Washington Nationals: Why They Will Repeat as NL East Champs

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Washington Nationals: Why They Will Repeat as NL East Champs
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For Bryce Harper and the Nationals, the future is now.

A year after the Washington Nationals had a major league best 98 wins, they’ve only gotten better.

There wasn’t much reconstruction needed, so the Nationals tweaked the roster a little bit and added the pieces that make them NL East favorites. 

A young team from top to bottom, expectations are sky high. 

The division, however, is going to be extremely competitive. The Atlanta Braves have improved this offseason, and the Philadelphia Phillies have gotten healthy. 

After being upset in Game 5 of the NLDS by the St. Louis Cardinals, the Nationals are hungry. 

They have the makeup of a winning team. From pitching to offense, there aren’t many holes.

Building on the successes of last season, here’s why the Nats will repeat as NL East champions.

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