NL Eastern Division Picks



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National League - Eastern Division Picks

 

  1. Washington Nationals
  2. Philadelphia Phillies
  3. New York Mets
  4. Atlanta Braves
  5. Miami Marlins

 

 

 

Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals picked up starting pitcher Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez to an already strong starting rotation featuring Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasberg and Joe Ross and you get one of the best rotations in baseball. They are going to be tough to beat.

The Nationals also signed Trevor Rosenthal to their bullpen which boasts Sean Doolittle so they will be better this year in that department. Hitting-wise they signed catcher Kurt Suzuki and he will help in multiple ways. Health is a major concern with this team. They are not very deep. Anthony Rendon is one of the best hitters in the game and they get Juan Soto all year. They also signed Brian Dozier and his experience will help. He didn’t do well with the Dodgers but maybe platooning didn’t appeal to his style.

But their pitching will be key. Expect a very tight race with one game separating three or four teams down to the wire. This division will be very tight.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Signing Bryce Harper to a mega million dollar deal may have impacted a lot of fans, but that deal by itself is not enough to warrant picking the Philadelphia Phillies as the team to beat. They did sign other players like relief pitcher Dave Robertson and position players like Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, and J.T. Realmuto that do make a difference altogether. But will it be enough?

Pitching is one of their strengths especially starting pitching. But with Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta and so so support it may not be enough to compete with Washington. Offensively the Phillies can compete with any other team in the Eastern Division. But they need more starting pitching.

 

New York Mets

The New York Mets picked up a lot of firepower in signing Robinson Cano and Wilson Ramos, but their real additions come at the bullpen in signing Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia. Everybody knows the Mets have a solid starting rotation but having closers will really help the team in the long end.

Health has always been an issue with the Mets especially with its star pitchers Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zach Wheeler. Can they make an entire season without losing one or two of their starters? That’s the big question.

Offensively the Mets cannot compete with the Nationals or the Phillies, or even the Braves, but their pitching staff is nearly as good as any. The Mets still lack depth everywhere but are catching up.

 

Atlanta Braves

The emergence of starting pitchers Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb caught the National League by surprise. Add rookie slugger Ronald Acuna Jr. and some other hitting pieces to go along with hitting machine Freddie Machine and the Atlanta Braves won the Eastern Division.

That may not happen this year. The Eastern Division has tightened up with three other teams adding firepower and pitching. Last year the Braves had pitcher Anabel Sanchez and catcher Kurt Suzuki. This year Washington has those two key players and that could be the difference. Still, the Braves have talent and if they can find another pitcher or two like Foltynewicz or Newcomb they could repeat.

 

Miami Marlins

It was a bad year for the Miami Marlins but they knew ahead of time they could lose 100 games and nearly did. This year the team knows ahead of time they can try out their young pitchers in search of another gem like Jose Urena and Sandy Alcantara. They sold or traded most of their talent away to boost their farm system. They will probably lose 90 games or more again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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