Found February 20, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
Last year when writing this preseason piece about the Washington Nationals, I typed this: “Is it too ridiculous to say that this team could shock the world and win the National League East? I’m not so sure about that.” Sometimes it feels good to be right when we’re so often wrong. The Nationals set the National League East ablaze from the opening bell in 2012. Nobody won more regular season games than Washington’s 98 a season ago. They were balanced both home and away, going 50-31 in D.C. and 48-33 on the road. Their run differential of +137 was also baseball’s best. In the NL, only the Cincinnati Reds were stingier in terms of allowing runs than the Nationals. So where can a team like that go from here? It’s all about a repeat performance in the regular season and ramping up their game come playoff time. Having Stephen Strasburg in the mix for the whole season will certainly help solve that problem. Losing in the first round of the playoffs hasn’t been sitting well with a team as t...
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