The Nationals could officially clinch a playoff spot this weekend, the franchise's first since 1981 and Washington's first since 1933. Given the postseason drought of the organization and the city, and the team's dominant run through a division they weren't expected to win, one would assume that will turn into a moment of celebration, right? Not so much, according to manager Davey Johnson.
"It's not a big moment. It's a nice moment, but it's not a big moment," Johnson said. "The additional Wild Card, to me, just put more of a burden on the manager because nobody wants that one. The one-game playoff to get in -- the other format, if you were the Wild Card, you're in the playoffs. So, clinching a one-game playoff doesn't have any appeal at all to me."
Johnson reiterated that he has no plans to shuffle or reorder his rotation the rest of the season. The only time Johnson tinkered with his starters was in an effort to give Jordan Zimmermann, dealing with shoulder soreness at the time, an extra day of rest.
"I haven't skipped a fifth starter. I haven't done anything," Johnson said. "That one time, I did that little change in the rotation."
The Nationals' next win will be their 90th of the season, and it will give Washington its first 90-win club since the 1933 Senators won 99 games.