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2013 NL East Predictions

March 31, 2013

The NL East has been the powerhouse division in the National League in recent years.  This may change this year with the potential of the NL Central.  There are still three strong playoff contenders in this division.

1 Nationals – The expectations are high in the nation’s capital.  After winning 98 games last season, the Nats will have Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper for the full season.  Their starting pitchers are among the best in baseball and they have a solid young lineup.  They are built to be contenders for years to come.

2 Braves – The Braves lost Chipper Jones, but they picked up the Upton brothers.  They are coming off of a playoff season and are looking to repeat.  If there is a team outside of the NL Central that gets a wild card spot, it will be the Braves.

3 Phillies – The Phillies are starting to show their age.  Roy Halladay has lost some velocity, which may lead to opponents hitting a few more home runs off of him.  Offensively, they don’t look so bad, but that is not going to make up for their pitching and defense.

4 Mets – The only reason that the Mets will not finish last is that the Marlins are in their division.  David Wright is their bright spot this season.  Johan Santana will start the season on the DL and Shaun Marcum may join him before opening day.  This is going to be a long season for Mets fans.

5 Marlins – Trading Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, and Emilio Bonifacio forced the Marlins into a rebuilding year.  It is a shame to see so many empty seats, but what do you expect from a team that continually gets rid of their best players?

The NL East is not what it once was, but the top three teams will be competitive.  The Nationals are arguably the best team in baseball, and the Braves and Phillies are going to win their share of games.

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