5 Reasons Washington Nationals Should Be Favored To Win World Series

5 Reasons Washington Nationals Should Be Favored To Win World Series

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All of the high expectations for the 2013 season came crashing down around the Washington Nationals. They didn't change much, but what they did change has worked extremely well and now they should be the favorites to win the 2014 World Series. Here are five reasons that will make that argument extremely difficult to debate.

5. Starting Pitching

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5. Starting Pitching

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The combination of Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez was joined this season by Doug Fister. Those five have created a starting staff that is certainly one of the best in the game. If any team can compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers in a short series, it is this team. Of the five, only Strasburg and Gonzalez have an ERA above 3.00.

4. Anthony Rendon

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4. Anthony Rendon

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The injuries that have befallen Ryan Zimmerman have thrown the brilliance of Rendon into the spotlight this season. As the Nats have turned it on, Rendon has stepped way up with a .382 batting average, two home runs, four RBI and 11 runs scored in his last 10 games. No matter who all gets healthy, Rendon will have a strong place on this team.

3. Jayson Werth

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3. Jayson Werth

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Jayson Werth certainly might have his struggles from time to time, but he has stepped up in a big way down the stretch. In the last 28 games coming into Saturday, Werth has a slash line of .350/.461/.533 with two home runs and 13 RBI. He is only improving as the season gets into crunch time.

2. Wilson Ramos

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2. Wilson Ramos

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It became clear how important Wilson Ramos was to this team when he went down for a while at the start of the season. As you would expect, Ramos has stepped up as well through crunch time with four home runs and eight RBI in his last 10 games going into Saturday. The Nats also throw out a ton of base runners as well, and Ramos has a big part in that.

1. Matt Williams

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1. Matt Williams

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Without a doubt the biggest and best change going into this season was the hiring of Matt Williams as manager. He has shown the strength of character to make even the biggest supposed stars to toe the line and at the same time the loyalty to defend his players. The Nats play their hardest every single time out and Williams is most certainly the reason why.

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