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Juan Soto holding the world series trophy

The Washington Nationals had a shaky 19 and 31 start to the season, but fought their way to the World Series. They faced the Houston Astros, and came back from two games down to win their first World Series and bring a title back to D.C.

The Washington Nationals came into the season projected to finish in first place in the east. After they let Bryce Harper, walk they had a rough start without their best player and fell into a slump. The team found themselves in last place in the east. They had an 3.4% chance to make the playoffs, but that seemed to be the motivation they needed. The Nats quickly turned their season around and finished the year 93 and 69, only 13 games behind the NL leader the LA Dodgers.

They just manged to beat out the Chicago Cubs for the final wildcard spot in the playoffs, which and earned themselves home field advantage for the wildcard game versus the Milwaukee Brewers. The game started off terrible for the Nationals, as they went down two to zero early and the Brewers added one more run to their lead. This gave the brewers a three to one lead heading into the seventh. However, a clutch hit by Juan Soto brought in three to give the Nationals their first lead of the game. Daniel Hudson was then brought out to close out the game and head to LA.

The Washington Nationals seemed to loose two games and find themselves in a must win game four against the Dodgers in the NLDS. Prevailing again the Nats won and sent it to a game five back in LA. The Nationals were back to a sudden death game, as they were in the wild card game, but this time a clutch hit by Howie Kendrick to give them the lad in the tenth. Then to close it out, it was Sean Doolittle and a diving catch by center fielder Michael A. Taylor to send them to the NLCS, where they faced the St. Louis Cardinals.

I went to game four of the Nats vs Cardinals series where they took the sweep and that night I will not forget.”

— Zach Westenhofer

A quick four game sweep by the Nationals sent them to their first World Series, where they faced the best team in the AL the Houston Astros. The Washington Nationals jumped out to an early two game lead in the series, as they stole two wins in Houston over the two best pitchers in the MLB. They then seemed to lose three in a row at home to once again find themselves in a sudden death game in Houston. With their ace on the mound, Max Scherzer threw five strong innings to give the Nationals the edge and lead to Daniel Hudson, throwing the final pitch and getting the Washington Nationals their first ever World Series title.