The Fait Accompli became just accompli last night as the Nats clinched the NL East. Most of us had called it at least a couple of weeks ago and you could have been justified calling it as early as Aug 23rd after the Braves put up their first good run in a long while going 7-2 over nine games... and they lost a game in the standings to the streaking Nats.
Still that doesn't make it any less exciting for Nats fans. The whole "Waffle House" thing turned me off a little as it totally went against my DBAD life philosophy but find me a fanbase that wouldn't react in a similar manner and I'll point out that you are referencing a fictional population from children's book about fair play.
I titled this post in reference to a post I made after 2012, in which I noted how the Nats were propelled to their title in large part due to great pitcher health. They literally had 0 starts that year made for injury reasons. Wang started 4 games when they thought he could be the 5th, and one game to set the rotation back to normal rest after a double header. Lannan started 2 DH games and four games in place of Strasburg. Gorzelanny started 1 to set the rotation for the playoffs.
In 2013 things got a little worse, but still weren't terrible. The Nats had 22 injury starts (Ohlendorf made 3 starts related to DHs) primarily for Detwiler who suffered an injury early, then after a brief comeback was out for the season. There were also a couple starts for Haren and one for Stras.
This year? More health. The Nats have had 9 injury starts (Treinen had a DH spot start) as Fister (5 Jordan, 1 Treinen) and Gio (3 Treinan) both missed a little bit of time.
Assuming all goes to plan over the next dozen or so games the Nats will have had only 31 injury starts over the past 3 seasons. In other words the guy they wanted to have on the mound was there almost 94% of the time. The Braves, for contrast, lost about 31 starts just in 2014 just for Beachy.
It's tempting to say Rizzo is great! Shutdown worked! but I'm not sure we can go that far. Rizzo does right by giving the Nats young arms, arms with history of health, and keeping the immediate rotation depth strong, but beyond that the Nats were fortunate. Some pitchers are going to get hurt; see : Detwiler, Purke, Solis, hell Strasburg went out under Rizzo. The Nats haven't had bad luck cost them.
Other notes :
I haven't heard and I hope I never hear "No one believed in us". Everyone believed in the Nats, and that's after the Nats burned everyone last year. The talent on this team was undeniably better than anyone in the NL East.
I'm curious - what would make a March 2015 version of yourself satisfied? Obviously a World Series victory is the crown everyone wants but how far would the Nats have to go for you to look back and say it was a successful season? Personally I'm going with "make the World Series". Obviously another NLDS exit wouldn't do it. They need to improve on the past. An NLCS appearance though, doesn't feel like enough to me.