UCB 2010 Predictions: National League East

by on March 30, 2010 · 3 comments

The National League East has been dominated by the Philadelphia Phillies in recent history, and bad news for the rest of the teams, 2010 will be no different.

  1. Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Atlanta Braves
  3. New York Mets
  4. Florida Marlins
  5. Washington Nationals

Phillies: The best team in the National League made the blockbuster move of the off-season, trading for Roy Halladay – and it looks even more genius as Cliff Lee battles injury. Lineup and pitching are stout, no reason to believe they won’t repeat here again. … Braves: Rookie Jason Heyward is wowing Spring Training observers and injecting life into what has been a bit of a boring and direction-less franchise in recent seasons. The young Braves could challenge the Phillies this season and wind up over the hump in the next year or two. … Mets: Poor, poor Met fans. Jose Reyes is hurt again, Oliver Perez is still in the rotation, Johan Santana is still coming back from injury. The Mets will rely on a big year from David Wright and some fulfillment of promise from other youngsters like Daniel Murphy and Fernando Martinez in order to compete. … Marlins: Always difficult to write this team off because you never really know what they have until June or so. Youth will be served again in south Florida, with a solid young pitching rotation. … Nationals: I give the Nats until mid-May before Stephen Strasburg is in their big-league rotation.

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SMS_Mike March 30, 2010

Wright recovering from a concussion, Reyes may still be injured with the Thyroid problem, Beltran had surgery, Santana as you mentioned, Bay in left….I’m not sure this team stacks up better than Florida.

That said, I could see the three (Atlanta/Florida/New York) finishing second/third/fourth in any order. I think they’re that close.

PH8 March 30, 2010

Completely agreed with your last statement, I think they could fall in any order. I think the Mets underachieved incredibly last season, and am expecting a bounce-back of sorts – the question is whether they have the right coaching staff and/or mental make-up to make it happen.

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