Once darlings of the baseball world, the Nationals may have fallen out of favor with the national media.
It's not often the MLB offseason brings as much excitement as this one has in such short time. It hasn't even been six weeks since the Red Sox beat the Cardinals in the World Series on Oct.
CINCINNATI REDS (90-72) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (94-68)
A full generation of baseball fans has grown up without watching the Pittsburgh Pirates reach the playoffs -- but barring a truly epic collapse, that should change in just a couple of months.