Their blown lead in Game of the NLDS prevented the Nationals from advancing in the postseason. But if they had, there's ample reason to believe they would have beaten the Giants and captured the NL pennant.
Drew Storen and the Nationals bullpen were great all season, but they'll enter 2013 with the memory of their Game 5 meltdown still fresh.
In a sitdown with CSN Houston, Porter gave some insight into how he was hired by the Astros in the middle of a pennant race with the Nats.
With Stephen Strasburg unfettered at last, the Nationals should enter 2013 with a powerhouse rotation, though they'll need to find a new No. 5 starter.