Coming into the 2012 MLB season, there seems to be two favorites in the National League East.
After winning the NL East crown for the fifth straight season, the Philadelphia Phillies should experience a much tighter race than in the past.
The team that is most likely to give them the greatest challenge is the Atlanta Braves. With a young core of players that had breakout seasons last year, the Braves hope to build off a successful, yet non-playoff, 2011 season.
With the “O’Ventbrel,” as they’re called, combination at the back end of the bullpen, along with rising stars Freddy Freeman and Jason Heyward, this may be the year the Phillies' aging roster is surpassed by the up-and-coming Braves.
Here is a rundown on how the two NL East favorites match up, position by position.