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National League East – MLB 2016
This division will be tough no doubt about it w/ a couple of teams in the division on a rebuild. This breakdown will give you an elaborate showing of what the National League east will consist of. Enjoy the article.
The New York Mets- the mets have the best rotation in all of baseball hands down. They have an certified ace 1-5 and don’t forget about wheeler coming back from Tommy John surgery in mid June. That will give the mets 6 pitchers for 5 spots at this point , you know what they say you can never have enough pitching. Two ways you can go about this when wheeler gets back to the team, 1- send colon to the bullpen of 2- have a 6 man rotation giving each pitcher an extra days of rest. The mets pitching gives them a chance to win each game.
The offense did get better w/ the resigning of Yoenis Cespedes he’s a guy that can provide major punch in the lineup w/ wright if he can stay healthy and at least play 135 games then the mets should compete for another NL east title. If Lucas Duda can have a 30 plus homer year for the first time in his career then he would potent offensive protection for Yoenis Cespedes. The mets didn’t really get an upgrade after losing Daniel Murphy to free agency they replaced him w/ Neil Walker and they had similar numbers in 2015.
The bullpen also got better w/ the addition of Antonio Bestardo. Famalia has a chance to be dominate again but hopefully that can translate over to the postseason.
Miami Marlins -really like this Miami team their key stars are Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton. If Stanton can stay healthy and play in 155 games then I believe this Marlin team will compete for a Wild Card position. This team has a good lineup after a great season from Bour in 2015 the teams needs him to replicate that in order for them to be competitive. They need to get Ozuna going I feel like this player can be an all star and win a batting title because he has speed he has the ability to beat out infield hits. His defense is superb they just need the bat to wake up. It will be interesting to see how Dee Gordon responds to a contract extension that he got over the off season this can go either way now that he got the contract there’s pressure off of him and now he can play or there can be a bunch of pressure ensuring that he earns every penny just look at Stanton he’s a great player but he hasn’t even been close to earning every penny on his contract health has been a big issue for him the key is for him to stay healthy this offense goes when he goes. Il really not that fond of their pitching rotation Fernandez is an ace and Chen is like a 3 you have all the sub par pitchers like Jackson,khoeler, etc. they need to be good in order for them to win at least a Wild Card spot. Pitching and defense wins ball games because they already have a potent offense.
Washington Nationals- Washington has a good group. The offense is lead by Bryce Harper the offense should be great they have a good pitching staff but the mets have a better rotation. You would wonder if the altercation that took place at the end of last season w/ Harper and papelbon will carry over or is that water under the bridge nobody really knows they both have cleared the air about it. Rendon also needs to stay healthy and put up the year he did in 2014 w/ all that said I think Washington will be in the mix for a Wild Card spot.
Philadelphia Phillies- the Phillies are one of those teams that are on a rebuild they currently have two players left from the 2008 championship team. Ryan Howard is manning first and Carlos Ruiz manning catcher. The up and coming star that you need to pay attention to is Maikel Franco this guy has the opportunity to his 30 home runs and 100 RBI’S in the very near future. The Phillies will be better then what people expect but it won’t be enough to compete they will be a little better from 2015 but they won’t really make a dent. The rotation consists of Matt Harrison, Jeremy Hellickson, Aaron Nola, Charlie Morton and Vince Velasquez. This team will finish last in the NL East in 2016.
Atlanta Braves- the braves are preparing to be a playoff team as early as 2017 when they move to the new stadium they made trades to ensure the future heading into 2017. This current roster consists of veterans like swisher, markakis, freeman, and Aybar this team traded Shelby Miller for Dansby Swanson from the D-Backs he will be manning SS starting in 2017. Everything at the moment is wrong w/ this team they lack offense,pitching and just a team that will have a hard time scoring runs this team will finish last w/ the Phillies.
Written by John Torres
A black and white photograph of The Road to paradise. It may look full of obstacle,but we must get there to achieve the unthinkable. Photo Taken by Jose Rojas and turned black and white using photoshop. I hope you enjoy this picture. Prints and others products available now at The Road to Paradise Premium Prints.
Gardner sits on opening day as opposed to Jacoby Ellsbury. If you remember Ellsbury sat down last year in the American League Wild Card game against these same Houston Astros team against the same started in Dallas Keuchel. Hicks will get the nod in left field over Gardner, he was not happy about this decision, here is his quote.
"It's definitely disappointing, "Gardner said. "I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I don't want to start opening day, because obviously I do, but I understand where Joe's coming from and respect his decision."
Gardner went 0-4 against Houston in the AL Wild Card game, striking out 3 times against Dallas Keuchel. So you understand this decision a little bit better.
Written by John Torres
This Picture portraits New York Yankees baseball Mr. Clutch to me Hideki Matsui at bat. May, 2008 playing the Cleveland Indians. Picture Taken by Jose Rojas using a Nikon Camera.
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CC Sabathia wins the 5th starters spot over Ivan Nova. CC Sabathia went 1-3 with a 5.51 ERA with 10 strikeouts over 16.1IP. Nova went 0-0 w/ 4.13 ERA w/ 15 Strikeouts over 24 IP. Although Nova had a better outing his last time out. There was a no brainer that CC was going to get this final rotation spot, all though they both struggled in their spring training games they pitched in. CC was going to get the final spot for a number of reasons, CC has more experience, CC has a huge contract that needs to be fulfilled contractually as a starting pitcher. Also to note CC pitched better in the final month of the 2015 season w/ that knee brace on. Nova had been inconsistent thus far in his career he has more downs then ups. Nova will serve as the long man coming out of the bullpen.
CC makes his 2016 debut on April 9th against the Detroit Tigers.
Written by John Torres