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08:16 AM ET 08.27 | Washington's losing streak hit four over the weekend, courtesy a 4-1 loss in Philadelphia. [The] tension that attends any playoff push is rising. After the final pitch, Johnson and General Manager Mike Rizzo conversed behind the closed door of Johnson's office for nearly 20 minutes, Johnson's shouts audible from the hallway outside. The yelling appeared to be the release of frustration after a dispiriting loss, not the start of a rift. Although it was not clear what the argument centered on, Johnson could be heard shouting, "You come down and manage the team." ... "I had a discussion with my boss," Johnson said later. The sweep in Philly inspired the Nationals' first recent brush with worry.

The Washington Post

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August 27, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Uh oh...

August 27, 2012  08:58 AM ET

It is a long season in baseball, there will be losing streaks, winning streaks, and injuries. The Nats still have a four and a half game lead in the division, never have been there this late in the season, enjoy the opportunity, and don't panic, and let it just play itself out.

August 27, 2012  09:10 AM ET

I wouldn't second guess Johnson. I would however second guess the GM in this case.

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August 27, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Much ado about not very much.

August 27, 2012  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It is a long season in baseball, there will be losing streaks, winning streaks, and injuries. The Nats still have a four and a half game lead in the division, never have been there this late in the season, enjoy the opportunity, and don't panic, and let it just play itself out.

I'm assuming they won't be shutting down Strasburg anytime soon.

August 27, 2012  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It is a long season in baseball, there will be losing streaks, winning streaks, and injuries. The Nats still have a four and a half game lead in the division, never have been there this late in the season, enjoy the opportunity, and don't panic, and let it just play itself out.

Agreed.

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August 27, 2012  11:12 AM ET

lose 25 in a row then you should start to worried about it,,, 4 games dumped to the waste it shouldn't be something to panicked at all,,,,,

August 27, 2012  11:13 AM ET

then again its better to lost games now to prevent any lack of knowledge in the right direction,,,,

August 27, 2012  11:14 AM ET

the angels had been the deepest dissappointed team from both leagues,,, the surprised team?? the A's!!!

August 27, 2012  11:15 AM ET

twins would like to get the nationals johnson as their manager,,,

August 27, 2012  11:16 AM ET

the dodgers may need to teak their management system,,, best players buyt still finding a way to lost the games,, can't understand this LA team,,,

August 27, 2012  11:17 AM ET

the orioles are trying to create some comotion in the east division,,, can that really happen???

August 27, 2012  11:18 AM ET

the red sox are telling to valentine and to their dissasemble team,, you either are with me or against me,,,

August 27, 2012  01:29 PM ET

::waits for alacran to comment again::

August 27, 2012  02:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

::waits for alacran to comment again::

HHAHA! Once he gets on a roll.... surprised he didn't quote himself this time

August 27, 2012  02:35 PM ET

Every team is going to have their ups and downs every season. Just ride the wave and don't panic.

August 27, 2012  02:39 PM ET

Some jitters from a young team playing more experienced inter-division rivals. As with the Yankee series in June, this should keep them from getting too cocky, and make them regroup. Nothing wrong here, just some growing pains. Don't know if they'll still be playing in October unless the rest of the rotation comes around though- JZ has had a rough year, and they'll need to find someone to step in for Strasburg. I hope they stick to their philosophy and limit his innings, no reason to jeopardize his career, let him come back 100% and be a contender for the next 7 or 8 years!

 
August 27, 2012  02:55 PM ET

Time for an epic collapse!

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