National manager Davey Johnson plans to rest his starters once his team clinches the NL East. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has an idea on how to prepare his team for the playoffs. Rest them.
Johnson said he plans on resting his starters once his team clinches the National League East. The Nationals are already assured of at least a wild-card berth and have baseball's best record at 92-60.
“I really don’t give a rat’s ass what somebody thinks about my club and who I put on the field to either help somebody else or I’m not supposed to rest my regulars after we clinch it, I’m resting my regulars. End of conversation," Johnson told CSNWashington.com.
The magic number to clinch the division for the Nationals is six and the team is four and a half games up on the Atlanta Braves with 10 games to play.