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  W: J. Ross (4-4)   L: M. Clevinger (13-4)
12:05 PM PT1:05 PM MT2:05 PM CT3:05 PM ET15:05 ET19:05 GMT3:05 12:05 PM MST2:05 PM EST2:35 PM VEN23:05 UAE2:05 PM CT, September 29, 2019
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 36,764

With home field for wild card clinched, Nats can rest in finale

According to STATS
According to STATS

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 finally rest Sunday.

At least some of the regulars can. And for just one game.

After winning seven straight games in a week of must-win games, the Nationals (92-69) clinched home field in Tuesday night's National League wild-card game with a 10-6 win over the Indians on Saturday.

Now the Nationals can finally take a breath and rest some regulars as they wait to see whether they'll be welcoming the Milwaukee Brewers or St. Louis Cardinals to Nationals Park.

"Obviously, we would like to play here other than anywhere else," veteran first baseman Ryan Zimmerman told reporters Saturday. "We're just happy to be in and at this point. We're going to have to win games everywhere in all situations. (We're) obviously really happy and excited to play here, but at the end of the day, we're going to have to win everywhere."

The Indians (93-68) were eliminated from American League wild-card contention on Friday night and will be looking to avoid ending the season with a fifth straight loss.

Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger (13-3, 2.39 ERA) is slated to oppose right-hander Joe Ross (3-4, 5.90) in the finale.

The 28-year-old Clevinger, who missed two months early on with a lower back strain, sports a 1.76 ERA dating back to the start of July. He's pitched 13 innings over his past two starts without allowing a run. His last time out Tuesday he threw seven scoreless innings in an 11-0 win over the Chicago White Sox, allowing five hits while striking out 10 with one walk.

It's also possible that Clevinger won't make the start given Cleveland's elimination.

"If he came to us and said that maybe it would be good for him not to (start), we'd certainly honor that," manager Terry Francona told reporters before Saturday's game. "But to this point he probably wants to pitch. We'd probably keep a little bit of a leash on him. Carl (Willis, pitching coach) is going to talk to him."

Ross has posted a 2.97 ERA over his last seven starts. On Tuesday, he gave up a run on five hits over four innings in a 4-1 Nationals win.

On Saturday, Gerardo Parra's grand slam capped a nine-run second inning in the clincher for Washington. The Nationals collected 11 hits and five walks. Starter Patrick Corbin, staked to a 9-0 lead, lasted only 4 1/3 innings, however, as he surrendered six runs on seven hits.

Daniel Hudson (9-3) was credited with the win as Washington relievers allowed one run over 4 2/3 innings.

"We've been playing really great baseball," Corbin told reporters after the game. "Offense came out today hot, and the bullpen came in and did their job, too. We're hot at the right time, and hopefully guys can get some rest here the next couple days and be ready to go Tuesday at home."

Jordan Luplow homered twice for Cleveland. Eric Haase and Franmil Reyes also homered for the Indians, who set a team record for home runs in a season with 222.

"Luplow, since he's come back (from Triple-A Columbus on April 28), has been a middle-of-the-order presence against left-handed pitching," Francona told reporters. "Does that grow into more? Who knows, but what he does for us is really important."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 29, 2019

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