What to Watch For: 9/29

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Washington Nationals (95-62) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (85-72)

RHP Jordan Zimmermann (12-8, 2.90) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (16-3, 2.77)

The Nationals look to bounce back behind Jordan Zimmermann after dropping the opening game of the series in St. Louis last night. They will face Cardinals righty Kyle Lohse, against whom they scored five runs in 5.2 innings in on September 1 in Washington.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

From manager Davey Johnson on how aware the team will be of the results in Atlanta, with the NL East Magic Number down to two:

“We’ll probably do a little more scoreboard watching than usual. But it’s real easy to scoreboard watch now, they’ve got it plastered all over every stadium you’re in.”

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

95 CURLY W’S IN THE BOOKS

With five games remaining, Washington has matched a franchise best with 95 wins (‘79 Expos) and needs four wins in its final six games to match the best mark by a D.C.-based team (‘33 Senators). The Nationals are the first ballclub from the Nation’s Capital to eclipse the 90-win plateau in 79 years, or since the pennant-winning 99-win ‘33 AL Nationals. This is the ninth 90-win campaign posted by a D.C. baseball team. From 1913-33, the AL Nationals posted eight 90-win seasons: 1933 (99 wins), 1925 (96), 1930 (94), 1932 (93), 1931 (92), 1924 (92), 1912 (91), 1913 (90).

KEEPING SCORE ON THE SEASON

The Nationals currently pace the Major Leagues in run differential. MLB’s top three: Washington (+137), New York (AL) (+113), St. Louis (+112). The Nationals have allowed the fewest runs (575) in the NL.

C-NOTE

Just one 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). LaRoche would match a career high with his next RBI and has already equaled his career plateau with 32 home runs this season.

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