Washington manager Johnson would take Nats top 3 over Doc, Lee, Hamels

Washington is really trying hard to create a rivalry with the Philadelphia Phillies.

First they begin rounding up former members of the 2008 World Series team. Then they start a campaign to take back their ballpark but blocking ticket sales to people outside the D.C. area.

Now, manager Davey Johnson says that he would take his trio of Stephen Strasberg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmerman over the Phillies three aces.

“Their top three versus our top three, stuff-wise, we match up as good,” Johnson told the Post.

We’ll give him Strasberg, the next big pitching phenomenon in baseball. Gonzalez is grossly overrated and Zimmerman doesn’t even have a full season under his Major League belt.

Yes, those three compare to three Cy Youngs, a pair of playoff MVPs, a perfect game and a no-hitter.

Lee, like he usually does, shrugs his shoulders at any mention of the Nationals plans.

“He should (take them) because that’s his only option. It’s what he’s got to do.”

And in as far as the Take Back the Park campaign and Johnson’s words, Lee said:

“That’s another nothing thing for me. Whatever. They should try to get more fans to come out and support them. They should expect a lot out of their team. It’s normal stuff. He should think his pitchers are better than anyone. He should think all his position players are better than anyone else. He should think he’s got the best bullpen. If he doesn’t, what’s he thinking?”


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