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The Nationals are a team that hasn't really done anything of note since moving from Montreal and getting rid of the Expos.
This season, they are in the driver's seat for a playoff spot to this point, and if they continue playing the way they have, they will end up with their first NL East division title.
However, with new success comes new pressures.
The biggest asset this team has is youth. However, that can also be a weakness. If management feels they are too young, they could very easily want to make a move for some more veteran leadership in the clubhouse, sacrificing young talent in the process.
This would be a catastrophic mistake for them. While it may not yield a division title or a World Series ring this season, the core of this team is built to succeed in the long run, and it is already paying off.
The Nationals may not be the favorite to win it all this year, but don't be surprised if we're talking about that being the case in the not-so-distant future.
The only thing that can derail that is impatience. The Nationals management needs to be patient with this squad and know that if they can keep their key pieces together, they will go far in the future.