2009 MLB Preview - NL East
Well baseball fans in a couple of weeks pitchers and catchers will report to camp followed by position players two weeks later.
That’s right baseball season is right around the corner so we wanted to give you our predictions for the upcoming season. Being a Yankees fan I will talk about them a little later, so we will start with the NL East where the defending champs the Philadelphia Phillies call home.
Philadelphia Phillies (92-70) finished 1st in NL East
Philly looks primed to repeat as division champs. With Ryan Howard leading this team in home runs and RBI's, but he will like to cut down on his league leading 199 strikeouts.
They have Cole Hamels leading their pitching staff along with the ageless wonder Jamie Moyer. Philly also has one of the best closers in Brad Lidge. Philly looks real good right now but you never know especially since the season is so long.
New York Mets (89-73) finished 2nd in NL East
For the last two years the New York Mets have started out well but would collapse in the latter part of the season due to having their closer Billy Wagner hurt and no adequate replacement to help close games out.
Enter Francisco Rodriguez and his 62 saves from a season ago. They have a starter in Johan Santana who is a stud. He had 206 strikeouts and an ERA under three.
On offense they have a core of young talent in David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran. It will be critical for Carlos Delgado to have a good season for them to drive in runs. But we shall see if the K-Rod investment will pay dividends for them reaching the postseason.
Florida Marlins (84-77) finished 3rd in NL East
The Florida Marlins played well in 2008. They have a lot of young players with a lot of skills.
The top player for them is no doubt Hanley Ramirez. This stud had a team batting avg of .301 with 33 home runs; he is also an excellent defensive player.
They also have players like Dan Uggla, Cody Ross and Jorge Cantu.
Pitching wise they have some young firearms with Ricky Nolasco leading the way. Ricky led them in ERA, strikeouts, and wins. They will need players like Andrew Miller to step up if they want to be successful this season.
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