Washington Nationals: Five Bold Predictions

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Oct 01, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals fans celebrate after clinching the National League east title at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

4. The Nationals will win the NL East

If you look on paper it’s pretty clear that the Nationals have the most talent in the National League East. But it’s still tough to predict what will happen, especially with injuries. Injuries are one of the reasons I have the Nats winning the east. The Braves have lost two starters (Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen) to Tommy John already. They are now relying on guys like Aaron Harang to hold the back end of the rotation. Other than the Braves, I question the Phillies’ health and depth and the Mets don’t have the rotation or bullpen. Lastly, the Marlins don’t have the lineup to compete with the Nats.