Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Now that I have taken you through my AL predictions, it's time to move over to the NL. Lets start with the home of the NL champion Phillies, the NL East. As always we will start out by looking at last seasons standings.

y–Philadelphia 93 69

Florida 87 75

Atlanta 86 76

New York 70 92

Washington 59 103

  • After winning the National League crown the Fightin Phils are looking to take it up a notch and win it all. After having one of the best offseasons in quite some time, I expect them to easily repeat as NL East champs. That's saying something as I feel the NL East may be the most improved conference in all of baseball.
  • I expect the Braves to hop into that number 2 spot and become NL wild card contenders. That however will all depend on their pitching. After an incredible season in which he finished 3rd in NL ERA leaders many people will be wondering if Jair Jurrjens season was just a fluke. While I expect his numbers to fall a bit, I expect him to lead a staff that is better than people realize.
  • Here is where I get a little crazy. I predict the Mets to finish third and win close to 90 games. In fact, I think if they can stay healthy, they have the potential to put together a potent lineup that can really do damage. However that is a huge IF on this team.
  • I expect the Marlins and Nationals to have performances very similar to their '09 season, with a slight drop for the fish and a slight rise for the Nats.

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