1. N.Y. METS 2. WASHINGTON 3. MIAMI 4. PHILADELPHIA 5. ATLANTA
The biggest question with the Mets’ young pitching (Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz) is health; all but deGrom have had Tommy John surgery at some point. So has Zack Wheeler, a former top-25 overall prospect; if he returns in June as expected, the Mets probably get better. The offense isn’t great, but the Mets replaced postseason hero Daniel Murphy nicely with second baseman Neil Walker, plus managed to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes. Don’t count out the Nationals in a post-hype year; the rotation of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Joe Ross and Tanner Roark is rock solid, and right fielder Bryce Harper might be the best player in the game. The Nats also added Murphy from the Mets, and elite shortstop prospect Trea Turner will likely contribute this year. Perhaps new manager Dusty Baker can find a recipe here that Matt Williams couldn’t.