Early 2012 NL East Predictions

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Early 2012 NL East Predictions
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Injuries and age could prevent a champagne shower for the 2012 Phillies.

We're just about halfway through spring training, and a lot can happen between now and the start of the regular season.

But it's never too early for predictions, right?

For nearly two decades now, there's been a 50-50 chance of picking the National League East champions.

All you had to do was flip a coin; heads for the Atlanta Braves, tails for the Philadelphia Phillies.

They are the only two teams who have won the division since 1993, the exception being the 2006 New York Mets.

It's worth noting that in the NL East, second place can be good enough.

The Florida (now Miami) Marlins advanced from the wild card to the World Series in 1997 and 2003, winning both. The 2000 National League champion Mets also started from the wild card,  but lost the Subway Series to the New York Yankees.

So should we just flip that Braves-Phillies coin again in 2012?

I wouldn't.

Here are my predictions for the NL East, in order of finish.

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