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Game 157: Phillies at Nats

Sep 27, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Phillies will try to clinch the NL East tonight, if weather permits.

As you can see from the above photo, the weather isn't very conducive to baseball today. It's been raining on and off all day, and it promises to continue all night. That said, there figure to be periods of heavy rain, periods of light rain and periods of no rain throughout the evening, so my hunch is that they'll try their best to get tonight's game in.

If and when they do play, Roy Halladay will be looking to pitch the Phillies to their fourth consecutive NL East title. This is what they acquired the right-hander for, so it's only appropriate he's starting this game. John Lannan starts for the Nationals, hoping his late-season surge helps put an end to his long-time struggles against the Phillies (he's 0-7 with a 6.06 ERA in 10 career head-to-head starts).

For the fifth straight game, the Nats will be without Ryan Zimmerman, whose strained ribcage muscle has not healed yet to the point he can play without risking serious injury. With each passing day, it looks more likely that Zim won't be returning to play this season.

Check back for both weather and game updates throughout…

PHILLIES at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Thunderstorms, 75 degrees, Wind 14 mph RF to LF

STARTING LINEUPS
NATIONALS (67-89)
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Nyjer Morgan
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam Dunn

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  1. Feel Wood - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Given that it's the home team's call, and that the vast majority of ticket holders for tonight are fans of the visitors anyway, why wouldn't Kasten just say screw 'em and call tonight's game in favor of a day-night doubleheader tomorrow? It could be partial atonement for his part in the whole Opening Day debacle. And if people don't like it, what are they gonna do, fire him?

  2. Ernie - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    What's the best way to find out if the game is on? I'm stuck with a ticket anyway and would like to get down there to see Halladay. I can put up with some rain delays, but not really excited about the idea of heading all the way to the stadium to find out the game is off.If the team doesn't post any official notice, an update around 5:30 would be really helpful Mark. I would guess that's about the time most of us will decide whether it's worth heading out. Assuming it is postponed, thanks for suffering through what looks to be several hours of delays so that we don't have to…

  3. Steve M. - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Feel Wood, I love it/ Plus they can win the 1st game and get drunk celebrating clinching 1st place and let the Nats get some revenge in the 2nd part of the doubleheader!

  4. Section 222 - Sep 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    @Ernie — If you call the Nationals main number at 202-675-6287, then press 5, you get the Inclement Weather hotline. The Nats will post any official cancellation there. They don't make a prediction about whether the game might be canceled at a later time, but at least you can find out before you leave what the official status of the game is.

  5. DC Tom - Sep 27, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    If we truly want the Philly fans to have to suffer through the clincher, then by all means the call should be to PLAY THE GAME tonight.Make them start, make them warm up Halladay, and then make them take him out after a 1 hour rain delay in the 3rd inning. Make 'em toss out Vance Worley or Danys Baez or JC Romera for the middle innings…and then another rain delay…toy with them by keeping the game close…keep selling beers to the Philly faithful during each miserable, damp moment as they watch the scoreboard in the Braves-Marlins game…And, indeed, Stan, if in fact the Braves take a lead on the Marlins…make sure to show those replays on the scoreboard. During a rain delay, show the live feed of the Braves-Marlins only if the Braves are winning. All the way down to Billy Wagner closing out the game while the soaked Philly fans wait through a second mid-fifth inning rain delay.And then beat them tonight at about midnight.Repeat tomorrow.

  6. swang - Sep 27, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    +1 for DC Tom. That's an awesome plan.

  7. Ernie - Sep 27, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Thanks for the update Mark. I guess I'll try my luck.

  8. LoveDaNats - Sep 27, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    @DC TomFrom your lips (keyboard) to God's ears!

  9. JaneB - Sep 27, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    DC Tom: bingo. Yet another reason to hope the FO reads Mark. And this lower part too!

  10. BinM - Sep 27, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    @JaneB: I think the FO has been interested in the webblogs on the Nationals for a while; Otherwise, they wouldn't have offered press credentials to some of the authors this year.

  11. Sec3MySofa - Sep 27, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    @1a: Happy Bus likes DC Tom's planhttp://tinyurl.com/2f9tzh7

  12. Mr Donkey - Sep 27, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    At the game. Surprised that there are not more people here. For every loud Philly fan there are 10 seats without a nationals fan. That's the nationals fault not the other teams fans. Someday let it be us up north filling their park.

  13. JaneB - Sep 27, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Mr Donkey, thanks for taking one for the team and the rest of us, too. Count me as one of the guilty. I haven't used our seats to be there in person to stomach the Phillies fans since opening day. I'm planning to be there Wednesday but even now it makes me sick to think about. Good for John for sitting them down with only one hit.

  14. Smatt1001 - Sep 28, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    Looks like Lannan will continue his woes against the Phils tonight. Just pulled in the 5th after giving up two more runs to the Phils.

  15. Knoxville Nat - Sep 28, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Hey Mark, what is the rule about being hit by a pitch (Utley)? I thought a batter had to make an attempt to get out of the way of the pitch? Utley never seems to do that but instead always takes one for the team.

  16. CapPeterson - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    Knoxville,Maybe our guys should start emulating Mr. Utley. That was a critical AB.

  17. CBinDC - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    BTW…… Mark your 24th fact of the Nationals was very correct NOT ONE mention of the Nationals on any radio show today that I heard ……just mindless football talk

  18. Knoxville Nat - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    Cap,I don't disagree with you at all. It just gets under my skin that Utley gets away with that crap. And as you said at a critical point. Lannan got himself into trouble with the walk and the HBP but if the ump makes the call there maybe that inning plays out differently.

  19. Smatt1001 - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    Good lord talk about a ninth inning meltdown for the Nats.

  20. Michael J. Hayde - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Ah, well… I have tickets for Wednesday night. Now that the Phils have clinched, maybe their phans will stay the hell away.

  21. Doc - Sep 28, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Another good short stint for Ballystar! Gotta find some positive here, even if ever so small!

  22. Anonymous - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    But I think I would rather have seen Josh Wilike than Joe Bisensius ex Philly Phan pitcher.

  23. Anonymous - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    they say you reap what you sowwell, the Lerners planted some doo doo in the offseason with the "let the pitching come to us" strategy, and it's grown into an impressive pile of trash from Philadelphiathis is a disgrace for the organization

  24. CBinDC - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:12 AM

    You would think they don't want to come now that their bestest friend StanK has quit .

  25. Jimmy - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:36 AM

    Don't blame Stan! If the Washington fans bought tickets there would be no seats for Philly fans. Put the blame where it belongs, Washington doesn't have a large fan base. Also, it looks good, "GET YOUR RED ON!" You can't tell who are Nationals or Philly fans. We should be TRUE AND WEAR BLUE! They are and will always be our number 1 rival and we have to wear their colors. What a stupid organization!That's like the Redskins wearing Dallas' colors!

  26. raymitten - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:36 AM

    How many of those die hard near human Phillie fans would have sat in a rainstorm to watch their team if they only had 67 wins?

  27. CBinDC - Sep 28, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    I DO BLAME STAN …he created this situation STAN never wanted to understand this fan base it was easier to try and make some noise in other cities he had been visiting all these years with the Braves and sell those people …..those folks he understood ….we to him were ungrateful and complainers

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ATLANTA 75 74 10.5
MIAMI 72 76 13.0
NEW YORK 72 78 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 80 16.5
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