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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

**Pictured Above: Yankees Outfielder, Nick Swisher, Falling Over A Fence**

Written By: Matt Vereb

The Yankees participated in split squad games today. Half of the Yankees traveled to play the Pirates. The other half stayed home to take on the Phillies.

Game 1: Notable Players vs. Pirates:

Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderon, Alfredo Aceves

Game Result: Yankees Win, 6-0

Game Notes:

1. The pitching foursome of Aceves, Ivan Nova, Zach McAllister, and Jason Hirsch combined to one-hit the Pirates. Aceves threw four, dominant scoreless innings. He has looked extremely sharp during Spring Training. Nova, McAllister, and Hirsch all play prominent roles for the Yankees’ Double A and Triple A clubs.

2. Curtis Granderson is still hitless this spring, but did score a run in the victory.

3. Alex Rodriguez laced a two-run single in the 1st inning.

Game 2: Notable Players vs. Phillies:

Javier Vazquez, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Nick Johnson, Jorge Posada, Brett Gardner, David Robertson

Game Result: Yankees Win, 7-5

Before I begin my writeup, take a look at the Phillies lineup today:

Jimmy Rollins SS
Placido Polanco 3B
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Jayson Werth DH
Ben Francisco CF
John Mayberry Jr. RF
Carlos Ruiz C

I guess Charlie Manuel is still a little bitter from October. It’s March, Charlie. Wake up. Half of the Yankee starters are playing the Pirates. We’ll see you again in October, don’t worry.

Game Notes:

1. Javier Vazquez got the start today for the Yankees. Phillies leadoff hitter, Jimmy Rollins, hit Vazquez’s first pitch over the right field wall. After that, Javy settled in. He threw two innings, striking out four, and only allowing the one hit. Not a bad showing for Vazquez, given it is his first start of the season against a stacked lineup.

2. Outfielder Nick Swisher was 2 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs. His big 3 RBI double came off of….

3. JOSE CONTRERAS. Contreras has found himself competing for a spot in the Phillies bullepn. His line today? 1 2/3 innings, six runs, six hits, three walks.Thanks Jose.

4. David Robertson had a rough outing today, giving up two runs and three hits in only 2/3 of an inning.

Both games provided some encouraging results. A-Rod is getting the clutch hits, Vazquez pitched very well against a good lineup, Swish-Hawk is crushing the ball. We are one day closer to opening day…

Yankee Fans: Are You Encoruaged By Today’s Results?