September 17, 2021

Nationals: Washington, D.C. Has Seen This Playoff Magic Before (Baseball Essential)

The 2019 Washington Nationals are a delight to behold. After starting the season 19-31 and 12 games behind the National League East division lead, the Nats got scorching hot and pulled off an improbable run that carried them to the NL Wild Card Game, behind the stellar play of the perennial underrated Anthony Rendon, the emerging superstar Juan Soto, and their electric starting pitching.

Finishing 93-69, Washington hosted and won the NL Wild Card Game after a three-RBI base hit by Soto in the eighth inning against Josh Hader and the Milwaukee Brewers. Moving on to the NL Division Series, Washington did the unthinkable, knocking off the 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers in an extra-innings Game 5 affair, thanks to a Howie Kendrick grand slam in the 10th frame.

Now, Washington sits just three wins away from clinching the first World Series championship in the history of the franchise, dating as far back as 1969 when the team played as the Montreal Expos. After dominating the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-0 sweep of the NL Championship Series, a World Series title is now a realistic possibility, after the mere thought of it was nearly incomprehensible in the offseason.

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