What to Watch for: 9.1.13
New York Mets (62-72) vs. Washington Nationals (68-67)
LHP Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.69) vs. RHP Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 2.49)
Due to ESPN’s selection for its Sunday Night Baseball telecast, the first pitch for tonight’s game will be at 8:06 p.m. The Center Field Gate will open at 5:30 p.m. In addition, Kids Run the Bases will not take place due to the later game time. Fans should plan their travel accordingly, keeping in mind that Metro’s last train to all stations will depart Navy Yard at 11:20 p.m.
1. Bryce Harper CF
2. Anthony Rendon 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
4. Jayson Werth RF
5. Ian Desmond SS
6. Wilson Ramos C
7. Tyler Moore 1B
8. Scott Hairston LF
9. Ross Ohlendorf RHP
With three hits last night, Denard Span extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. During the streak, Span has hit at a .397 clip (20-for-53) with five walks, two doubles, two triples, a homer, seven runs scored and five RBI. This is the fifth double-digit hit streak of Span’s career and two games longer than his previous career-high, a 12-gamer accomplished while with the Twins from April 18-May 1, 2012.
After a record-setting regular season that saw them post a 49-9 record, the best mark ever by a stateside minor league affiliate, the Gulf Coast League Nationals swept through the playoffs, winning all three games en route to the title. They won their semifinal game 6-1 over the GCL Pirates on Friday, then beat the GCL Red Sox 10-3 and 7-2 over the past two days to win the best-of-three Championship Series.
Ian Desmond – via his 20-homer, 18-stolen bag effort so far – is on the cusp of posting the third 20-homer, 20-stolen base season by a National. Washington’s previous two 20-20 campaigns came from Desmond (25 HR, 21 SB) in ‘12 and Alfonso Soriano (46 HR, 41 SB) in ‘06.