The Washington Nationals have clinched their first postseason berth in franchise history, and the time to start making crucial playoff-roster decisions is upon us.
Washington has had several players step up big this season. Bryce Harper has caught fire of late; Jayson Werth has enjoyed a nice bounce-back season; Ian Desmond has broken out; Adam LaRoche is enjoying arguably the finest season of his career; Gio Gonzalez leads the majors in victories; Jordan Zimmermann has become an almost-ace.
These guys will be asked to carry the load in October, but the remaining players on the roster will be nearly as important. The best October teams bring insane levels of depth to the table, and that's something that the Nationals have enjoyed all season long.
Manager Davey Johnson shouldn't have a difficult time naming 22 or 23 members of the playoff roster, but the final few spots in the bullpen or on the bench could prove to be difficult.