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Entering Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Nationals have a winning record and aren't even 20 games into the 2013 season, but inconsistency from night to night has produced an underwhelming start for a team with big goals in mind.
Manager Davey Johnson wishes he had the answer to what could get his team going, back on the near 100-win pace they maintained last season, but he can tell you what is going wrong. Johnson thinks it may have to do with those very expectations created by their dominant 2012 season.
"If there was some elixir I could throw out there, I'd have already used it," Johnson said.
"There's a lot of times I think they are trying to do too much. I think some of the pitchers are trying to do too much. Maybe from everybody picking us as a candidate to win our division, everybody's trying to be a little better than they need to be instead of relaxing and going out there and doing what they're capable of doing."
The pitching staff is where Johnson says the team's biggest problems exist as he thinks the offense is, in general, holding up their end as well as he would expect.