The Nationals have been eliminated from the playoff race, but now they'll try to prevent the Cardinals from winning the NL Central title. Get live updates on Nats Insider.
How much did injuries to Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos prevent the Nationals from making the playoffs this year? Quite a bit.
The Nationals had known for some time their playoff chances were minimal. But when they finally were eliminated Monday, reality sunk it.
The Nationals arrived in St. Louis knowing they could face elimination if results played out a certain way here, and things did not break Washington's way.