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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: 12
What else is 12: Nats right fielder Jayson Werth saw 12 increasingly suspenseful pitches in his final at-bat of Game 4 of the 2012 National League Division Series before hitting the game-winning home run. This was indisputably the greatest moment in Washington Nationals history, and I still get actual chills when I hear the clip of the Nats’ radio announcers wishing for a home run right before it really happens. Now that people’s TVs have hundreds of channels, I don’t see why nobody has created one for the D.C. area that just shows Werth’s homer in an endless loop. I’d watch.
What happened yesterday: The Nats won their series opener against the second-place Braves, reducing their magic number by two. The highlight was probably starting pitcher Doug Fister‘s badass show of confidence when manager Matt Williams visited the mound in the seventh inning to decide whether to leave Fister in the game.
What’s happening today: The series continues tonight at Nationals Park at 7:05 p.m. The Nats have struggled against the Braves in recent years, so winning the series would go a long way toward deflating Atlanta’s hopes of competing for the division crown.