When a season starts with World Series aspirations and ends with an 83-79 record, it is very difficult for a fanbase to view the season as anything but a total failure. That would seem to be the case for the Washington Nationals and their disappointing 2015 season. The Nationals missed the playoffs despite starting the year with a rotation that was billed as one of the greatest of all-time (the New York Mets will gladly accept the title now), a solid core of veterans, and a handful of young players on the verge of superstardom. By now, you know what happened — injuries piled up, the front office traded for Jonathan Papelbon who in turn did Jonathan Papelbon things on the field and in the dugout, Drew Storen melted down after looking like an All-Star closer prior to the trade, Matt Williams made terrible decisions with the bullpen and lost the clubhouse, and several members of the starting rotation underachieved.
While it feels like there is no reason to think positively about the 2015 season for the Washington Nationals, believe it or not, some things actually did go right for the club.