The Nationals had known for some time their playoff chances were minimal. But when they finally were eliminated Monday, reality sunk it.
The Nationals arrived in St. Louis knowing they could face elimination if results played out a certain way here, and things did not break Washington's way.
Davey Johnson says Gio Gonzalez will start Sunday's season finale for the Nationals, with rookie Tanner Roark available out of the bullpen.
The Nationals open a 3-game series in St. Louis at Busch Stadium, which is still recovering from a college football game it hosted 48 hours ago.