Jordan Zimmermann. (Patrick McDermott / Getty Images)

Nine games remain in the Nationals season. They sit five games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the loss column in the second wild-card race. If they still hope to reach the playoffs, there is no room for error, and plenty of praying for opponents for collapse. Jordan Zimmermann (18-8, 3.33 ERA) starts for the Nationals and will be opposed by Jacob Turner (3-7, 3.51 ERA). Zimmermann sits at 18 wins with two more chances at 20 wins, including Friday night. The lineups are here. As always, discuss the game here.