Nats Prepare For Game 162, The Regular Season Finale

I don't know about you, but today's regular season finale snuck up on me a bit. Between the push to the postseason and the subsequent push for the National League East title, it's hard to believe game 162 has arrived for the Washington Nationals. For the first time in the team's history, I won't have to start writing offseason pieces yet, because there is still baseball to be played. With a Nats win today, they will earn their 98th win of the season and lock in the number one seed on the NL side of the bracket. They would also accomplish that with a Cincinnati Reds loss tonight.

People expected this to be a big series between the Nats and Philadelphia Phillies early on, but because the two teams would be competing in the division. Instead, the Phillies only could try to play spoilers as the Nats won the division title that the Philadelphia ballclub held for the previous five seasons. Nationals Park is far less overrun with Phillies fans these days as people come out to ignite their Natitude.

Here are the lineups for today's season ending game, but don't worry. There are more games to come in NatsTown. On that note, some limited standing room only NL Division Series tickets will  be available starting at 4 pm today at nationals.com/postseason.

Philadelphia Phillies (81-80)

  1. Juan Pierre – LF
  2. Kevin Frandsen – 3B
  3. Chase Utley – 2B
  4. Carlos Ruis – C
  5. Domonic Brown – RF
  6. Darin Ruf – 1B
  7. Nate Schierholtz – CF
  8. Michael Marinez – SS
  9. Cliff Lee – LHP – (6-8, 3.12 ERA)

Washington Nationals (97-64)

  1. Jayson Werth – CF
  2. Mark DeRosa – RF
  3. Ryan Zimmerman – 3B
  4. Michael Morse – LF
  5. Tyler Moore – 1B
  6. Ian Desmond – SS
  7. Danny Espinosa – 2B
  8. Jesus Flores – C
  9. Edwin Jackson – RHP – (9-11, 4.13 ERA)
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Joe is the Managing Editor of The Nats Blog and host of the Nats Talk On The Go podcast. He's been blogging about the Nationals since 2010 and with The Nats Blog since 2011.