After being in a writing coma for the past few days – even with the NLCS starting, I didn’t want to admit the season was over – I figured it was finally time to start looking back at what was an amazing season for the Washington Nationals.
District on Deck will be taking a look at every player who had at least 1 inning pitched and 10 place appearances for the Nationals this season. There will be two players per day starting today with Xavier Nady and Chien-Ming Wang and ending in November with Gio Gonzalez and Ian Desmond.
Oct 12, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals players Stephen Strasburg (left) and Michael Morse (38) react after the final out of game five of the 2012 NLDS at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
As you can tell, we are going from the least successful players (by Fangraphs WAR) to most successful. This isn’t an experiment in which Nationals were the best, simply a way to get an order done.
The point of the review, mainly, will be to compare the players success (or lack there of) to their preseason predictions and how or why it was different. We will focus on some highs and lows and what the player meant to the team and the season most Nationals fans will never forget.
We are looking forward to looking back player by player at the Nationals best season, and by the time November comes, we will be in a good place to look forward as well. Of course, while these are going on we will still be talking about all the Nationals news there is to go over.
Enjoy the ride down memory lane.