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Bill Ladson

Williams working with staff on Nats' NLDS rotation

Williams working with staff on Nats' NLDS rotation

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Matt Williams has not decided what his rotation will be for the National League Division Series. But Williams and his staff are having dialogue about what could happen.

"There are going to be some really late nights in the next three or four days, but that's OK," Williams said.

After the regular season comes to an end, the Nationals will not play the first game of the NLDS until Friday, Oct. 3. The Nationals will have simulated games before the postseason starts, according to Williams, who wants his team to be as close to game speed as possible.

"You ought to stay sharp. Baseball is not like riding a bike, so rhythm and timing plays a huge part," Williams said. "So what we plan on doing is to get through the regular season and keep trying to work hard during those days to be prepared. There is nothing we can do about it. The schedule is the way it is. … You have to deal with it and do the best job that you can and keep the guys fresh and sharp."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.