Chicago Cubs: Who stands in the way of the NL Pennant?
Key adds include: Shawn Kelley, Oliver Perez, Daniel Murphy, Stephen Drew, hired Dusty Baker
I’m really liking the Nationals in 2016. I’ll even go as far as to say they will win the NL East.
After dismissing Matt Williams, who many believe had a lot to do with the National’s disappointing 2015, Washington will be led by old school manager Dusty Baker. Baker is a three-time manager of the year and boasts multiple playoff appearances as well as one NL pennant to his credit.
After winning 96 games in 2014, the Nationals were picked by many as World Series favorites in 2015. After failing to reach the playoffs, changes were made and this roster is improved.
A rotation consisting of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez make the Nats primed to succeed in the NL in 2016. Washington brought back one of the game’s best closers in Jonathan Papelbon to solidify the ninth, but the rest of its patchwork bullpen may be an issue.
The most dangerous part of the Nationals comes by way of its lineup. There is depth in the infield and there is depth in the outfield. Coming off a season that granted him an NL MVP award, Bryce Harper looks to build on his ridiculous 2015 and lead his team to a division crown.
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