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Game 161: Phillies at Nats

Oct 2, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Tom Gorzelanny starts tonight for the Nationals, if weather permits.

Now that his Nationals have clinched the NL East, Davey Johnson can begin aligning his rotation for the NLDS against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. The manager has said for several days he'd like to start Gio Gonzalez in Game 1. That wouldn't be an issue if Game 1 takes place Sunday (ie. if the Nationals are the No. 1 seed playing at the Wild Card winner) because Gonzalez could start tonight and remain on normal rest.

But if the Nationals end up as the No. 2 seed, they'd open on Saturday in San Francisco, and Gonzalez would need to pitch on short rest. Thus, Johnson has decided not to start the 21-game winner tonight against the Phillies. Instead, it'll be fellow lefty Tom Gorzelanny, making his first start since July 23, 2011.

The Phillies' starter tonight is Johnny Wholestaff. He's got the incredible ability to pitch both right- and left-handed and pitch all nine innings (or more if necessary). Should be a doozy.

This, of course, is all contingent upon the weather holding up. It's not raining at the moment, and the forecast calls for a 10 percent chance of precipitation at 7 p.m., then climbing to 60 percent at 9 p.m. In other words, anybody with a bat in his hands better be swinging at the first pitch he sees to keep this game moving and make sure it becomes official before the heavy stuff hits.

Updates to come…

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Chance of showers, 75 degrees, Wind 7 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (96-64)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
CF Bryce Harper
LF Tyler Moore
1B Adam LaRoche

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211 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Section 3, My 1st Place Sofa - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    That's why Eury is a pinch-runner.

  2. MicheleS - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    JayB is probabbly at the game and hopefully enjoying a good goon squad game. Seriously, he is probably loving this.

  3. Swift Eagle - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Frandsen OUT!

  4. MicheleS - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    DRUUUUU.. gosh it is so good to see him back in the 9th inning.

  5. Gonat - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Yankees with an Ibanez 2 run homer to tie their game in the 9th

  6. Gonat - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    FP and Bob definitely read NI

  7. MicheleS - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO #97!! This is Freakin Awesome!

  8. Joe Seamhead - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Hey, After the talk of DeRosa and the bench it made me think about him, and that I haven't heard from him in a while. I didn't mean to poke, I really was wondering if he is as impressed as the rest of us!Great job by Drew!

  9. Secret wasian man - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Yanks. Ughhh. Gotta say I watch the os even though I don't like. There announcers don't give Nats the same luv our guys give to the. That's why I'm 30 minutes from bmore but am a DIEHARD. Washington fan. GO NATS?

  10. natsfan1a - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Um, Candy-gram for Mr. Rosenberg.mick said… BJ Rosenberg… your that shark I know it the Shark… no, I'm a dolphin now open the door BJ: a dolphin, whew, well OK AHHHHHH lol October 02, 2012 8:19 PM

  11. natsfan1a - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Eh, just scrolled down further and saw that Rick had it. Great minds and all that.

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