March 26, 2013; Lakeland, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton (middle) laughs with left fielder Justin Upton (8) prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Bold Predictions 2013: National League East


Atlanta Braves

Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and B.J. Upton will make up the best outfield in baseball and will combine for close to 80 home runs.

Miami Marlins

After being viewed as a future powerhouse by fans in 2012, the Marlins will finish with the worst record in the National League. Being surrounded by a poor team, Giancarlo Stantonwill see less pitches to hit and not show the power numbers he has in recent years.

New York Mets

While Johan Santana stays on the decline, Matt Harvey will emerge into a bright young pitcher, and win close to 15 games on a weak Mets team.

Philadelphia Phillies

Crazy to say, but whether it’s with Michael Young or Dominic BrownRyan Howard will settle into a platoon role at some point in the year and will no longer be the everyday starting first basemen.

Washington Nationals

The National League surprise team from a season ago will fall short of making the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, but will beat out the Atlanta Braves for the division. Rafael Soriano will be one of the Cy Yucks of the National League and the Nats will realize that making him the second highest paid reliever of all time was a huge mistake.

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