What to Watch For: 9/26

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Washington Nationals (93-61) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (78-76)

LHP John Lannan (3-0, 4.43) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89)

The Nationals send the second of three consecutive southpaws against the Phillies as John Lannan takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park opposite Kyle Kendrick. Washington has alternated wins and losses over its past eight games after dropping the series opener last night.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

From manager Davey Johnson on Steve Lombardozzi getting a shot to start at second base tonight for the first time in a while after starting regularly earlier in the year:

“He was probably playing as good as anybody. His playing time has diminished, but he can play.”

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Werth RF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Morse LF

6. Desmond SS

7. Lombardozzi 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Lannan LHP

KEEPING SCORE ON THE SEASON

The Nationals currently pace the Major Leagues in run differential. MLB’s top 3: Washington (+139), Texas (+118) and New York (AL) (+106). The Nationals have allowed the fewest runs (556) in MLB.

SEPTEMBER NORM

Washington is 13-10 in September and remains MLB’s only team to have played winning baseball every month this year: August (19-10), July (17-9), June (15-10), May (15-13), April (14-8). Including a 17-10 mark in Sept. ’11, Washington has posted six straight winning months.

C-NOTE

Just two RBI shy of the century mark, Adam LaRoche looks to become just the third player to record a 100-RBI season in a Nationals uniform, joining Ryan Zimmerman (‘06, ‘09) and Adam Dunn (‘09-10)…the Nationals mark for RBI in a season was accomplished when Zimmerman drove home 110 as a rookie in 2006. Ryan Zimmerman needs just 6 to reach the 100-RBI plateau. After a slow start offensively, he has tallied 72 of his 94 RBI in his last 82 contests (beginning June 24).

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