You know the story by now, but it's worth repeating over and over again. The Washington Nationals magic number is one. They can clinch the National League East division title today with a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. They hold the key to their own destiny. The Nats also have a path to clinching with an Atlanta Braves loss to the New York Mets. The Braves and Mets first pitch is scheduled for 1:35 pm EDT while the Nats and Red Birds are scheduled to go at 2:15 pm EDT.
Ross Detwiler, the starting pitcher the day the Nats clinched the postseason on September 20th, is on the bump for the Nats as they look to win the division title. The Nats are putting out their standard starting lineup as they go for the clinch. Detwiler, a native Missourian, will surely have many, many folks out at Busch Stadium for the game. He's been as dominant has he's been in his whole career recently, and he'll face a good young pitcher in Lance Lynn.
For the Braves, their young ace, Kris Medlen, will try and stave off elmination from division title contention for one more day against the Mets. With a win today, the Braves will have won 23 consecutive starts by Medlen, which would be an MLB record. He has a ludicrous 1.64 ERA while the Mets lineup, outside of David Wright, isn't exactly what you'd call deadly. It certainly feels like the Nats will have to put together a win if they want to clinch today.
We will probably know the result of the Braves game before the Nats game ends, so it's going to be a great day to have an MLB.tv subscription for Nats fans. If you don't have one, you should find a way to keep an eye on the Braves game. When today is said and done, here's hoping we can all celebrate the guarantee of an NLDS in Washington, D.C. this October.