10 Keys to the Nationals Making a Deep Playoff Run Without Strasburg

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10 Keys to the Nationals Making a Deep Playoff Run Without Strasburg
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The regular season has been one for the memories for the Washington Nationals and their fans. They are on pace to have the best record in baseball, as they have cruised to the best season in franchise history and officially clinched a playoff birth after Thursday nights victory.

As great as the season as been, it can all be lost in the blink of an eye in the postseason. 

If the Nationals do not produce in October, fingers will be pointed and blame will be placed as to why. The No. 1 reason will inevitably be the absence of their ace, Stephen Strasburg.

Since learning that Strasburg was going to be shut down for the rest of the season, the Nationals are 5-5. The absence of Strasburg now falls on the rest of the Nationals players as they try to make a run deep into the playoffs. 

It will not be easy, but with key contributions, the Nats might still be able to make a memorable run late into October.

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