Nationals Finish With 86-76 Record


With the Washington Nationals 2013 campaign coming to a close, many around the organization will continue to critique the team’s performance well into the off season.  Manager Davey Johnson deemed the season “World Series or Bust,” as many around Washington have come to believe the season was a “bust,” after not even qualifying for the playoffs.

The Nationals, however, finished the year 86-76, and played some of their best baseball down the stretch.  Washington, as most teams did, had their ups and downs, and in the tough National League wild card race Washington found themselves on the outside looking in after 162 games.

The Nationals management may be the most upset with the team’s performance after investing heavy money in a team they expected to win in 2013.  This shouldn’t be the case, as many around the Washington fan base failed to recognize Washington is still a young ball club.

Johnson proved he was unable to handle the youth, and without the correct leadership, the Nats wandered astray.

The team faced a ton of adversity throughout the 2013 season, and it should help them moving forward.  Washington needs to improve in several categories, but those needs will be addressed in due time over the off season.

Washington fans need to take a big deep breath, and realize that this season wasn’t the bust that everyone has been talking about.  Instead take it with a grain of salt, and move forward as there are bigger better things on the horizon for this ball club.

Washington will be a division contender once again in 2014, and with a few minor adjustments should find themselves in the middle of the hunt for October.