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Some sports books have released MLB win totals. Over the next few days, we’ll analyze the win totals by division and comments where we see some value. Today, we’ll focus on the National League East:

The odds-makers believe that Washington will run away with the National League East title. After adding Max Scherzer to an already loaded rotation, it’s hard not to envision Washington not only winning the NL East, but winning the National League itself. 

Washington

As mentioned above, Washington is easily the best team in the National League. Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg can match-up against any team. Washington’s offense, which is led by Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper, is very solid. The rest of the NL East isn’t in Washington’s class.

New York

Hopes are very high for the Mets. Matt Harvey will return, Michael Cuddyer was signed to provide veteran leadership, and David Wright is 100% healthy after a pesky shoulder injury limited him last season. It’s been a very long-time since the Yankees and Mets were projected to win the same amount of games. The Mets have a golden opportunity to be the toast of the town.

Miami

Miami made Giancarlo Stanton its $325 million man, but its other moves have gone surprisingly unnoticed. Miami traded for Martin Prado and Mat Latos while inking Michael Morse in free agency. Its ace, Jose Fernandez, will be out until mid-June. 

Atlanta

With the exception of Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta lost nearly all of its talented players. Justin Upton and Jason Heyward were traded away while Aaron Harang and Ervin Santana, who threw nearly 400 innings, left via free agency. Julio Teheran and Alex Wood will be expected to lead this rotation.

Philadelphia

The Phillies are years away from competing. The Phillies may trade away Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee,  which would push Philadelphia deeper into its rebuilding process.

Observations:

  • Despite adding Scherzer, the odds-makers are projecting Washington to win fewer games. The odds-makers are still bullish on Miami even without the presence of Fernandez. None of these lines offer a lot of value, but I would bet on our hometown, New York Mets. The Mets may not make the playoffs, but winning 82-85 games would be a huge improvement and a building block for next season.

Best Bet:

  • Mets Over 81.5 Wins

Marlins relief pitcher Burke Badenhop singled in the winning run off Ryota Igarashi in the 11th inning with 2 outs to lead the Marlins to a 2-1 win over the Mets.  The loss drops the Mets to 19-22.

Before the game started, the Mets learned that David Wright would be missing some time due to a stress fracture in his lower back.  After waiting through a rain delay that prolonged the start of the game, the Mets finally took the field.  From there, Mike Pelfrey and Josh Johnson would lock into a pitcher’s duel.  The Mets drew first blood, with Justin Turner’s RBI double in the 4th inning.  But the Marlins would tie the game at 1 on Mike Stanton’s solo blast to lead off the 7th.

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It’s finally June and top tier baseball prospects have been getting promoted all across the majors. Chris Coghlan made his major league debut last June and went on to win the NL Rookie of the Year award. You’ve heard about Buster Posey, Mike Stanton, and Stephen Strasburg, but who deserves the rookie of the week merit this week?

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