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Nationals Magic Number provides daily updates as the Washington Nationals try to win their division. Today’s magic number for the Nats to clinch the N.L. East: 0
What else is 0: That’s officially the percentage chance that the Braves will win the N.L. East division this year. Doesn’t that sound nice? Same goes for the Marlins, Mets, and Phillies. Zero is also the number of playoff appearances Nats pitcher Stephen Strasburg has made in his career—a number we’ll get to see rise next month. Zero is how many Nats players were selected for the All-Star Game this year above the minimum (even the worst teams get one representative), an omission that is getting more glaring as this season goes on. Zero is the pitiful number of runs the Braves scored in a home game that was their last opportunity to stay in the division race. But let’s not get too excited about just winning the division: Zero is also the number of playoff series that the Nats have won in their history so far.
What happened yesterday: The Nats shut out the Braves, clinched the division championship, and poured great volumes of alcohol on one another.
What’s happening today: As the Nats players recover from their hangovers, many starters are likely to rest during their series finale with the Braves, which starts at 7:10 p.m. in Atlanta.