NL Predicitons

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST:

The most interesting team in all of baseball this year will be the Los Angeles Dodgers and here is why: their starting pitching must stay health, especially now with Greinke’s elbow on the fritz, while Billingsley and Lilly are starting the year on the DL… Kershaw is the best pitcher in the NL bar none and their lineup has a healthy Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier. What will happen to the team when Hanley Ramirez gets healthy? I think they have a shot to win the West but that is all depending on how well the young pitching for the Dbacks is and also if the Giants can score more than 3 runs a game. The Rockies and the Padres will be irrelevant as usual.

  1. Giants: 92-70
  2. Dodgers: 2GB (NL Wild Card slot 2)
  3. Dbacks: 2.5 GB
  4. Rockies: 7.5 GB
  5. Padres: 18 GB

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL:

What is there to say about the NL Central this year? Pittsburgh will go under .500 again this year (sorry Pirate fans), the Cubs will be p*ss poor again and the Brewers, though with a healthy pitching staff with Gallardo and Lohse will not be relevant in the division. That leaves the Cardinals and the Reds. The Reds are a team that many are picking to win the National League and I have to say I like their chances. They have five good starters, starters that work late into games saving the bullpen innings. The rotation reads like this: Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, and Mike Leake. The bullpen is strong as well with Broxton, Marshall, Parra, and a healthy Chapman. Watch out for the Reds in the postseason.

The Cardinals are a fun team to look at this year because of their quality arms throughout the bullpen and the rotation and also a solid lineup, Craig, Jay, Molina, Beltran, and Holliday could make the NL Central race very interesting this season.

  1. Reds: 95-67
  2. Cardinals: 3GB (NL Wild Card slot 1)
  3. Brewers: 7 GB
  4. Pirates: 7GB
  5. Cubs: 22 GB 

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST:

This is my favorite division this year just because the Phillies, Braves, and Nationals all have the staffs to do well all season. I give the edge to the Nationals just because a more full lineup behind Strasburg, Gonzalez, Zimmerman, Haren and Detwiler. Oh yeah, and their closer, Rafael Soriano, had 42 saves for the Yankees last year. The Phillies and the Braves are interesting to think about. Can both lineups stay healthy this year? That’s a good question given Howard, Utley, J-Roll, the Uptons and Heyward have been hurt off and on for the past few seasons. Both rotations are solid but I just don’t think they have what it takes to beat out the Dodgers and the Cardinals for the 2 Wild Card slots, (I have the Cards with 92 wins and the Dodgers with 90). I wish I could give my team, the Mets, some love but again in 2013 they will be horrible, same with the Marlins.

  1. Nationals: 97-65
  2. Phillies: 9 GB
  3. Braves: 9 GB
  4. Mets: 17 GB
  5. Marlins: 20 GB
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One thought on “NL Predicitons

  1. I agree with your predictions for the most part, but I think you need to give the Mets a bit more love. At the risk of being biased (they are my team too) I think they are better than people give them credit for.

    Last year they were in the race right up until the All-Star break and that was without any offense from the catcher or first-base position. I think the Mets are better offensively this year than last.

    Both Dickey and Santana pitched great last year (other than Santana’s last few starts) and the loss of these guys will hurt. But the young pitchers the Mets have are very good and have a lot of potential. If they can rise to the occasion the Mets can be competitive.

    I see the Mets finishing ahead of the Phillies, behind the Nationals and Braves. Having a winning season is not out of the question.

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