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Nats Manager Davey Johnson is resorting to the Dark Arts to formulate his lineup

The Nationals were so good last year, it's surprising that the team is only hovering around .500 for the season. You can count manager Davey Johnson among those who are surprised, and the stresses of being in the middle of the road are starting to get to him.

"I thought about just throwing a bunch of names in a hat and picking them out, but I'm not at that point yet," Johnson said. "My Ouija board is just, I'm having a problem with it. It seems like when we hit, we all hit, and when we don't, we don't hit. But everything is cyclical and we've been in that cycle for a long time."

So, the Ouija board is having some issues? That is totally fixable. Nats fans really need not worry about Johnson's use of the mystical arts in day-to-day operations of the team -- the training staff's employment of 'light as a feather, stiff as a board' clearly worked in bringing Bryce Harper back to health.

Yeah, yeah, I know he's just joking. But honestly, I kind of hope Johnson resorts to pulling names out of a hat -- there's a storied tradition of that working.

-- Dakota Gardner /

(h/t Big League Stew)

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