As long as you have Philly and Atlanta around, the Mets won't amount to much in the NL East. Washington, too, might make some noise(considering that Strasburg is expected to return).
(Plus if we're REALLY lucky, we'll get to hear the news we've so long wanted to hear: The Bisons ending their affiliation with the Mets. IMO, WORST affiliation the Herd has had in a while. Meanwhile, I'm on my knees hoping that-if it happens-Toronto will become the new top affiliate.)
Don't forget about the Marlins. I'm thinking they give a run for second place in the division.
Speaking of the Marlins, i saw they were just announced as the team Showtime will follow all season for the show "The Franchise". Last year it was SF Giants and i thought it was a solid show. The Marlins, with all the expectations, new stadium, Ozzie, Big Z, Bell, Reyes/Ramirez, should be must-see tv in my opinion.
It really got sad after he left Boston. He was one of my favorite Red Sox and one of the best hitters of his generation. I wish him the best, but this has to be the last hurrah he can't keep this up forever.
Almost time for ANOTHER season of Bautista tearing it up with as little recognition as possible from any baseball related media south of the border.
If he was on, say any other team in the league he'd be jammed down everyone's throats.
well thats what happens when you've had 1 1/2 good seasons outta like a 12 year career...his peripheral stats in terms of where he hits the ball are terrible. I cant believe pitchers keep throwing him the stuff they do
As a casual fan, I thought Bautista was good because the Jays were stealing signals ?
this was by far the dumbest story of the year. Their evidence was the jays numbers were better at home offensively. Well no **** they play in a hitter friendly ballpark. They also said the signals were coming from center field from "a man in a white shirt." Half the attendance wears white, its their home jersey colour. And how could a guy in centre field even see the catcher sign then relay a signal back to the batter who could also identify a man wearing white in centre field.
Braves are going to be in a dogfight this year. The NL East is loaded this year outside of the Mets. I'm still leery of this pitching staff being able to pitch deep into games to conserve the bullpen though.
As far as the offense goes, they should be much better. Bourn will be here for a full season, Prado and Heyward both should rebound, and I don't see Uggla hitting below the Mendoza-line for the 1st half the season again.
Overall, I think the National League is a toss-up this season. The Phillies are elite, but there's always the age factor to consider.
Speaking of toss-ups, how about the NL Central this year? No Pujols, no Fielder anymore. I'd say the Reds are the best on paper, but they are an enigma and Dusty Baker manages his pitching staff worse than Freddi does and that's saying a lot.
Yeah the NL East is stacked now. I'm not too worried about the staff getting deep into games now that we have much better pitchers in the pen now besides O'Ventbrel, notably Medlen. Varvaro was also impressive and it sounds like Vizcaino will be in the pen which would be incredible short term (needs to be a starter long term but fine with him going the Neftali Feliz route). I'm more concerned about scoring more runs so we aren't in as many close games and can use others in the pen in low pressure situations. Like you said, we should be improved there but how much is the question. Also, the lineup is going to be very interesting, the only givens in my mind are Bourn first and Pastornicky 8th. I'm scared of what Fredi will decide to do with it.
I'd take the Cardinals over the Reds but barely, it can go either way. They lost Pujols but got Beltran and have Wainwright back and Dusty is probably the second worst manager in the league (to Jim Tracy) and is downright terrible with his staff. I'm interested to see how Matheny does as a manager.