Found November 07, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
The Nationals were a popular pick among many to win the World Series this season, but the team buckled under such heavy expectations. Washington emerged as a surprise contender in 2012, making the jump at least one year sooner than general manager Mike Rizzo may have projected. But the Nats never lived up to being a World Series favorite, failing to fulfill expectations early in the season. Bringing in first-time manager Matt Williams could bring a spark to a team that seemed to become lethargic under Davey Johnson. An 18-9 record in September — which almost put them in wild-card contention — reminded everyone what the Nats were capable of and provides something to build on for next season.  Needs The Nationals don't appear to need much, which is what makes this past season so frustrating. But if there's one area Rizzo will likely focus on, it's the starting rotation. Obviously, the top three is outstanding with Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann...
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