The Washington Nationals have endured a lot through the first five weeks of the season, and despite it all, they find themselves over .500 and contending in the National League East.
They have weathered Ryan Zimmerman's troubles, Stephen Strasburg's 1-4 record and a losing month of April.
Despite it all, they are well in line to make things interesting in the NL East.
The Nats are in good position so far, but is this team destined to make a run deep in to the playoffs this season?
Let's take a look at why the Nationals are the NL's team of destiny this season.