), 1931 (92), 1924 (92), 1912 (91), 1913 (90), 2012 (90). This is the franchise’s fifth 90-win campaign: the Expos won 90+ in 1979 (95 victories), 1993 (94), 1987 (91) and 1980 (90).

FALL BALL

Coming off his last start on Friday in Atlanta, Ross Detwiler takes to the hill for the Nationals tonight. He went pitch-for-pitch with Kris Medlen, allowing one run on seven hits in 6.0 innings while walking one and fanning five batters along the way. “The National Det” is 5-3 with a 3.24 ERA in 13 career starts in September/October during career.

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