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2013 Preview: The National League East

Mar 29, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

MLB-Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals

For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East.

The Washington Nationals; 2012 season ended with a fall-from-ahead playoff loss, but let’s not forget that they won more games than anyone last year and seem loaded for bear once again. Are they the best team in baseball right now?

The Braves got the Upton brothers but they lost Chipper Jones and Martin Prado. Does that translate to the playoffs once again?

The squad the Phillies assembled a couple of years ago seemed like it’d be poised to compete for a good long while. But last year injury and age caught up with them. Was that a bump in the road or the beginning of the end of the Halladay-Lee-Hamels-Howard-Utley-Rollins core?

The Mets are coming out of years of financial misery. How long until their on-the-field fortunes turn as well?

The Marlins introduced a whole new look in 2012 then, in gutting payroll and trading away half the roster, they reverted to old form rather abruptly. What, if anything, is worth watching in Miami?

Below are our team-by-team previews for the NL East as well as our HBT Extra feature on the division. Enjoy.

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  1. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    What, if anything is worth watching in Atlanta?

    • zzalapski - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      More than anything worth watching in Miami, apparently. I mean, at least the Braves don’t have to shill tickets for *Opening Day* on freakin’ Groupon.

      (For any Braves fans who would make the trek for this deal, you’re welcome.)

  2. dkphilly1122 - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    This coming from a Marlins fan……..Does Miami still even have a baseball team?? After they trade Stanton Miami will fall off the map. The Braves at least put a good team on the field for the FANS that actually show up at games. The Marlins attendance is a joke like there owner and team.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      If you are a marlins fan, then I’m a braves fan

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:11 AM

      Marlins did a LOT better then you think, when the smoke clears you basically got rid of a lot of washed up players and sent them to the bluejays. You were never gonna win with that bunch trust me and the jays won’t either.

  3. bricktop02 - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    The real housewives of Atlanta is worth watching.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    How did we get to Atlanta from this post anyway?

  5. mtr75 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    The Mets are coming out of years of financial misery? Obviously you’re not paying much attention to the Mets. The Mets are going to be in financial misery for as long as the Wilpons own the team.

  6. buffalomafia - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I think the Braves could win division?

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Lets see the phillies and muts suck, um hey if the jays were in this division they probably could finish 3rd for a change!!

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