1. Philadelphia Phillies (98-64)
There are folks who think the Phillies could be in for some offensive trouble without Jayson Werth, but when you own three golden arms and a silver one as your fourth, you are in good shape. Even with Chase Utley’s balky wrist and
arguably the vilest fans in baseball, they will take the NL East easily.
2. Atlanta Braves (90-72)
Bobby Cox’s swan song was a surprising playoff run that ended with a series loss to the eventual world champion Giants. Will Marlins’ castoff Fredi Gonzalez be able to build on the momentum from last season? If the ageless Chipper Jones can stay healthy and productive, and Jason Heyward can avoid a sophomore decline, then I say yes.
3. Florida Marlins (83-79)
Another year of mediocrity. While I am sure the Royals and Pirates could be envious of the Marlins being perennially “young and competitive”, Florida needs to dip into the savings account once in a while if they are going to field anything better than what they have over the past few years. Note to Jeffrey Loria: antagonizing and running good managers off doesn’t help. Read more…