The Nationals have another chance to reach .500 for the season tonight, entering the second game of their series against the Mariners at 36-37. It would not mean a whole beyond the symbolic importance, and if the Nationals win it will be interesting to hear their perspective on that. There is this: the last time the Nationals were .500 at this point in the season or later was the final day of the 2005 season.
They will try to win behind John Lannan, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts. Their offense will receive another challenge against left-hander Erik Bedard, the former Oriole, who is 4-4 with a 3.16 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 77 innings.
As always, talk about the game right here.