What the Nats have to do for next season

Washington Nationals\' Adam LaRoche, right, high-fives teammate Chad Tracy after scoring a run on a single by Kurt Suzuki in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League division baseball series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON – The Washington Nationals saw their dreams of a World Series championship end with a crushing 9-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in game 5 of the National league Divisional Series on Friday night at Nats Park.

Despite coming up short in the playoffs, the team had a great season winning 98 games and finishing with the best record in the game.

What went wrong in the series and what the Nats have to do now going forward is on the minds of both WTOP Nats beat reporter Craig Heist and MLB.com’s Nats beat reporter Bill Ladson.

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