Stop me if you've heard the beginning to this story before.
A team steeped in a history of failure starts the season on a blistering tear by beating discernibly weak teams, and steadily constructs a gaudy record that is largely smoke and mirrors.
At this point, every Pittsburgh Pirate fan is shaking their head in disgusted acknowledgement. They watched as their team actually led the National League Central after 100 games. But then, according to Elias Sports Bureau, suffered the worst record in their last 62 games of any team who led their division after 100 games, finishing at a typical Pittsburgh-ian 72-90.
Now, you might reasonably argue that these same Washington Nationals will bow to the same fate. After all, their 6-2 record thus far was crafted in large part thanks to victories over the hapless Cubs and Mets. That has to be the reason why they'll eventually fall off, right? You can't seriously claim the Washington Nationals will compete with the Phillies, Braves and the Castro-loving Marlins (sorry, couldn't resist) are you?
However, as the incomparable Lee Corso might say, not so fast my friends!
These Nats are for real.
Here are four reasons why the team formerly known as the Expos will have a breakout year and sustain their current success.