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When it comes to winning, the Nationals are a total team effort

Almost every player on the roster has had a hand in the Nationals' success this season. Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports

Last year's Kansas City Royals have been used as an example of why preseason projections shouldn't be taken too seriously, but if the Royals were one big whiff, the Washington Nationals were a whiff just as big -- in the other direction.