If the Nationals are to once again capture the best record in the NL in 2015, one of the teams they will surely have to edge out is the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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.