Top 5 seasons in Nationals history

The Nationals were playoff onlookers for their first seven seasons after relocating to Washington in 2005. The highest they climbed in the National League East standings was third place, and they struggled to finish above the .500 mark.

That changed in 2012, when Washington became a playoff contender and eventual World Series champion. This is a look back on the Nats’ five best seasons (ranked by regular-season records in the Washington era) and memorable moments from the club’s playoff performances

1. 2012: 98-64 (.605)
Regular season: First in NL East
Postseason: Lost in NLDS to Cardinals, 3-2

The Nationals began a new chapter in 2012 with a season that featured the Major League debut of Bryce Harper and concluded with their first playoff appearance since relocating in ’05. With the best winning percentage in all of baseball, the Nats took on the defending World Series champion Cardinals in the postseason. In Game 4 of the NLDS, Jayson Werth produced one of the Nationals’ most memorable moments when he battled through a 13-pitch at-bat in the bottom of the ninth to deliver a walk-off home run at an electric Nationals Park.

2. 2017: 97-65 (.599)
Regular season: First in NL East
Postseason: Lost in NLDS to Cubs, 3-2

By 2017, the Nationals had made the playoffs in three of the previous five seasons. Washington moved into first place in the NL East early on April 18, and it won the division…

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