Remember when the Nationals were tortured losers in the postseason? Of course you do. That life persisted until Oct. 30, 2019.
And part of the misery were bad managerial decisions by a variety of managers. Three managers -- Davey Johnson, Matt Williams and Dusty Baker -- were in charge when the team turned from bottom-feeder to annual contender. Those managers all made curious decisions during postseason losses. So, we turn to the Nationals Supreme Court on the Nationals Talk podcast to look at the following list and rule which was the worst October call:
2012 -- In a tie game, Davey Johnson does not intentionally walk Pete Kozma in the ninth inning of NLDS Game 5, with first base open after Daniel Descalso stole second, and St. Louis closer Jason Motte up next. The Nationals end up losing.
2014 -- Matt Williams removes Jordan Zimmermann with two outs in the ninth inning, 100 pitches thrown and four baserunners allowed. Zimmermann had not allowed a hit since the third inning. Williams brings in Drew Storen to face Buster Posey. San Francisco ties the game before eventually winning it in 18 innings.
2014 -- Williams doesn’t bring Stephen Strasburg out of the bullpen in Game 4 of the NLDS in the seventh inning with the game tied. San Francisco scores the go-ahead run against Matt Thornton. The Nationals lose the game, 3-2, ending the series.
2017 -- Dusty Baker leaves Gio Gonzalez on the mound too long in Game 5. The Nationals’ lead shrinks from 4-0 to 4-3 before Gonzalez is finally yanked.
2017 -- Baker lets Max Scherzer face 10 batters in one of the craziest innings in postseason history. Four runs ended up scoring.
Those are the candidates. We had another 2-1 ruling, just like when the Jayson Werth contract was discussed. Take a listen below.
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