This is the first in a series of divisional primers here on Getting Blanked. Odds, nuts, bolts – just the facts, ma’am. First up, the National League East.

Philadelphia Phillies

2011 record: 102-60; 1st in NL East
Manager: Charlie Manuel
General Manager: Ruben Amaro Jr.
2012 estimated Payroll: $167.7 million
Odds to win the division: favorite (-450)
Odds to win the National League: 2-1
Odds to win the World Series: 5-1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 93.5
Highest Paid Player: Cliff Lee $21.5 million
Key 2013 free agents: OF Shane Victorino, P Cole Hamels
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Roy Halladay 7.0
Canadians in camp: INF Pete Orr, OF Tyson Gillies, P Phillippe Aumont
Division Crowns since 1995: 5

Welcome aboard: RHP Jonathan Papelbon, RHP Chad Qualls, LHP Dontrelle Willis, 1B Jim Thome, INF Ty Wigginton, OF Laynce Nix, OF Juan Pierre, OF Scott Podsednik, RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP Brian Sanches.

Thanks for the memories: RHP Roy Oswalt, RHP Brad Lidge, OF Raul Ibanez, RHP Ryan Madson, OF Ross Gload, OF Ben Francisco, INF Wilson Valdez.

Atlanta Braves

2011 record: 89-73, 2nd in NL East;
Manager: Fredi Gonzalez
General Manager: Frank Wren
2012 estimated Payroll: $101.9 million
Odds to win the division: 9-1
Odds to win the National League: 10-1
Odds to win the World Series: 20/1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 86.5
Highest Paid Player: Chipper Jones $13 million
Key 2013 free agents: OF Michael Bourn
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Brian McCann 5.0
Canadians in camp: none
Division Crowns since 1995: 11

Welcome aboard: SS Tyler Pastornicky.

Thanks for the memories: RHP Derek Lowe, SS Alex Gonzalez, OF Nate McLouth, INF Brooks Conrad, RHP Scott Linebrink, LHP George Sherrill.

Washington  Nationals

2011 record: 80-81; 3rd in NL East
Manager: Davey Johnson
General Manager: Mike Rizzo
2012 estimated Payroll: $83.8 million
Odds to win the division: 9-1
Odds to win the National League: 10-1
Odds to win the World Series: 20/1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 84
Highest Paid Player: Jayson Werth $13 million
Key 2013 free agents: P Edwin Jackson
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Ryan Zimmerman 5.9
Canadians in camp: INF Mark Teahen
Division Crowns since 1995:  0

Welcome aboard: RHP Edwin Jackson, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Brad Lidge, OF Mike Cameron, INF Mark DeRosa, RHP Chad Durbin, INF-OF Mark Teahen.

Thanks for the memories: RHP Livan Hernandez, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Todd Coffey, OF Laynce Nix.

New York Mets

2011 record: 77-85; 4th in NL East
Manager: Terry Collins
General Manager: Sandy Alderson
2012 estimated Payroll: $105.9 million
Odds to win the division: 80-1
Odds to win the National League: 55-1
Odds to win the World Series: 100/1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 72.5
Highest Paid Player: Johan Santana $24 million
Key 2013 free agents: none
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: David Wright 4.7
Canadians in camp: OF Jason Bay, OF Adam Loewen, C Mike Nickeas
Division Crowns since 1995:  1

Welcome aboard: CF Andres Torres, RHP Ramon Ramirez, RHP Frank Francisco, RHP Jon Rauch, INF Ronny Cedeno, C Rob Johnson, RHP Fernando Cabrera.

Thanks for the memories: SS Jose Reyes, CF Angel Pagan, LHP Chris Capuano, C Ronny Paulino, RHP Jason Isringhausen, OF Willie Harris, 1B-OF Nick Evans, RHP Chris Young.

Miami Marlins

2011 record: 72-90; 5th in NL East
Manager: Ozzie Guillen
General Manager: Michael Hill
2012 estimated Payroll: $110 million
Odds to win the division: 7-1
Odds to win the National League: 7-1
Odds to win the World Series: 15/1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 84.5
Highest Paid Player: Hanley Ramirez $15 million
Key 2013 free agents: P Anibal Sanchez
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Giancarlo Stanton 5.7
Canadians in camp: none
Division Crowns since 1995: 0

Welcome aboard: Manager Ozzie Guillen, SS Jose Reyes, LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Carlos Zambrano, RHP Heath Bell, LHP Wade LeBlanc, RHP Chad Gaudin, OF Aaron Rowand, OF Austin Kearns.

Thanks for the memories: RHP Chris Volstad, RHP Clay Hensley, RHP Brian Sanches, RHP Burke Badenhop, C John Baker.

To have a chance of winning the East, the Phillies would need to see a healthy return to the lineup from Ryan Howard, along with  quality pitching again from the top three, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. The Nationals would need Edwin Jackson and Steven Strasburg to make at least 20 quality starts each, with Jayson Werth having a bounce back season offensively. The Marlins would need Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez to stay off the disabled list. The Braves would need their bullpen to once again allow them to win the seven inning game, and the Mets would need more than the fences to be moved in at Citi Field.

2012 Predictions:

Philadelphia Phillies 96-66
Washington Nationals 85-77
Miami Marlins 82-80
Atlanta Braves 79-83
New York Mets 72-90

Sources: bet365.com, fanGraphs.com, Baseball-Reference.com