2013 record: 97-65, 1st place in NL Central
Manager: Mike Matheny, 3rd season
Estimated 2014 payroll: $109 million
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig for a game-ending obstruction call on Jon Jay's ninth-inning grounder, giving the St.
Jayson Werth has played like one of the best players in all of baseball since the month of July and has clearly been a central reason for the Nats' late season surge.
The top teams in the league have plenty of stars, but at this time of the year, some of the most important players on contending teams are the ones flying under the radar.