2014 NL East Preview And Predictions
Sep 17, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielderBryce Harper
(34) scores the first run of the game against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit:Brad Mills
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1) Washington Nationals: 90-72
As hard as it is for me to acknowledge (being that I grew up not only a Mariners fan but also a Braves fan) the Nationals, if healthy, should win this division and win it fairly comfortably.
Another year has gone by, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper should only be better than 2013.
To add to their rotation, the Nationals acquired Doug Fister (remember him Mariners fans?) who in the three years since leaving Seattle is 32-20 with a 3.29 ERA and a 9.9 WAR.
Heading to the National League can only help to improve Fister’s numbers.
The Nats will fall to the Braves this season if health is an issue, as it was in 2013. But if this team can stay healthy, they should be putting on a nightly show in our Nation’s Capital.