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2014 National League East Preview

2014 National League East Preview

Bob Whalon | 03/04/14 | 2:31 PM EST 0 Comments
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While Most NL East previews have either the Nationals or Braves winning the division, I took a different look at it.

Most NL East previews have the Nationals as the favorites to win the division.  But that's what they said before last season too.  They'll tell you how great the young Braves are and how they'll at least claim a wild card spot.  They'll tell you the Phillies are too old, the Mets are rebuilding and the Marlins are, well, the same old Marlins.

This is most certainly not most previews.

Let's take a look at each team in their predicted order of finish.

Philadelphia Phillies

Yes, the Phillies roster is older, but so was the Red Sox team that won the World Series last year.  Old doesn't necessarily mean bad and if the Phillies older hitters like Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins can stay healthy, they will score runs.  Plus Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and A.J. Burnett give the Phillies one of the best trios atop any rotation in baseball.

Washington Nationals

The Nats might have the best overall rotation in baseball with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister and Ross Detwiler.  But they have trouble keeping their hitters like Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth healthy.  They won't give up many runs, but they also won't score many either with their inconsistent lineup.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves have a very young roster with the retirement of Chipper Jones, losing Tim Hudson and Brian McCann to free agency, which will be a problem.    The lineup might lead MLB in strikeouts, leading to prolonged slumps.  And while the rotation seems to be loaded with talent, they're all still young.  The loss of lefty Eric O'Flaherty will hurt last season's best bullpen.

New York Mets

The Mets are in full rebuilding mode, in spite of signing Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon.  The pitching staff is incredibly young and they're just waiting until Matt Harvey comes back from his Tommy John surgery and Noah Syndergaard is promoted.  The lineup is incredibly weak besides David Wright and Granderson's stats have been in decline for years.

Miami Marlins

The Marlins payroll was $102 million heading into 2012 and will be around $50 million this season.  They'll fight for the title of worst team in baseball and the only reason to pay any attention to this mess would be to watch Jose Fernandez pitch and Giancarlo Stanton hit.  It's no wonder nobody goes to their games.

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