Would anyone have guessed that the best performance by a Nationals starting pitcher in the NLDS would be by Ross Detwiler who didn't have a starting job when spring training started and had to earn a spot only to lose it and then regain it again? Detwiler's performance in an elimination game (game four) pushed the series to game five. Then there's the young Bryce Harper who was 1 for 18 before game 5 and on the biggest game of his career started with a triple and home run to help lead the Nats on their way. Not to mention all of the injuries and players that filled in various roles to help the Nats become the best team in baseball from Flores holding down the catcher spot after not playing for nearly two seasons to the emergence of Lombardozzi and Moore and the pinch hitting specialist Chad Tracy.
The future is bright for the Nationals and the future is now. No one had such high expectations from a team that's just two years removed from consecutive 100+ season losses. No one anticipated the surge of the Nats.
The Nationals went from being pesky gnats to NATS. The bar is now raised. The one thing these Nationals lacked was experience and now they have it. Barring season ending injuries next season, the Nationals have their ace back and have decisions to make about LaRoche (1B vs. Morse in LF and what to do in CF that could potentially move Harper to LF) and filling the Edwin Jackson slot in the rotation. Now DC fans have expectations of a winner in Washington and their Nationals and that's something to sing about in this offseason like the residents of Who-ville...so sing loud and sing hard and warm your hearts!These Nats are for real. These Nats exceeded expectations and these Nats will be back next season!