Nationals Magic Number will provide daily updates as the Washington Nationals try to win their division. Today’s magic number for the Nats to clinch the N.L. East: 17
What else is 17: That’s how old Bryce Harper was when the Nats drafted him in 2010. Harper’s been in the majors for three seasons now, so it’s easy to forget he’s still a kid compared to most Major League players. Fans would be advised to keep reminding themselves of that fact, so they can enjoy rooting for a guy who keeps getting himself thrown out on the basepaths, spouted off to the press about how the Nats’ manager uses the wrong players, and once nearly blinded himself while throwing a tantrum.
What happened yesterday: The Nats beat the Dodgers 8-5 in the longest game in team history—it lasted five hours and 34 minutes. Meanwhile, the second-place Braves won their game against the Phillies.
What’s happening today: Nothing. The Nats and the Braves both have the day off, so that number won’t get any more magic until at least Friday, when the Nats host the Phillies and the Braves take on the Marlins.