Following a record-setting season last year that saw the Nationals finish first in the NL East and advance to the playoffs for the first time since relocating to the nation's capital, their time to contend has arrived.
As many Nationals fans know and want to forget, last season came to a screeching halt in the National League Divisional Series. A crushing Game 5 defeat handed to them by the St. Louis Cardinals will certainly serve as motivation as the Nationals work to get to and win the World Series in 2013.
With a few key additions this offseason, expectations are at an all-time high for the organization, which seemingly has a World Series-or-bust mentality. The respective pieces of the puzzle are now in place to make a legitimate run at a title. It's been a long time coming, but the following five reasons outline why this is the year for the Washington Nationals.