2014 record: 94-68, 1st place in NL West
Manager: Don Mattingly, 5th season
Estimated 2015 payroll: $264 million
Though Max Scherzer's contract includes a signing bonus and deferred money, the final total counting against the Nats' payroll comes in at seven years and $210 million.
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: This was supposed to be a big-time pitchers' duel between two of the NL's best right-handers: Zack Greinke and Jordan Zimmermann.