What to Watch For: 10/1
Philadelphia Phillies (80-79) vs. Washington Nationals (96-63)
RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08) vs. LHP John Lannan (4-0, 4.23)
The Nationals return to D.C. for the final homestand of the regular season to face the division-rival Phillies, needing just one more win to secure their first-ever National League East title. John Lannan, who defeated Philadelphia on the road just five days ago, takes the hill against Kyle Kendrick in a rematch of that game’s starters.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
From manager Davey Johnson, who actually answered when he would like to play in the first round of the playoffs, despite being asked whom he would prefer to face:
“I’d like to play Sunday.”
The team that finishes the National League with the best record will open their NLDS series on Sunday rather than Saturday, as they await the Wild Card winner from Friday.
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. Lannan LHP
Bryce Harper is coming off a road trip in which he went 12-for-24 with six extra-base hits (2 2B, 3B, 3 HR), raising his batting average 11 points along the way. Harper has hit in seven straight games and needs just two home runs to tie Tony Conigliaro for most home runs ever by a teenager (24).
Coming off a win in his last start, John Lannan takes to the hill against the Phillies for the second time in five days. Including his win last Wednesday at Philadelphia, Lannan has won his last two starts against the Phillies, after going 1-12 in first 15 career starts against Philadelphia.
GET YOUR PHIL
One year ago today (Oct. 1, 2011), the third-place Nationals trailed the first-place Phillies in the NL East final standings by 21.5 games. This year, the two clubs have swapped spots in the standings as Washington holds a 16.0-game advantage over the third-place Phillies. Washington is 14-10 against the Phillies since Davey Johnson became manager, including a 4-1 mark in one-run games. Before going 10-8 against the Phillies in ‘11, the Nationals/Expos had won only two season series from PHI the previous 14 years.
DATE IN DC BASEBALL
October 1, 1924: The District celebrates the Senators, as a crowd of 100,000 lines Pennsylvania Avenue to greet the American League champions in a victory parade. The team visits President Calvin Coolidge, who promises he’ll attend Game One of the World Series against the Giants, at the White House.