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The Nats are another trendy pick this year, but I'm not sold on them yet either.
First off, outside of Ryan Zimmerman and to a lesser extent Wilson Ramos, the lineup is just not very impressive. Who knows what they will get out of Jayson Werth? And at this stage in his career, Mark DeRosa should not be any team's starting left fielder despite his strong spring. Adam LaRoche played less than half of last season and is returning from shoulder surgery, so it's also unknown what he will give the Nats.
Bryce Harper will join the big league club sometime this season, but he won't be ready to make an immediate impact or noticeably improve the team.
With pitching, Stephen Strasburg is elite and will be a great pitcher, but his impact will be limited by the Nationals only allowing him to pitch 160 innings. Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann are also good major league starters, but I'm not sold on Edwin Jackson.
The Nationals will be an above-average team this year, but I think they'll take the next step when Bryce Harper takes the next step, which won't be until 2013 at the earliest.
Prediction: 82-80 (fourth place, NL East)
And there you have have predictions for all 30 teams. According to these records, the Yankees, Tigers and Rangers would win divisions in the American League, and the Rays and Angels would face off in the one-game Wild Card Playoff. In the NL, the Phillies, Cardinals and Diamondbacks would take division crowns, and the Marlins and Giants would play each other in a one-game playoff.
Will these predictions come true? Check back in October. But for now, enjoy Opening Day and good luck to your teams.