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Hours before Davey Johnson stood at home plate and exchanged his first Nationals lineup card with Angels manager Mike Scioscia, he mentioned that there was a lot of stress that came with managing a baseball team. Stress, though, was something he liked about the job.
The minute Davey Johnson put on a Washington Nationals uniform, he distinguished himself from the men who came before him for one main reason: He was a winner. That's not a subjective statement. Johnson is the first manager in Nationals history with a winning percentage better than .500.
When the final three pitches were thrown and Wilson Ramos squeezed each called strike from Drew Storen to Chone Figgins, there was no way to overstate what the Washington Nationals had just done.
Michael Morse has put a lot behind him this season. He's shed the label of bench player, and he's gotten past a slow start by making his bat invaluable to the Washington Nationals' lineup.
When Wilson Ramos strode to the plate Tuesday, it was just past 10 p.m. With two on, the Nationals trailing by two, two outs in the ninth and thunder rumbling in the distance, he told himself to wait on the changeup.
The Washington Nationals were without their best player, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, for 58 of their first 72 games. Their No. 5 hitter, first baseman Adam LaRoche, played 43 games and batted .172 with a torn shoulder muscle before having season-ending surgery. Their $126 million offseason acquisition, right fielder Jayson Werth, has 16 fewer RBI than their rookie second baseman, Danny Espinosa.
If most of the Washington Nationals couldn't recall their last six-game winning streak, it wouldn't be for lack of an apt memory. Only three members of their current 25-man roster were around, and played, the last time they reeled off that many.
When things were going bad, and the Washington Nationals' ineffective offense was a constant topic of conversation, there was no concrete way to explain why certain things weren't happening.
Of all of the unattractive stats that have marked the Washington Nationals offense this season, one of the most confounding was their inability to produce with runners in scoring position.