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Washington Nationals Postseason Outlook

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The Washington Nationals are currently sitting in first place in the NL East. Leading the Atlanta Braves by 7 1/2 games, the Nats hold a record of 83-52.

With only 27 games left in the regular season and their magic number sitting at 20, the Nats have a solid chance at taking their turn at what October has to hold for successful baseball teams.

All-time Postseason Record:

In short, the Nats are 0-0 overall in the playoffs. Since moving from Montreal in 2005, the Washington Nationals have yet to reach the postseason. However, by the looks of things, the Nats are in a great position to reach the postseason for the first time in their eighth season.

On the other hand, if you look at the team prior to the Washington years, the Expos did make the playoffs one season. You will have to go back all the way to 1981 when they were knocked out of the NLCS by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Year-by-year Results:

The National League East has not fared well for the Nationals in the past. For the first six seasons in Washington, the Nats finished in the basement all six seasons. The seventh season would be a success, finishing third out of five teams in the East. The 2012 season looks to be their year after finally filling some much-needed holes in their roster.

Memorable Season Moments:

Nationals fans can go straight to the call-up of rookie phenom Bryce Harper for instant satisfaction. The 2012 season has been stellar for the rookie, displaying a spark in the game that even excites old-school manager Davey Johnson. No one can forget the evening when Bryce Harper was beaned by a pitch, only to later hustle his way to third from first on a bloop hit. He ultimately stole home, off of the same pitcher who beaned him.

With the added productive pitching staff, the ingredients for success is set perfectly in place. With that being said, and with all fingers crossed, the most memorable moment will be the game when the Washington Nationals seal the deal and lock up their first-ever National League East title.

Stadium:

Nationals Park is one of the finest "new" ballparks in all of professional baseball. It is located just south of the Nation's Capital. Opening in the 2008 season, the $600 million stadium redefines modern sports complexes.

Quick facts: majority of the seating is street level.

Legends (in the making):

Bryce Harper

Stephen Strasburg

Ryan Zimmerman

Jayson Werth

Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez (retired)

D. Emile Delaney has followed the Nationals ever since moving from Montreal in 2005. Seeing managers come and go, players come and go and feeling the pain from all those seasons in the slammer, this season takes on a whole other satisfaction watching the Nationals organization finally turn things around.

Sources:

Baseball-Reference

Washington.Nationals.mlb.com

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