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  W: D. Hudson (3-0)   L: A. Plutko (7-5)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 PM CT, September 28, 2019
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 38,435

Nats host Indians looking to clinch top NL wild card

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Cleveland Indians at Washington Nationals

  1. The Indians lost two of three games against the White Sox to fall two games behind the Rays for the second AL Wild Card spot. The team that finishes the season in third place in the AL Wild Card race is guaranteed to have the most wins of any team to miss the playoffs under the current Wild Card format (since 2013).
  2. The Nationals and the Brewers have clinched the two NL Wild Card spots. Washington has a one game edge over Milwaukee for home field advantage in the Wild Card game; the Brewers end their season with three games against the Rockies at Coors Field.
  3. Juan Soto, 20, has 34 home runs and a .401 on-base percentage on the season. Soto can become the fourth player all-time with 30+ home runs and a .400+ on-base percentage in his age 20-season. The three players that have done so are Mel Ott (1929), Ted Williams (1939) and Alex Rodriguez (1996).
  4. In three games since returning from hand surgery, Jose Ramirez has three home runs and eight RBI. Ramirez owns a .327/.365/.739 slash line in 44 games since the All-Star break; his slugging percentage leads the majors over that time (min. 150 PA).
  5. Washington's starting pitching has accumulated 989 strikeouts this season to lead the NL. The all-time mark for most strikeouts by any NL starting pitching staff in a season is 1012 by the 2017 Nationals.
  6. Since the All-Star break, Cleveland leads the majors with a 3.13 ERA from its starting pitching staff. Over this time, Indians starting pitching has logged 419.2 innings, the most of any team in MLB
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/27/2019 thru 9/29/2019

The Washington Nationals can clinch home-field advantage for the National League wild-card game when they host the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

The Nationals improved to 91-69 with an 8-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday. Their magic number to clinch home field against the Brewers (89-71) or the Cardinals (90-69) is down to one after Milwaukee's loss to Colorado on Friday night.

Washington is rolling through the final week of the season, having won six straight and eight of nine.

"I trust this team a lot," Nationals infielder Asdrubal Cabrera told MASN.com after his pinch-hit double keyed a five-run sixth inning Friday night. "We've been playing really good all year, (so) this doesn't surprise me. We've got the team to do what we're doing right now."

Cleveland's playoff chase came to an end on Friday night, when the Indians (93-67) dropped their third straight game and Tampa Bay (96-64) locked up the second American League wild-card spot with a 6-2 win at Toronto.

The Indians were outscored 24-5 over the past three games.

"It's been a tough three days for some guys," manager Terry Francona said. "You win and lose as a group, and I'll always feel that way. We leaned on those guys heavy, and I think they're probably dragging. ... They're about out of gas."

Washington manager Dave Martinez said Max Scherzer will start the Tuesday night wild-card game. Among those available out of the bullpen will be Stephen Strasburg and Saturday's starter, left-hander Patrick Corbin (14-7, 3.05 ERA).

Corbin is 4-1 in his past five starts and 5-2 in his past seven. On Monday, he gave up one run over six innings in a win over the Philadelphia Phillies. He has pitched to a 1.97 ERA at Nationals Park this season, allowing two or fewer runs in 13 of 15 home starts.

Corbin threw six scoreless innings for a win in his only career start against Cleveland, in 2017.

Indians right-hander Adam Plutko (7-4, 4.25) will be making his second straight interleague start. He allowed one run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Phillies.

Gerardo Parra had three hits including a home run and drove in four runs in the Nationals' win on Friday night. Parra had a solo homer, a two-run double and a sacrifice fly. He is 4-for-6 in his past two games after enduring a 3-for-49 slump.

"I want to get him going, because he's going to have a big at-bat in this postseason," Martinez said, according to MLB.com. "And I know he will. We have to get all these guys going."

Trea Turner's two-run homer capped a five-run sixth inning for Washington on Friday.

Washington rookie starter Austin Voth (2-1) allowed two runs on two hits over six innings, striking out five without a walk. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (right elbow inflammation) made his first start in more than two weeks and went 1-for-3 with two runs.

The Indians rallied to tie the game at 2-2 but ultimately managed only three hits.

"We did the best we could, and unfortunately we didn't produce towards the last three games," Cleveland's Oscar Mercado said. "I can't give you an exact reason. I think it just happens. It's the way things go. You have to accept it and move on."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 28, 2019

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