2016 National League East Preview

 

With a weak division again, the Mets will look to hold off the Nationals to retain their title. While the rest of East will look to keep rebuilding for the future.

New York Mets

2015 Record: 90-72 (NL East Champs, World Series Runner-ups)

Offseason: Resigned Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, and Bartolo Colon. Signed Antonio Bastardo and Asdrubal Cabrera. Lost John Niese, Tyler Clippard, and Daniel Murphy

W2W4: Pitching leads to championships, and the Mets will hoping that this year ends with a different result than last season. While they were able to win the National League and go on to the World Series, they fell short of hoisting the trophy. The Mets still have one of the top starting rotations in the MLB, even with the loss of John Niese during the off-season. They will look to ride their starting pitching towards another NL crown, and possibly a World Series title. The only threat to them repeating as NL East champs is if the Nationals can get back on the right track this season.

Washington Nationals 

2015 Record: 83-79 (Finished 2nd)

Offseason: Signed Daniel Murphy. Resigned Ian Desmond, Nate McLouth, and Dan Uggla. Lost Denard Span, Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister. 

W2W4: The 2015 season was disappointing for the Nationals who seemed like they had a stacked roster, including some big names in their starting rotation. They missed the playoffs and only finished four games above .500. Losing Zimmerman and Fister won’t help their cause for the upcoming season. The big move made by the Nationals was the signing of Daniel Murphy, taking away one of the Mets key pieces to their success last season. The Nationals will have to rely on their bats if they look to dethrone the Mets this season.

Miami Marlins

2015 Record: 71-91 (Finished 3rd)

Offseason: Signed Wei-Yin Chen and Edwin Jackson. Resigned Jeff Mathis and Casey McGehee.

W2W4: It was an interesting offseason for the Marlins as they fired their old GM Dan Jennings and replaced him with Mike Hill. Aside from the firing this offseason was quiet, with the only big signing being Edwin Jackson. The Marlins were able to climb out of the basement of the divison, but they had some help with the Braves and Phillies falling off. In a division that is very weak outside of the top two teams the Marlins should see the same result this season, finishing in the middle of the pack.

Philadelphia Phillies

2015 Record: 63-99 (Finished 5th) 

Offseason: Signed Edward Mujica. Acquired Jeremy Hellickson. Lost Jeff Francoeur and Ken Giles

W2W4: Last the Phillies dealt with many changes both in the front office and on the field. The team said goodbye to two long standing members or the club, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. They also decided to move on from Ryan Sandberg as the manager, who seemed to struggle with personalities inside the clubhouse. Then when the season ended they let go of GM Reuben Amaro Jr. who made quiet a few questionable decisions during his time as GM. With all of these changes there seems to be some hope for the future with many talented young prospects. Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, and Aaron Nola making appearances this past season were the sign of things to come for the organization. Look for the Phillies to bounce back slightly this season, getting out of the basement at least.

Atlanta Braves

2015 Record: 67-95 (Finished 4th) 

Offseason: Signed Kelly Johnson, Kyle Kendrick, Emilio Benifacio, Gordon Beckham. Resigned A.J. Pierzynski. Acquired Erik Aybar. Lost Andrelton Simmons, Edwin Jackson, Cameron Maybin.

W2W4: The Braves have gone into free fall mode the past couple seasons as the power shift in the East has affected both themselves and the Phillies respectively. The Braves lacked solid starting pitching last year, and it doesn’t look to be much better for 2016. Unless some moves are made during the season to help this problem they will need to rely heavily on their offense if they want to win games.

 


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