The Washington Nationals are running out of time to make noise in 2012, but fans should not be discouraged. This team is going to be making noise for years to come, despite the bump in the road this season.
The Nationals have a team that is certainly capable of challenging for the NL pennant every season, but they simply could not get things together in time this season. That does not mean that next year, or the year after that, will play out as it has this season.
Adversely, things are actually looking up for the Nationals going into next season, especially if they can land the biggest free agent on the market, Robinson Cano.