The Washington Nationals earned win No. 88 on the season Tuesday night against the New York Mets and moved yet another game closer to clinching the National League East with the come-from-behind 5-3 victory.
But if there was anything at all to be gleaned from starter Jordan Zimmermann's 29th outing, it's that Washington's seemingly inevitable first division title may well end up representing the peak of its season, rather than the start of something special.
One night after Gio Gonzalez became the majors' first 19-game winner, the right-hander Zimmermann took the mound at Citi Field and, once again, reminded fans why Washington, without the services of recently shelved ace Stephen Strasburg, may not have staying power once the playoffs roll around.
It's not that Zimmermann was bad against the offensively inept Mets, who were held to three or fewer runs for the 12th straight home game. Zimmermann, who's had a career year, threw five innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits ...