As if Washington fans haven’t had enough new experiences in the past seven months, they are about to have another one for the next five months: wondering whether and how the Nationals might win the ’13 pennant.
The Giants celebrated their second World Series title in three years with their sweep Sunday in Detroit, and theydeserved everything they got. Nobody else can make backhanded claims to a “near” title. But several teams are right on their tail.
If you lost to the Giants head-to-head, like the Reds and Cards, you blew your shot. If you didn’t make it out of the division series, like the Nats, you weren’t that close, no matter what you think. And the Tigers, after sweeping the Yankees, were obviously the best the American League could offer. They got their doors blown off in four games. So the AL has no gripe, either.
But the Giants are no dynasty. They’re a fine team that’s averaged 91 wins since Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Barry Zito were joined three years ago. They have a pitching-defense-and-fundamentals tilt that works in October. But other styles have won titles for 100 years, too.