"I was talking to [New York Yankees first baseman] Mark Teixeira last year about the guys he faces," Nationals reliever Matt Thornton said. "He said you don't have those fifth starters, long guys that come in and eat a game up, finish a game. They're not going to get two at-bats against a guy throwing 88 mph with mediocre offspeed stuff. Even the long guys are future starters that have plus arms and great stuff. It's a change in the game."