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New Year's Position by Position Breakdown of The NL East

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 6:  Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals scores as catcher John Baker #21 of the Florida Marlins waits for the throw during their MLB game on August 6, 2009 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tom RossiterContributor IDecember 31, 2009

Every year I like to do a position by position ranking of the NL East. So here is this years, so far. I will give each team a ranking by using a 5-1 ranking by position, 5 being the best at the positions in the division, 1 being the worst, and tallying the totals at the end.

Catcher - McCann, Pudge, Baker, Blanco, Ruiz/Schneider

First Base - Howard, Dunn, Glaus, Cantu, Murphy

Second Base - Utley, Uggla, Prado, Castillo, Harris

Short Stop - Hanley, Escobar, Rollins, Reyes, Gonzalez

Third Base - Zimmerman, Wright, Chipper, Polanco, Sanchez

Left Field - Bay, Ibanez, Coghlan, Willingham, Diaz

Center Field - Beltran, Victorino, McLouth, Morgan, Maybin

Right Field - Werth, Ross, Francoeur, Melky, Dukes

So offensively here are the totals:

Phillies: 29

Braves: 24

Mets: 24

Marlins: 23

Nationals: 20

For Starting Pitching, I will rank the entire 25 projected starters for the division. The best with 25, worst with 1.

25 Halladay, 24 Santana, 23 Johnson, 22 Jurrjens, 21 Hanson, 20 Hudson, 19 Hamels, 18 Happ, 17 Nolasco, 16 Marquis, 15 Kawakami,  14 Blanton,  13 Lowe, 12 Moyer, 11 Lannan, 10 Pelfrey, 9 Sanchez, 8  Maine, 7 Zimmerman, 6 Perez, 5 West, 4 Stammen, 3 Niese, 2 VandenHurk, 1 Olsen

Braves - 91

Phillies - 88

Marlins - 60

Mets - 51

Nationals - 39


Just my opinions. Let's here some thoughts in the comment section!

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