The Nationals are by far the most superior team in the division, and without any disasters, they’ll win it for the third consecutive year. The Braves and Phillies are both trending upward, and either team could shock the National League with a Wild Card if all goes right.
Then there are the Marlins, who are in the midst of an offseason fire sale and will likely round out not only the division, but perhaps the entire league.
The Mets are a question mark, though. At one time, a Nationals-Mets rivalry was brewing. New York won the NL East in 2015, setting us up for an exciting few years of Noah Syndergaard-Bryce Harper matchups with games, series and postseason births on the line.
Except that’s not what’s happened.
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