Max Rosenfeld Previews the NL East
First: New York Mets
Barring any significant injuries, the Mets are poised to contend for a World Series title. The problem is that the bulk of the team’s starting pitchers, including Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, are coming coming off season ending surgeries in 2016. Noah Syndergaard is the ace- if Yoenis Cespedes and the rest of the club’s power laden offense thrive, the Mets will continue to be one of the best teams in the National League.
— New York Mets (@Mets) February 21, 2017
Second: Washington Nationals
The goal for the 2017 Nationals is clear: win the World Series. But first, they must win a playoff series, a hurdle the Nationals have been unable to clear in recent years. In order to do so, Bryce Harper must produce a bounce back season following his disappointing 2016 campaign.
— MLB Roundup (@MLB_Roundup) February 21, 2017
Third: Miami Marlins
At the top of their roster, Miami possesses elite offensive talent. Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton are bona fide stars with proven All-Star talent. But the Marlins roster lacks depth, a flaw that will likely leave the team out of the division race come August and September.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) February 21, 2017
Fourth: Atlanta Braves
The Braves will open their new stadium with an unclear mindset. On one end, the front office is in rebuilding mode, focused on contending in the future behind shortstop Dansby Swanson. But at the same time, Atlanta signed veteran starters Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey and traded for former All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips in the offseason, proving that they are still interested in competing in 2017.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 21, 2017
Fifth: Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies are clearly building a future powerhouse with young stars such as Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera, but this team is not yet ready to contend. Still, Philadelphia may very well hang around longer than expected due to their crop of soon-to-be All-Stars. Look for top shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford to make his Major League debut at some point this season.
— Philly.com Sports (@phillysport) February 20, 2017