Fresh Outlooks: NL East

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Standings:

  1. Atlanta Braves: 98-64, last season 88-73 and 1st.

  2. Philadelphia Phillies: 90-72, last season 82-80 and 2nd

  3. New York Mets: 85-77, last season 77-85 and 3rd

  4. Miami Marlins: 70-92, last season 67-95 and 4th

  5. Washington Nationals: 60-102, last season 65-97 and 5th


Let's give a warm welcome out west to the following players who will take the Diamond for their new teams. (Note these are players who will have an impact on their squad going into the new season)

Welcome to the NL East:

  1. Atlanta Braves: C Manny Pina, UTL Orlando Arcia, 1B Matt Olson(Ext), RHP Collin McHugh, OF Eddie Rosario, RHRP Kenley Jansen,

  2. Philadelphia Phillies: RHRP Corey Knebel, RHRP Jeurys Familia, LHRP Brad Hand, OF/DH Kyle Schwarber, OF Nick Castellanos,

  3. New York Mets: RHP Max Scherzer, INF Eduardo Escobar, OF Starling Marte, OF Mark Canha, OF Nick Plummer, LHRP Adam Ottavino,

  4. Miami Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara(ext), OF Jorge Soler, LHRP Richard Blier(ext),

  5. Washington Nationals: INF Cesar Hernandez, RHRP Steve Cishek, UTL Ehire Adrianza, DH Nelson Cruz, RHRP Sean Doolittle,

It's time to say goodbye to some players whose impact will be missed by their previous teams.

Goodbye:

  1. Atlanta Braves: OF Christian Pache, C Shea Langeliers, 1B Freddie Freeman, OF Jorge Soler, OF Joc Pederson

  2. Philadelphia Phillies: RHRP Hector Nerris, RHP Vince Velasquez, OF/DH Andrew McCutchen, RHRP Archie Bradley

  3. New York Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman, LHP Steve Matz, RHP Noah Syndergaard, LHRP Aaron Loup, SS Javy Baez,

  4. Miami Marlins: OF Corey Dickerson,

  5. Washington Nationals: None of note.

Each team in this Division has stars, and let's figure out who the most likely MVP candidates are from each team going into the season. These are the guys who will create the most fireworks for their teams.

MVP Award Candidates:

  1. Atlanta Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies

  2. Philadelphia Phillies: OF Bryce Harper

  3. New York Mets: SS Francisco Lindor

  4. Miami Marlins: OF Jorge Soler

  5. Washington Nationals: OF Juan Soto

Now that we looked at the most prestigious batter's award let's look at the most prestigious pitching Award and candidates from each team in the NLW.

Cy Young Candidates:

  1. Atlanta Braves: LHP Max Fried

  2. Philadelphia Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola

  3. New York Mets: RHP Max Scherzer

  4. Miami Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara

  5. Washington Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin

Please keep your eyes glued on the below players because they are ready to show out during the 2022 season. Just trust me.

Break Out Player:

  1. Atlanta Braves: OF Guillermo Heredia

  2. Philadelphia Phillies: RHRP Nick Nelson

  3. New York Mets: 1B Dominic Smith

  4. Miami Marlins: 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.

  5. Washington Nationals: OF Thomas Lane

Everyone in the MLB has to overcome adversity at some point and time in their career. For these guys, that point in their careers is 2022

Comeback Player Candidates:

  1. Atlanta Braves: OF/DH Marcell Ozuna,

  2. Philadelphia Phillies: SS Didi Gregorius

  3. New York Mets: DH/INF Robinson Cano

  4. Miami Marlins; LHP Jesus Luzardo

  5. Washington Nationals: 1B Josh Bell

You might have heard of these guys; you might not have. After impressive 2021 from these young guns, we got a sample of what is to come. Keep them on your radars going into 2022

Rookie of the Year Candidates:

  1. Atlanta Braves: LHP Kyle Muller

  2. Philadelphia Phillies: LHP Bailey Falter

  3. New York Mets: RHP Tylor Megill

  4. Miami Marlins: RHP Edward Cabrera

  5. Washington Nationals: C Keibert Ruiz

Manager of the Year:

Braves Brian Snitker

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2022 Prediction:

The thump in the Phillies lineup can cause opposing pitching nightmares; the Braves' consistency and the overall well-rounded team have me locking them in again to win the Division here. The Met would be a strong player, but no deGrom for the first month or two of the season HURTS! The Braves win the Division and crush the competition deep into the playoffs. With all the pop, the Phillies homer their way into the playoffs while the Mets sit comfortably in 3rd with this payroll they have. The Marlins and Nationals could honestly be a fight for 4th, and then one has to lose more, and that's how I see the NL East shaking down.

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