It was never designed to happen. It just developed organically, with Jose Lobaton becoming the equivalent of Gio Gonzalez's personal catcher over the course of the summer.
Stephen Strasburg has quite easily been the Nationals' best pitcher over the last few weeks since he returned from the disabled list on Aug.
There was no shortage of tangible evidence Tuesday night what the Nationals' lineup is capable of doing now that it is complete for the first time all season.
With Denard Span ready to rejoin the team after an extended stint on the disabled list, the Nationals have optioned reliever Tanner Roark to Single-A Potomac.