NL East Preview

Last year the NL East was one-sided as the Washington Nationals had the only record above .500.    They also lost in the League Divisional Series for the 3rd time in four years.  Will 2018 be just like 2017? Let’s take a look at each team:


Atlanta Braves 


2017 record: 72-90

Notable additions: Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir

Notable subtractions: Matt Kemp, RA Dickey,  Matt Adams

Projected lineup:  


CF    Ender Inciarte

2B    Ozzie Albies

1B    Freddie Freeman

C    Tyler Flowers

RF    Nick Markakis

LF    Ronald Acuna

3B    Johan Camargo

SS    Dansby Swanson

Starting Pitching:  

Julio Teheran   (R)

Mike Foltynewicz   (R)

Brandon McCarthy   (R)

Sean Newcomb   (L)

Scott Kazmir   (L)


Arodys Vizcaino   (R)

Potential breakout: Ronald Acuna

Potential bust: Dansby Swanson

Projected record: 76-86

The Braves have a young lineup full of top prospects that just need some experience.   They might not contend this year (or will they?), but they should be great in 2019.



Miami Marlins 


2017 record: 77-85

Notable addition: Starlin Castro

Notable subtractions: Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich

Projected lineup:  


CF    Lewis Brinson

RF    Cameron Maybin

C    J.T. Realmuto

2B    Starlin Castro

1B    Justin Bour

3B    Martin Prado

LF    Scott Van Slyke

SS    J.T. Riddle

Starting Pitchers:  

Dan Straily   (R)

Wei-Yin Chen   (L)

Jose Urena   (R)

Adam Conley   (L)

Dillon Peters   (L)


Brad Ziegler   (R)

Potential breakout: Justin Bour

Potential bust: Dan Straily

Projected record: 65-97

The Marlins gutted their team, getting rid of just about anyone that was good.  Will they be a surprise team and contend? No.


New York Mets 


2017 record:  70-92

Notable additions: Jay Bruce, Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Reyes

Notable subtractions: none

Projected lineup:  


CF    Brandon Nimmo

2B    Asdrubal Cabrera

LF    Yoenis Cespedes

RF    Jay Bruce

3B    Todd Frazier

1B    Adrian Gonzalez

C    Travis d’Arnaud

SS    Amed Rosario

Starting Pitchers:  

Noah Syndergaard   (R)

Jacob deGrom   (R)

Matt Harvey   (R)

Steven Matz   (L)

Jason Vargas   (L)


Jeurys Familia   (R)

Potential breakout:  Amed Rosario

Potential bust:  Dominic Smith

Projected record: 79-83

The Mets will live and die on their starting rotation.  It has the potential to one of the best in the league, IF they can stay healthy.


Philadelphia Phillies 


2017 record: 66-96

Notable additions: Carlos Santana, Jake Arrieta

Notable subtractions: n/a

Projected lineup:  


2B    Cesar Hernandez

CF    Odubel Herrera

LF    Rhys Hoskins

1B    Carlos Santana

RF    Nick Williams

3B    Maikel Franco

SS    J.P. Crawford

C    Cameron Rupp

Starting Pitchers:  

Aaron Nola   (R)

Jake Arrieta   (R)

Jerad Eickhoff   (R)

Vince Velasquez   (R)

Nick Pivetta   (R)


Hector Neris   (R)

Potential breakout: Nick Williams

Potential bust: Rhys Hoskins

Projected record: 75-87

After years of losing, this could be the year the Phillies contend.  They just acquired Jake Arrieta and are now the sexy pick to make the playoffs.


Washington Nationals 


2017 record: 97-65

Notable additions: Matt Adams

Notable subtractions: n/a

Projected lineup:  


SS    Trea Turner

LF    Adam Eaton

RF    Bryce Harper

1B    Ryan Zimmerman

2B    Daniel Murphy

3B    Anthony Rendon

C    Matt Wieters

CF    Michael Taylor

Starting Pitchers:  

Max Scherzer   (R)

Stephen Strasburg   (R)

Tanner Roark   (R)

Gio Gonzalez   (L)

A.J. Cole   (R)


Sean Doolittle   (L)

Potential breakout: Adam Eaton

Potential bust: Gio Gonzalez

Projected record: 94-68

The window is closing on the Nationals.  They’re facing departures of their best players in the next couple years so this might be the best chance the Nationals have win a World Series.   Could this be the year?  Their lineup is stacked and this might be the best team yet.



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