I find the East to be the least thrilling division in the National League, as it was more fun to watch when the Phillies and Mets were at the top.
Here is how I think the 2014 NL East standings will look like:
2014 NL East
New York Mets
Washington Nationals – The Nationals are only in the top spot due to the Braves ruff Spring Training. This team couldn’t do it last season with almost the same group, so better hope familiarity breeds’ chemistry. I like the Doug Fister trade, as it bolsters a starting rotation already with Stephen Strasburg. But it was offense that kept them out of postseason in 2013. Now the question remains can Bryce Harper stay healthy all season long to make an impact? Look for the Nats to win the division by default anyway. Continue reading ‘2014 Preview and Predictions: NL East’ »
Like last season, the 2014 NL Central has a clear top team and clear bottom one, while the biggest storyline will be the fight for second place. But one thing is for sure; the teams and fans in this division are full of grit.
Here is how I think the 2014 NL Central will look at the end of the season:
David Phelps’ First Pitch of the 2013 Spring Training Season (Photo credit: mutrock)
The Mariners are looking to add some starting pitching depth due to recent injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma (right middle finger) and Taijuan Walker (sore right shoulder). Iwakuma’s finger is expected to be fine in three weeks, while Walker’s shoulder will be checked again in a week with a return more up in the air.
One thing for sure is that neither starter will be in the Mariner’s rotation on Opening Day, so Seattle is looking to trade for a possible arm.