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Open Thread...8/27 Nationals vs Dodgers Game 1 of 3

Game one of three at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA features:

Mike Bacsik (5-7, 4.61) vs Derek Lowe (10-11, 3.47)

     Game one of three in Los Angeles starts at 10:00 est, with the Washington Nationals, the NL East's fourth place team coming to town to take on the NL West's fourth place Dodgers.

     "Hollywood" Mike Bacsik, the Nationals Most Famous Pitcher, was the starting pitcher in a 5-0 Nationals loss to the Dodgers this past May in DC, a start in which Bacsik lasted six innings, and gave up 6 hits, 4 runs, 1 HR, and took the loss. In his career, Bacsik's (0-2) against the Dodgers, and he's making his second start since a short two-game stint in the bullpen for the Nationals.

     Derek Lowe, who made his name with the Cuss-Busting 2004 Red Sox, has faced the Nationals 3 times as a starter and is (3-0) in nine appearances against the franchise, including 3 saves. The Nationals have 24 hits in 26.2 innings against Lowe, 9 runs, 1 HR. Lowe hasn't been so good at home in LA this season. (4-5) in 12 appearances, Lowe's allowed 73 hits in 69.2 innings, 28 ER, 5 HR's and 18 walks.

     Dmitri Young's got the best Career numbers against Lowe, going 6 for 21 with a double and a home run for a .286 AVG. DY was 4 for 4 in his last game against the Dodgers with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. (And DY's still hitting .333!!)

     The Nationals look to break a three game losing streak against a Dodger team that is 6.5 games out in the West and only 3.5 out of the Wild Card. One team with something to play for, one team with something to prove. I predict a big Nationals win, but as the great Vin Scully's once said, "You don't know [anything] about this game."

Anyone watching?...

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