With the addition of Johan Santana, the Mets look to walk away with East. But it won’t be easy with Philadelphia and Atlanta lurking close behind.
1. New York Mets
The Mets have 4 potential MVP’s in Jose Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Santana. Reyes and newly acquired Luis Castillo provide one of the best 1-2 hitters in baseball. This should mean a lot of RBI opportunities for Wright and Beltran. Pedro Martinez and Carlos Delgado’s health is questionable. Delgado needs to improve on his career low .258 batting average from last year. The Mets have a lot to prove from last year’s historic collapse.
2. Atlanta Braves
As usual, the Braves have one of the best pitching rotations in MLB. Tim Hudson, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Mike Hampton, real nice! If anyone can take the Mets, it will be Atlanta.
Did you know that this will be Chipper Jones’ 16th season in the majors? 16 years! Hard to believe.
3. Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies have last year’s MVP (Jimmy Rollins), a former MVP (Ryan Howard), and maybe this year’s MVP (Chase Utley). However their starting pitching is horrible. Jamie Moyer may be their ace and he’s like 50 years old.
4. Washington Nationals
The Nationals have one of the best young prospects in Ryan Zimmerman, and that’s about it. They went out and added trouble their team with Paul Lo Duca, Elijah Dukes and Lastings Milledge. The latter two could develop into big league studs. They also possess no pitching, not one starter with a winning record last year.
5. Florida Marlins
No big surprise here, another rebuilding year for the Marlins giving South Florida the trifecta of horrendous professional sport franchises for the year. Very nice Keystone Combo in 2B Dan Uggla and SS Hanley Ramirez.