Jim Duquette understands the backlash the Washington Nationals faced for shutting down Stephen Strasburg, but the former general manager of the Mets supports the decision. He discussed the Nats' chances to win the World Series without its ace.

Can the Nationals win a World Series without Strasburg?

Duquette »

"Yes, I have the Nats and the Giants in the National League Championship series. Winning a World Series comes down to quality starting pitching, which both teams have, and depth. The Nationals have proven many times this season that they can win without a star player. They started the season without Drew Storen and Michael Morse and won. They lost Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth for extended periods of time and just kept winning. Manager Davey Johnson has to be a prime candidate for National League Manager of the Year because of his fine work, and executive of the year should go to Mike Rizzo for the way he built this team. It is time people realize the Nationals are a great team even without Stephen Strasburg."

Are the Nationals going in the right direction as an organization?

Duquette » "We are watching the start of a winning franchise. They have a solid team that is young, great management and dedicated ownership that is not afraid to spend money. Washington has established themselves as a legitimate World Series contender for years to come."

- Jim Williams

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Check out his blog, Watch this!, on washingtonexaminer.com.