My Quick National League Preview

Okay, it’s a little bit late with the season starting but it’s not like I’m gaining much from the first game. Besides, I’m still picking the Marlins to make the playoffs. And this is a very quick preview because I don’t have the time to put in a full preview or even one like I did with the AL. Anyway, let’s get to that and after this is posted my playoffs/awards post will be up.

NL East

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

I like the new look Marlins, but it’s more of me not liking the Phillies this year. They’re too banged up. The Nats look like they may contend for the first time with a solid rotation starting with Strasburg. And there’s nothing to report with the Braves or Mets, because they’re going to be pretty bad and out of the race.

NL Central

1. St Louis Cardinals
2. Cincinnati Reds
3. Milwaukee Brewers
4. Pittsburgh Pirates
5. Chicago Cubs
6. Houston Astros

Even without Pujols, the Cardinals are still a solid team and good enough to win this division. The Reds gave a huge, awful deal to Joey Votto but they will be in the running this year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them flip with the Cards and win the division. The Brewers lost Prince Fielder but kept Ryan Braun, and with him they will still be a decent team this year. The Pirates were a surprise team last year but I wouldn’t expect the same this season. The Cubs are looking to the future with Theo Epstein in his first year, but this year they won’t be much of a contender. Finally, the Houston Astros will spend their last season in the NL Central by exiting from the bottom.

NL West

1. San Fransisco Giants
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Arizona Diamondbacks
4. Colorado Rockies
5. San Diego Padres

The Giants have their ace’s with Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain which will put them on top of the rest of their competition in this division. The Dodgers have new ownership and without that distraction I think they’re gonna be a better team. Matt Kemp, who should have won MVP, and Clayton Kershaw will have big seasons again.

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