The Washington Nationals hit the road to play the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game set with an NL East title within their sights.
For the Nationals, the foot is mainly off the pedal, as they've already clinched a postseason berth and have a magic number of five in the NL East with nine games remaining. A late-season run had the Phillies hopeful, but they're now 5.5 games back of the final NL Wild Card slot, which makes a comeback hypothetically possible but extremely unlikely considering how many teams are in between them and the postseason.
Tuesday night's season opener features a pair of impressive starters: Cole Hamels is obviously the Phillies' ace, having turned in his typical 15-6 record and 3.05 ERA this season. Ross Detwiler isn't the best starter the Nats have, but he's had a great season posting a 3.10 ERA and has only allowed two combined runs in his last two starts, winning his last three decisions.
3 game series vs Phillies @ Citizens Bank Park
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
Ross Detwiler vs Cole Hamels
Clear. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.
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The game will be available on MASN in Washington and Comcast Sports Net Phiadelphia in Philly.