For six months, they could stake claim to the title of "Best Team in Baseball." And after they won their first-ever postseason game Sunday afternoon, the Nationals had every reason to con
From April through September, there was no better team in baseball than the Nationals when it came to starting pitching.
Cardinals Game 3 starter Chris Carpenter earned a place in baseball history last year with his performance in the World Series and has an impressive playoff resume overall.
Though there was legitimate optimism surrounding the Nationals when this season began, it took some time before the city fully bought into the notion this team could win big in 2012.