The Washington Nationals were the best team in baseball after 162 games of the regular season. They carried over their phenomenal and somewhat surprising regular season into the playoffs where they took Game 1 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals.
After dropping the next two, all seemed lost for the Nats until Jayson Werth single-handedly demanded a decisive Game 5. The Nationals 6-0 lead in the deciding game was not enough however when the Cardinals came roaring back to steal the game and advance to the NLCS.
Despite a fantastic comeback from the Cardinals, the Nationals have plenty of people to blame for their failure to advance to the next round. The Nats were one strike away, twice, from advancing to the NLCS.
Instead of preparing Nationals Park for an NLCS Game 1, the Nationals will find themselves cleaning out their lockers over the weekend.