The Washington Nationals won 98 games in the regular season and finished with the best record in baseball. They now need two wins in a row to extend their season.
Learning the hard way that the first 162 games mean little once the postseason begins, the Nationals face elimination Thursday afternoon when they host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of their National League Division Series.
The defending World Series champion Cardinals put an 8-0 whooping on the Nationals Wednesday afternoon to a take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. And Washington is now forced to turn to young left-hander Ross Detwiler to keep their season alive.
"We are not out of this by a long shot," Nationals manager Davey Johnson told reporters after Game 3. "Shoot, I've had my back to worse walls than this, but I like my ball club and I think we'll come out and play a good game.
"We lost another battle, we got a couple more battles we need to win. And it comes from our pitching. Detwiler has certainly...