Right now the Mets are just 3 games back from first place, and the Phillies are below .500. This won't last for much longer. It is a essentially a 4 team race, as the Mets will likely end up sub .500. I am also not sure about the Marlins. I think they will end up slightly above .500, but I don't see them as a real threat for a playoff spot. It really comes down to Atlanta, Washington, and Philadelphia, and I would probably rank them in that order. I see Atlanta winning the division, with the Nats possibly getting a wild card berth. The Phillies offense has too many questions.
No, it is a 3 team race at most. Like I mentioned in my NL East preview, the Marlins have no pitching depth behind Johnson, and the Mets have no other good players besides Wright. The only way the Phillies stay in is if Howard and Utley both come back sometime in May, otherwise its down to the Nats and the Braves, and I think it's the Braves division to lose. The Nats have the best 1-5 rotation in the NL, but injuries to their two best power hitters in Zimmerman and Morse have crippled the middle of that lineup. They share a similar fate to the Phillies, that if they are out too long with injuries, the Braves may win by default.
Are the Nationals for real? I am a Marlins fan but have to say Washington's pitching staff scares me. Yes, the Phillies staff is scary too but until their offense is healthy, I still have my doubts. The Marlins are catching a bit of streak but their offense isn't up to par. I see Atlanta taking the division but definitely seems like its up in the air. I do see the Mets dropping off in the distance so I think its more of 3-4 man race. Sorry Met fans, just don't see the big apple taking the standings by storm.
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