"For me, this is a very important year," Ramos said. "I remember in 2012 I was on the bench for the playoffs. It's totally different this year. I want to help the team to make the playoffs. That's the reason I'm working hard, I want to play this year in the postseason and not be on the bench."
The Nationals have chance to clinch the division title as early as this Tuesday against the Braves in Atlanta.
"That's the team we have to beat," Ramos said. "We have to compete against those guys and try to win every time we play against them. They are in second place. We have to win, especially against that team."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.