Two years later, they rushed out to a 2–1 series lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers before the Dodgers won the final two games by a run apiece. In all, the Nats had reached the postseason four times prior to this year and failed even to advance a single round, much less win the championship their talented roster suggested was due. After finishing a sweep Tuesday night of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, though, the decade's most downtrodden playoff team finds itself in the World Series.