2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in NL Central
Manager: Clint Hurdle, 5th season
Estimated 2015 payroll: $88 million
2014 record: 73-89, 5th place in NL East
Manager: Ryne Sandberg, 3rd season
Estimated 2015 payroll: $140 million
The Nationals, by all accounts, have been among baseball's best teams not only this season but particularly over the last month.
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of a demoralizing loss Friday night that cost Rafael Soriano the closer's job, for at least a little while, the Nation