Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has a lot riding on this evening's game against the Diamondbacks. The manager noted on Friday that he desires to finish his managerial career 300 games over .500, and if they win today he will be assured of it.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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Stephen Strasburg walked off the mound at Chase Field Friday night after seven innings and Davey Johnson reached out his hand. Strasburg clasped it, and as they shook Johnson told his right-hander his night was finished. His season, ended for no other reason than that there are only two games left to play, was over.
The Washington Nationals will close their 2013 campaign here at Chase Field on Sunday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. Who will start for them that day, however, remains a question mark.
The Washington Nationals will begin the first of their final three games of the season by resting Denard Span and Adam LaRoche against the left-handed Patrick Corbin Friday night in Arizona.
On the heels of Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announcing on Thursday that he would stick to his plan and retire in January 2015, Washington Nationals managing principal owner Ted Lerner issued a statement on Friday morning.
Wednesday, after Gio Gonzalez's strong seven-inning performance on Tuesday became a footnote in Michael Wacha's near no-hit bid, Johnson said that "Nothing's final yet," with regard to his rotation for the final series of the year.
Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound Wednesday afternoon in search of a benchmark. The Washington Nationals' right-hander will make his final start of the 2013 season with a chance to earn his 20th win.
On a mild September evening in Missouri, as lightning flashed in the distance and a crowd of 38,940 pulsed with every movement inside Busch Stadium, 22-year-old Michael Wacha came within one out -- within one Ryan Zimmerman infield single -- of no-hitting the Nationals in a 2-0 Cardinals victory.
Late Monday night, as the sting of elimination set in for the Washington Nationals, manager Davey Johnson tried to keep his focus on the next five games. He spoke of being a spoiler, of mucking things up for someone else -- particularly of trying to make it tougher for the St. Louis Cardinals to earn a division crown.
The Washington Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention Monday night when a perfect storm of events conspired against their dwindling hopes and closed the door on their late-season efforts to sneak into the postseason.
The Nationals tentatively set their starting rotation for the remainder of the regular season on Monday when manager Davey Johnson revealed the team will pitch Stephen Strasburg, Dan Haren and Gio Gonzalez this weekend in Arizona.
Jayson Werth is the only other player inside the Washington Nationals' clubhouse who knows who difficult it is to do what Ian Desmond has done the last two seasons. On Sunday night, Desmond, who had already hit 20 homers this year, stole his 20th base of the season, giving him back to back 20-homer, 20-stolen base seasons. He hit 25 homers and stole 21 bases in 2012.
It has been almost a calendar year since the Washington Nationals took up residence inside the visitors clubhouse at Busch Stadium. They were here just more than a year ago for the start of the National League Division Series, and they left with the series tied 1-1 and headed home.
The Washington Nationals gained a split by winning the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Miami Marlins, 5-4, when Wilson Ramos' ninth-inning grounder bounced off the leg of third baseman Chris Coghlan for a game-ending error that allowed pinch-runner Eury Perez to score.
When the Washington Nationals signed Dan Haren last December, both sides thought the 2013 season would go differently. But as the Nationals' season winds down, and their playoff hopes dwindle, the veteran right-hander had an interesting perspective when asked about the future for the Nationals.