By: Max Zuiker
The Mets the Mets the Mets! After having everyone Washington as the heavy favorite last year, the Mets with their talented young pitching core won 90 games and took home the NL East crown. With keeping trade deadline accusation Yoenis Cespedes in the fold for an entire year are the Mets NL pennant favorites?
NY METS: (98-64)
Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGroom, Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard and big old Bartolo Colon make up the Mets starting 5. Do I need to say anything else? I hope not… Should be a great year for Met fans.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS: (85-77)
What happened to the nasty Nats World Series banner and parade ceremony in 2015? Not to many people have a good reason why the Nationals folded so early last season. Looking in to 2016 for Washington, I see a solid competitive group led by 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper and staff ace Max Scherzer. There are two reason why I don’t see them making a playoff push this year. One is the supporting cast around Mr. Harper. I mean Ryan Zimmerman, Jason Werth and Daniel Murphy are solid ball players but the Nats need to give Harper more protection around him in order for him to be the full offensive catalyst that he is. Second problem I have is Dusty Baker. I like and respect Dusty but is he really the guy to get all the talent out of this ball club? I think they should have went in a different direction fir their managerial position.
MIAMI MARLINS: (78-84)
After bringing in a lot of talent last offseason the Marlins were disappointed in only winning 71 games as a unit. Miami could be one of those teams that surprises the baseball world in 2016 with their solid young pitching core. However, being second to last in runs scored in 2015 and not adding a big impact bat to strengthen their order I believe these offensive woes will continue to hinder their offense.
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES: (64-98)
Once again the Phillies will be in tank/rebuild mode. Not so long ago this was a perennial playoff team but with the majority of their top players aging and suffering nagging injuries the past two or three seasons have not been kind to the city of Brotherly Love. Philly fans expect a top three pick in next year’s draft. The big name to watch out for 2016 and beyond is Aaron Nola a solid front of the line type of pitcher.
ATLANTA BRAVES: (61-101)
For the first time in many years the Braves will be entering rebuild mode. As we saw throughout the offseason Atlanta will have no problem giving away their big ticket names in order to reshape the organization. I know Brave fans are not happy with this but it is necessary for this team to improve for 2017 and beyond.