The Washington Nationals took the NL East crown in 2012. Many thought more was to come from the team that was brought to the Nation's capital in 2005. After never finishing above the .500 mark, the Nats (their nickname) brought home their first NL East crown in the team's short history. They lost the NLDS 3-2, but were able to celebrate playoff baseball in the city of Washington D.C. It was thought that the Nationals would take home the World Series trophy this season, and that they would continue to get better, as they built a powerhouse in the NL East, much like the rival Philadelphia Phillies did from 2007 to 2012.
Then the 8th inning began. After a scoreless top half by Erik Davis, the Nationals took their bats, for what looked to be their second to last at bat of the game. It turned out to be the last. 3 runs scored in the inning, powered by Jayson Werth's go-ahead double, to put the Nats on top 6-5. And, that's how it finished.
Was this game the turning point to the Nationals season? I think yes. When a team gets hot in September, the sense of urgency, and the chance to play in the playoffs can really spark a team. Don't look now, but I think the Nationals could scamper right into the playoff race. Next they get the Phillies for three games, with Stephen Strasburg taking the hill on Labor Day. Each game slowly becomes a must-win, and each game could get the Nationals closer to the playoffs.