MLB National League Update
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Incredibly every division in the National League couldn’t really be any closer as the pennant races now heat up.
In the East, the Phillies have a ½ game lead over the Braves but you can’t count out the Nationals who could still get on a run from 5 ½ games back, especially with them not moving Bryce Harper. Kevin Gausman was a nice addition for the Braves and might just be the move that sends the Braves to the playoffs. The Phillies on the other hand added a couple of nice bats to their lineup that will hopefully put them over the hump.
In the Central, the Cubs and the Brewers are tied at the top and you have to think the divisional winner will come from one of these two teams. The Pirates could still get involved though so write them off at your peril and they added Chris Archer (a trade predicted two years ago by Ken Rosenthal). The Cubs must get better starting pitching than they have done lately and hopefully Cole Hamels will help with that.
In the West, 3 teams are divided by just a ½ game, the Diamondbacks, the Rockies and the Dodgers. The Dodgers have recently fallen out of first but I fully expect them to be back there soon with the additions they have made and their lineup just got a lot tougher to pitch against.
According to Fangraphs.com projections, the divisional winners in the National League should be the Cubs, Phillies and the Dodgers.
I go along with these projections although I am not sure I would put my neck on the line regarding the NL East. That could seriously go to any of the three teams mentioned above and it may come down to whether the Phillies somehow find a way to win more games on the road.
With divisions this close, I wish there wasn’t wildcards to settle for.