As we head toward the start of the 2011 MLB season, it’s time to start previewing the NL East.
Instead of just giving a projection for each team, I’ll rank all of the projected starters at every position, leading up to the final predictions.
The catchers are up first, and as with the division in general, the Braves and Phillies are battling for the top spot. Brian McCann and Carlos Ruiz were 1-2 in the National League in WAR for catchers this past season (and Ruiz actually had a higher wOBA), but who will perform better in 2011?
The WAR data used is from FanGraphs and all 2011 projections are from Bill James (via FanGraphs)