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||81||81|
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.
Atlanta Braves – Pitching was the Tribes strength last season, and looked to be elite again until the recent injury to ace Kris Medlen. Medlen suffered right elbow ligament this past weekend, and is reportedly going to see Dr. James Andrews, which is never a good sign. The Tribe will need the big bats of Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla to come up big all season long if they want to compete at all. Still losing Medlen could be enough of a blow that to cost them the division.
Philadelphia Phillies – Co-ace Cole Hamels is not healthy yet; the farm system has nothing, and with a roster that makes the Yankees look young things are not looking so good in Philly. But Ryan Howard is about due not to get hurt, and if the rest of the oldies have one more goodie in them anything is possible. But the glass is never half full in the City of Brotherly Love.
New York Mets – Everyone knows ace Matt Harvey is out for the season. But who’s on first? Not Ike Davis, as he is in a walking boot already. Need more additions than just the Grandyman to save this Mess, but everyone knew that already too.
Miami Marlins – All I have to say is let Giancarlo Stanton go, as hasn’t he suffered enough?
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