Monday, September 24, 2012

Johnson To Rest Starters

I'm not sure whether it was solid hitting, bad pitching, or the Nationals answering a statement made by their catcher, but, the Nationals offense looked something like that of a...dare I say it...a World Series baseball team.

For those wondering what exactly Davey Johnson said today, click here for a full report from CBS Sports.

Basically, Johnson said that as soon as the Nationals clinch the NL East, which is expected to happen later this week, that he will rest his regular every day starters until the playoffs. This comes as a bit of a shock as just a few weeks ago Johnson said that the starters won't get any rest simply because they don't want any.

But, I'm curious to know what the correlation is between Johnson's statement and the Nationals 12-run explosion today against the Brewers to split the four game series.

Six of the Nationals nine batters to start the game got at least one hit. Every single one of those nine reached base at least once. The Nationals drew seven walks and struckout just five times. As a team, the collected 14 hits and 10 RBI.

The Nationals offense came to life in the fourth inning when they put up six runs; including a three-run homer from Ryan Zimmerman. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki collected two RBI on a double.

Whether it was what Davey Johnson said or not, the Nationals proved that they still got on offense. Their historic offensive performance from a few weeks ago weren't just a fluke. They were for real and could happen anytime they want. Even Jordan Zimmermann collected two hits today.

The Nationals open up a six game road trip tomorrow when they head to Philadelphia to play the Phillies. Then they take trip to St. Louis for three games before returning home for their final series of the regular season against the Phillies.

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Source: CBS Sports