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Davey Johnson's proclamation that he'd take the Nationals' pitching staff "over any staff in the league" — even the celebrated Phillies rotation — became fuel for an already burning fire of bravado that Johnson didn't shy away from all spring. His words now seem more prophetic than ever: The Nationals have the best pitching staff in baseball with a 3.25 ERA — 0.80 better than that of the Phillies.
The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets have played 38 innings in the last seven days. The scouting reports needed on the opposition, at this point, have become minimal.
Davey Johnson sat in front of an oversized red microphone late Friday night and looked as defeated as he has since he pulled a Curly 'W' windbreaker over his 69-year-old frame for the first time 13 months ago.
The Washington Nationals' bullpen has been nearly impenetrable for the first half of the season, but Sunday it left the door open at the most inopportune of times.
Michael Gonzalez was a member of the Washington Nationals for just more than two weeks when he got Ross Detwiler's ear in the bullpen. Detwiler had made four appearances out of the bullpen after Chien-Ming Wang had bumped him from the rotation, and he'd gotten mixed results.
Down at first base, Adam LaRoche serves as the Washington Nationals' welcoming committee to any runner who's able to reach. This year, he's greeted fewer than in the past, with the team's major league-best pitching staff giving up 114 fewer hits and 32 fewer walks than they had at this time last year.
Late Tuesday night, Washington Nationals bullpen coach Jim Lett looked to his left, and to his right, and saw only rows of empty chairs. In a 7-6, 12-inning win over the New York Mets that saw the Nationals empty their bullpen down to long reliever Ross Detwiler, Lett was a lonely man.