The Washington Times - September 28, 2012, 04:39PM

ST. LOUIS — Edwin Jackson will find himself in something of a familiar spot on Friday night, if there can be a familiar place for someone who has bounced around as often as the Nationals’ right-hander has. But the last time he was on the field in St. Louis it was celebrating a World Series title with the Cardinals.

Now he’ll be on it attempting to shave the Nationals’ magic number to clinch the National League East down to two and keep them on a path toward what he hopes will be another title. Jackson went eight innings and allowed just one unearned run in his only other start against the Cardinals this season.


The Nationals would need just one Braves loss Friday or Saturday, and two wins of their own, for St. Louis to be the scene of the champagne celebration they’ve been waiting for on Saturday. A series sweep for the Nationals will do it too. They’ll try to get the first of those wins with a lineup choc-full of regulars, as I imagine it will be until the magic number is no longer part of the Nationals’ lexicon.

Adam Wainwright will go for the Cardinals, who have a magic number of four to clinch the second wild card spot. Last time he faced the Nationals it was ugly, a 2 2/3-inning performance in which he allowed six earned runs in a 10-0 Nationals victory.

Here are the full lineups behind Jackson and Wainwright:


Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Kurt Suzuki C
Edwin Jackson P


Jon Jay CF
Matt Carpenter 3B
Matt Holliday LF
Allen Craig 1B
Yadier Molina C
Carlos Beltran RF
Daniel Descalso 2B
Pete Kozma SS
Adam Wainwright P