For most veterans, the goal of spring training is simple: Get yourself ready for the regular season. For young players and others on the bubble, the goal is entirely different: Prove to club officials you deserve a spot on the Opening Day roster. And nobody in Nationals camp for the next month is going to fall into that latter category more than Michael Taylor.
With Denard Span all but certain to open the season on the DL, Taylor has an opportunity to seize the starting center field job. Look for him to play a whole lot there over the next few weeks, including today in Jupiter as the Nationals face the Marlins. Also look for plenty of at-bats for Tony Gwynn Jr., a veteran fall-back option who is starting in right field today.
Interesting pitching matchup, with Max Scherzer making his second start of the spring for the Nationals (he’ll…
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NL East Outlook
Washington Nationals- 1st NL East
The Washington Nationals were one of the best teams in baseball last year and this year should be the same. The adding of Max Scherzer shows that they are not playing around. The starting rotation is going to be tough for opposing hitters and the bullpen will be just as difficult. The offense should be pretty good as well. Look for Ian Desmond to have a great year along with Jason Werth. Bryce Harper needs to have a great year to help carry this team to the World Series. The one issue with this team is that they have been this good the last few years but haven’t been able to win it all. Will they break this trend or will they continue to disappoint in the postseason.
New York Mets- 2nd NL East
The Mets have struggled in recent…
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By Jim McCormick
Spring Training is an important time for managers and GM’s alike, as it is the perfect time to see how a player can perform. While stats don’t always translate to the regular season, evaluators will use the time to judge the player’s work ethic and how they impact the clubhouse. Heading into the spring, each team has positions that may have too much talent or players at the position that have not played good enough to lock up the position. Today, I will look at some of the important position battles for teams in the National League East.
Entering the 2014 season, the Braves started off the season with Dan Uggla as their starting second baseman. Uggla was released by the Braves in July of 2014 after he struggled in his…
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by Conway West 03.04.15
The NL East has seen better days. In the 1990s and 2000s, there was a 12-year stretch where the division represented the NL in the World Series 9 times. All five teams have either represented the NL in the Series or had the league’s best record in the past 16 seasons, an honor no other division holds.
At this point, the division looks weak. The division may have the two worst teams in baseball, and the second and third best teams do not look elite either. However, due to the disparity between the top tier and middle tier of teams in the National League, I predict two playoff teams from the East.
- Washington Nationals
2014: 87 wins; Steamer 2015: 91 wins; Conwaywest: 95 wins; JD Cam: 94 (1st place)
In: Max Scherzer, Yunel Escobar, Casey Janssen
Out: Tyler Clippard, Rafael Soriano, Adam LaRoche, Ross Detwiler…
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