They've lost more than half their starting lineup to injuries at various points over the last two months. Their star-studded rotation has been decidedly average to date. And they've been among the worst defensive clubs in baseball.
So how have the Nationals managed to go 23-20 over the season's first seven weeks, leaving themselves a half-game out of first place in the NL East entering tonight's series opener against the Reds?
Credit their bullpen, which has been nothing short of dominant.