Atlanta Braves v New York Yankees

The National League East is once again shaping up to be a two-horse race between the Braves and Nationals. The addition of the Upton brothers makes Atlanta a slight favorite in my mind, but you can’t underestimate the Nationals, who brought back many of their important pieces to their lineup, while finally adding a true centre fielder to the mix. The Phillies season depends on the health of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley once again, while the Mets and Marlins should be good one day, just not this year.

Over the next week, we will take a look at how each team’s lineups looked to start the season in 2012 compared to the projected look for 2013 (all ZiPS projections courtesy of Fangraphs.)

We covered the NL West and NL Central, now here’s a look at the NL East.

Atlanta Braves

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. CF Michael Bourn: .274/.348/.391 1. SS Andrelton Simmons: .289/.351/.416
2. 3B Martin Prado: .301/.359/.438 2. RF Jason Heyward: .272/.360/.483
3 C Brian McCann: .230/.300/.399 3. LF Justin Upton: .289/.372/.492
4. 2B Dan Uggla: .220/.348/.384 4. 1B Freddie Freeman: .282/.358/.481
5. 1B Freddie Freeman: .259/.340/.456 5. CF B.J. Upton: .248/.329/.436
6. LF Matt Diaz: .222/.280/.333 6. 2B Dan Uggla: .238/.341/.439
7. RF Jason Heyward: .269/.335/.479 7. 3B Juan Francisco: .272/.308/.502
8. SS Tyler Pastronicky: .243/.287/.325 8. C Gerald Laird: .243/.307/.350
9. Pitcher 9. Pitcher

The Braves lineup in 2013 will look a whole lot different on Opening Day in comparison to 2012. The team added the Upton brothers to replace Bourn and Diaz in the outfielder, while Simmons will start the year with the big club and bat lead-off.

Washington Nationals

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. SS Ian Desmond: .292/.335/.511 1. CF Denard Span: .283/.342/.395
2. 2B Danny Espinosa: .247/.315/.402 2. RF Jayson Werth: .267/.367/.440
3 3B Ryan Zimmerman: .282/.346/.478 3. LF Bryce Harper: .272/.347/.476
4. 1B Adam LaRoche: .271/.343/.510 4. 3B Ryan Zimmerman: .287/.359/.486
5. RF Jayson Werth: .300/.387/.440 5. 1B Adam LaRoche: .256/.334/.471
6. LF Mark DeRosa: .188/.300/.247 6. SS Ian Desmond: .279/.326/.445
7. CF Roger Bernadina: .291/.372/.405 7. 2B Danny Espinosa: .253/.327/.434
8. C Wilson Ramos: .265/.354/.398 8. C Kurt Suzuki: .247/.306/.360
9. Pitcher 9. Pitcher

The Nationals have been looking for a centre fielder for a number of years, and came through with one this off-season, acquiring Denard Span from the Twins. The remainder of the lineup remains similar to 2012, with Bryce Harper starting the year this time around in the majors.

Philadelphia Phillies

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. CF Shane Victorino: .255/.321/.383 1. SS Jimmy Rollins: .253/.317/.411
2. 3B Placido Polanco: .257/.302/.327 2. 2B Chase Utley: .274/.372/.463
3 SS Jimmy Rollins: .250/.316/.427 3. 3B Michael Young: .294/.343/.416
4. RF Hunter Pence: .253/.319/.425 4. 1B Ryan Howard: .251/.344/.494
5. 1B Ty Wigginton: .235/.314/.375 5. LF Laynce Nix: .241/.298/.431
6. LF John Mayberry Jr: .245/.301/.395 6. RF Domonic Brown: .274/.347/.445
7. C Carlos Ruiz: .280/.365/.436 7. CF Ben Revere: .288/.331/.331
8. 2B Freddy Galvis: .245/.281/.355 8. C Erik Kratz: .255/.318/.460
9. Pitcher 9. Pitcher

The Phillies made some changes to their lineup, but they weren’t the names everyone thought they would be,  with Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourn on the free agent market. Ben Revere was acquired from the Twins for Vance Worley and Michael Young agreed to leave Texas to play third in Philly. Ryan Howard is the key to the lineup, and if his spring numbers are any indication, he looks to be back on track, and destined for a big season.

New York Mets

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. CF Andres Torres: .230/.327/.337 1. 2B Jordany Valdespin: .269/.306/.428
2. 2B Daniel Murphy: .291/.332/.403 2. CF Collin Cowgill: .269/.331/.398
3 3B David Wright: .306/.391/.492 3. RF Marlon Byrd: .265/.315/.397
4. 1B Ike Davis: .227/.308/.462 4. 1B Ike Davis: .266/.354/.511
5. LF Jason Bay: .165/.237/.299 5. LF Lucas Duda: .268/.356/.454
6. RF Lucas Duda: .239/.329/.389 6. 3B Justin Turner: .278/.344/.385
7. C Josh Thole: .234/.294/.290 7. C John Buck: .219/.298/.384
8. SS Ruben Tejada: .289/.333/.351 8. SS Ruben Tejada: .277/.338/.347
9. Pitcher 9. Pitcher

One very obvious omission from the projected Opening Day lineup in 2013 is the newly appointed captain for the Mets, David Wright, who may miss time with a rib strain. Apart from Ike Davis, the remainder of the lineup is very young and unpredictable, and losing Wright for an extended period of time could mean a long season in New York.

Miami Marlins

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. SS Jose Reyes: .287/.347/.433 1. LF Juan Pierre: .282/.336/.333
2. CF Emilio Bonifacio: .258/.330/.316 2. 3B Placido Polanco: .279/.331/.368
3 3B Hanley Ramirez: .257/.322/.437 3. RF Giancarlo Stanton: 284/.365/.605
4. RF Giancarlo Stanton: .290/.361/.608 4. C Rob Brantly: .284/.333/.413
5. LF Logan Morrison: .230/.308/.399 5. CF Justin Ruggiano: .278/.339/.456
6. 1B Gaby Sanchez: .217/.279/.341 6. 2B Donovan Solano: .251/.294/.332
7. 2B Omar Infante: .274/.300/.419 7. 1B Casey Kotchman: .260/.329/.381
8. C John Buck: .192/.297/.347 8. SS Adeiny Hechavarria: .259/.299/.359
9. Pitcher 9. Pitcher

What can you say? Giancarlo Stanton is the lone survivor of the Marlins dismantling this off-season, and even after bringing in veterans Juan Pierre and Placido Polanco, the projected lineup looks more like a minor league club. Another glance at the 2012 squad really makes you wonder what happened last season.

Comments (2)

  1. What happened to LoMo?

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