2015 Season Predictions
On paper, Washington is the best team in baseball, and frankly, I’m not sure it is close.
However, the Nationals have been heavy favorites in the past with subpar results, and skeptics will surround the club until they finally break through on the biggest stage. The rotation is the best in baseball, the young core of position players (led by Harper and Rendon) is on par with anyone around the league, and even the supporting cast is strong.
The biggest factor in Washington’s projected success happens to be the fact that they play in a division populated by the Braves, Marlins, Mets and Phillies. In fairness, one of those four teams could conceivably make a run toward 85 wins, but none of them are set up for a legitimate run at the Nationals in the standings, and Washington should be given every opportunity to beat up on their rivals throughout the season.
Anything short of a runaway NL East victory and a deep playoff run will be a disappointment in Washington, but the talent level speaks for itself. This is a World Series contender.
Projection: 99-63 (1st in NL East)