What to Watch For: 9/24
Milwaukee Brewers (79-73) vs. Washington Nationals (92-60)
RHP Marco Estrada (4-6, 3.56) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (11-8, 2.96)
The Nationals can earn a split of this series and secure a winning homestand with a victory over the Brewers this afternoon. Jordan Zimmerman, who has allowed just five earned runs total over his last three starts (2.50 ERA), looks to run his winning streak to three in a row against Milwaukee righty Marco Estrada.
1. Werth RF
2. Harper CF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. LaRoche 1B
5. Desmond SS
6. Espinosa 2B
7. Bernadina LF
8. Suzuki C
9. Zimmermann RHP
MORE GRAVY FOR DAVEY
With a postseason berth now assured, Davey Johnson will be escorting his sixth club (Mets in ‘86, ‘88; Reds in ‘95; Orioles in ‘96, ’97; Nationals in ‘12) into the postseason…it should be noted that Johnson’s ‘94 Reds were in first place in the NL Central upon the season being cancelled due to labor strife.
The Nationals have not won a season series at the Brew Crew’s expense since going 5-1 in 2006, but can do so with a win in today’s series finale. Since Milwaukee shifted to the NL, the Nationals/Expos and Brewers have played in six ballparks: Nationals Park, RFK Memorial Stadium, Olympic Stadium, Miller Park, County Stadium and Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico.
19 year-old Bryce Harper’s 19 homers hit as a teen are tied for second on the all-time list with Hall-of-Famer Mel Ott. Only a teenaged Tony Conigliaro (24) hit more. Harper turns 20 on October 16.