Sep 16, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals catcherWilson Ramos
(40) and relief pitcherDrew Storen
(22) and catcherJose Lobaton
(59) celebrate a victory against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Nationals defeated the Braves 3-0 to clinch the National League eastern division championship. (Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
4. Win a postseason series: Finally – and most importantly – the Nationals need to win at least one postseason series in 2015. Making the playoffs in 2012 was special, and returning in 2014 was even better. But this year, this team has to do more. Winning the NL East will mean little if the Nationals are one-and-done in the playoffs once again.
I understand that the postseason is a crapshoot. So much of October is dependent on who gets hot at the right time rather than talent on paper, but there’s no reason that Washington can’t make a run at a World Series title.
There’s also the question of the team moving forward. In addition to Jordan Zimmermann, there’s also Doug Fister, Ian Desmond, Denard Span and Tyler Clippard who remain unsigned past 2015. That means after this year, the team could face a large rebuilding effort before 2016. If the Nationals want to win, they may have to win now or face the possibility of not reaching the postseason for a while.
In conclusion, 2014 was certainly a spectacular year, but if the Nationals can accomplish even two or three of these resolutions, there’s no reason to think 2015 can’t be even better.