In 1924, Walter Johnson and Goose Goslin led the Washington Senators past Ruth's Bombers for the pennant and then John McGraw's New york Giants for the title.
It would be the last and only time and team from Washington ruled the baseball world.
But now that the Nationals are somehow the best, most consistent team in the major leagues, it now appears like a little Red monster from Cincinnati stands in their way of a World Series appearance.
Things are looking especially even brighter after Strasburg's recent dominance over the Marlins and an upcoming series with the slumping Mets. If the season ended today, nobody's stopping the Nationals in the first round.
Say the Reds get by the hypothetical No. 3 seed, would they even have a shot at the mighty Red, White, and Blue? Yes.
Cincinnati is enjoying one of the league's strongest post-All-Star game stretches after just completing a 3 game sweep of St. Louis. But the thing that looked the best from that sweep is the fact that it wasn't the usual Vottos, excuse me, suspects, that helped Cincy get the sweep. I mean, did anyone even remember that Scott Rolen was still playing? Because the man's two-out RBI single last night helped clinched the sweep.
If more role players can contribute like the random Rolens every once in a while, then this Cincinnati team is looking very dangerous.
Matchup: Very few people are betting a lot of money on this series to come to fruition. Although the two clubs have been enjoying stellar seasons, it's hard to say that both, if either, will continue riding their successes into September. So, let's just focus on one factor, since there are so many that will factor in between now and this possible NLCS matchup. Pitching: Washington is better at it. Nationals 4-2