Full 2013 NL East Piece-by-Piece Preview, Predictions

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Full 2013 NL East Piece-by-Piece Preview, Predictions
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The NL East was the best division in the National League last year.

This is actually not a matter of opinion, but of record. NL East teams combined to post an average record of 83-78 in 2012, best of any of the Senior Circuit's three divisions.

The NL East's quality in 2012 was mostly thanks to the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, of course. The Nats had the best record in baseball at 98-64, and the Braves weren't very far behind at 94-68. 

The Nats and Braves once again look like the teams to beat after productive winters, but the Philadelphia Phillies haven't faded into the background just yet and both the Miami Marlins and New York Mets are hoping against hope that youth is the answer in 2013.

That's the outlook for the NL East this season in a nutshell. For a more comprehensive look at the division, all you have to do is keep reading.

Note: Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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