Edwin Jackson and Others Make Washington Nationals Serious Contenders in 2012

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Edwin Jackson and Others Make Washington Nationals Serious Contenders in 2012
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Pitching is the key to playing into October.

There is no secret there.  If a team lacks pitching depth and stability, they're not going to sniff the big dance.  This winter, the Washington Nationals are taking big steps to prove their worth in the NL East by bolstering their starting rotation.

The recent acquisition of Edwin Jackson just may have been the piece to help make them a pitching powerhouse. In a division with no shortage of arms or superstars, the Nationals hope to build on their 80-81 2011 season.

Let's have a look at the bullets they have loaded in the chamber heading into the 2012 campaign.

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