Baseball as it looks right now has a decent number of sure things considering it’s still August: The Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals would have to really mess up to miss the playoffs. The Dodgers have gone from big spenders to underdogs thanks to a historic rash of injuries.
Dusty Baker told reporters earlier this week that he didn’t necessarily think that Wilson Ramos was tired, though the Washington Nationals’ catcher’s bat had cooled off a bit in recent weeks. Baker gave the 29-year-old backstop a day off in the series finale with the Baltimore Orioles after Ramos went 5 for 39 (.128/.190/.231) with a double and a home run in nine games on the Nationals’ recently-completed road trip and the first of two with the O’s in D.C. “A day off would do everybody good,” Baker said when asked if he thought it would benefit Ramos. “But you don’t always get it. A day off would do me good. But guess what, I’ve got to go to work. We have to grind through this period and I’ll
Gio Gonzalez isn’t the type to harp on his accomplishments. After quality outings, he typically deflects praise to his Nationals teammates in postgame interviews when asked to describe his personal performance. But as much as he tends to downplay, earning his career 100th win in Friday's victory over the Colorado Rockies clearly meant something to him. “I’m just happy it came,” Gonzalez said. “I finally showed up and I’m happy I did it here with this organization. Oakland gave me an opportunity and Washington helped me continue that opportunity and I couldn’t be happier to do it with these colors and represent the Washington Nationals.” The feat came after two no-decisions in his previous two