MLB Divisional Previews: Mets Look to Repeat as NL East Champs

This is the third of six divisional previews from Impact 89FM, stay tuned for the rest of the previews throughout the opening week of the MLB season.

One year removed from a World Series run, the New York Mets are in position to take the division again. The Washington Nationals, who finished seven games back of New York, will be looking to redeem themselves after somewhat of a letdown last year.

Zachary Swiecicki, Zach Barnes, and Will Thiede breakdown the NL East: Who will win the division between NYM and WAS? What can the Marlins do? And are the Braves or Phillies better at “tanking”?

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The 2015 NL East divisional standings. Two teams above 0.500 and only one team with 90 wins.

 

Team W L W-L% GB
New York Mets 90 72 0.556
Washington Nationals 83 79 0.512 7.0
Miami Marlins 71 91 0.438 19.0
Atlanta Braves 67 95 0.414 23.0
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 0.389 27.0

 

This season? Well, it could look almost the exact same, but with a better Miami team.

 

Our 2016 NL East Projected Standings.

*National League Lineups will be not include the pitcher’s spot*

 

  1. New York Mets

Rotation

1 Matt Harvey
2 Jacob deGrom
3 Noah Syndergaard
4 Steven Matz
5 Bartolo Colon

 

Opening Day Lineup

RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
LF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
2B Neil Walker
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
C Travis d’Arnaud
CF Juan Lagares

 

  1. Washington Nationals

Rotation

1 Max Scherzer
2 Stephen Strasburg
3 Gio Gonzalez
4 Tanner Roark
5 Joe Ross

 

Opening Day Lineup

CF Ben Revere
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B David Murphy
LF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa

 

  1. Miami Marlins

Rotation

1 Wei-Yin Chen
2 Jose Fernandez
3 Adam Conley
4 Tom Koehler
5 Jarred Cosart

 

Opening Day Lineup

2B Dee Gordon
CF Marcell Ozuna
LF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
3B Martin Prado
1B Justin Bour
C J.T. Realmuto
SS Adeiny Hechavarria

 

  1. Atlanta Braves

Rotation

1 Julio Teheran
2 Matt Wisler
3 Bud Norris
4 Jhoulys Chacin
5 Williams Perez

 

Opening Day Lineup

CF Ender Inciarte
SS Erick Aybar
1B Freddie Freeman
3B Adonis Garcia
RF Nick Markakis
LF Hector Olivera
C A.J. Pierzynski
2B Jace Peterson

 

  1. Philadelphia Phillies

Rotation

1 Jeremy Hellickson
2 Aaron Nola
3 Charlie Morton
4 Jerad Eickhoff
5 Vince Velasquez

 

Opening Day Lineup

2B Cesar Hernandez
CF Odubel Herrera
3B Maikel Franco
1B Ryan Howard
C Carlos Ruiz
LF Cedric Hunter
RF Peter Bourjos
SS Freddy Galvis