- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 28, 2017

Game 162 is in sight. 

The Washington Nationals begin a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday — the last of the regular season.

Admittedly, there isn’t much to play for. The Nationals found out their postseason opponent late Wednesday when the Chicago Cubs clinched the National League Central in St. Louis. 

The Pirates are 73-85 this season and are 2-1 agains the Nationals.

Nationals player to watch: Brian Goodwin

Goodwin is not on the Nationals’ roster on the moment, but he is rehabbing in Florida and could be back for the NLDS. The outfielder has been out since Aug. 14 with a groin injury and reportedly had a setback, which led to the Nationals promoting prospect Victor Robles to the roster.

But according to multiple reports, Goodwin has shown progress in recent days and Nationals manager Dusty Baker told reporters Goodwin “appears to be on target” for a playoff return. 

Before his injury, Goodwin was batting .251 and emerged as a reliable option in the Nationals’ outfield while Michael A. Taylor and Jayson Werth were dealing with injuries. 

Keep an eye on whether Goodwin is activated for the playoffs. 

Pitching matchups: 

Thursday: Ivan Nova vs. Edwin Jackson 

Friday: Garrett Cole vs. Stephen Strasburg

Saturday: Jameson Taillon vs. Max Scherzer

Sunday: TBA vs. Gio Gonzalez

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