Our 2016 Baseball Preview

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The 2016 Major League Baseball season is underway and we’ll preview the season and list the teams in the order we believe they’ll finish the season in their respective divisions.
National League East
1-New York Mets
Last year’s record: 90-72
Key newcomers: LHP Antonio Bastardo, SS Asdrubal Cabrera and 2B Neil Walker
Key losses: LHP Jon Niese, RHP Tyler Clippard, 2B Daniel Murphy and SS Ruben Tejada
2016 Outlook
The Mets arguably possess the best pitching rotation and their offense is good enough to get them to the playoffs once again. Right-handed relief pitcher Jeurys Familia is dominant when at his best.
2-Washington Nationals
Last year’s record: 83-79
Key newcomers: RHP Yusmeiro Petit, RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Trevor Gott, LHP Oliver Perez, 2B Daniel Murphy, INF Stephen Drew and CF Ben Revere
Key losses: RHP Doug Fister, RHP Drew Storen, RHP Jordan Zimmermann, CF Denard Span, SS Ian Desmond and 3B Yunel Escobar
2016 Outlook
The Nationals lost some good players during the offseason after struggling in 2015. Dusty Baker has been brought in as the new field manager.
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3-Miami Marlins
Last year’s record: 71-91
Key newcomers: RHP Edwin Jackson, LHP Wei-Yin Chen and INF Chris Johnson
Key losses: RHP Henderson Alvarez
2016 Outlook
The Marlins finished 20 games under .500 last year, but didn’t make many roster changes in the offseason. Don Mattingly is the club’s new field manager while the controversial Barry Bonds has been brought in as the new hitting coach.
4-Philadelphia Phillies
Last year’s record: 63-99
Key newcomers: RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP David Hernandez, RHP Charlie Morton, RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Vince Velasquez, LHP Brett Oberholtzer, OF Tyler Goeddel, OF Peter Bourjos, OF David Lough and OF Will Venable
Key losses: LHP Cliff Lee, RHP Jerome Williams, RHP Ken Giles, RHP Aaron Harang and OF Domonic Brown
2016 Outlook
The Phillies added a lot of pitching and outfield help. They may be a bit better this year if they can get good relief pitching and performances from the outfielders.
5-Atlanta Braves
Last year’s record: 67-95
Key newcomers: RHP Alexi Ogando, RHP Jim Johnson, RHP Bud Norris, LHP Alex Torres, OF Ender Inciarte, C Tyler Flowers and SS Erick Aybar
Key losses: RHP Edwin Jackson, RHP Shelby Miller, OF Cameron Maybin and SS Andrelton Simmons
2016 Outlook
Things don’t look good for the Braves and there’s a good chance they’ll finish in the division basement since they’re rebuilding. Their pitching rotation is questionable and the squad doesn’t have much offense other than first baseman Freddie Freeman.
You can see more of our preview in the May 2016 issue of ModelsMania