Insights into the opponents of Mets in the competitive NL East


Dan Martin from the Post breaks up the opponents of Mets & # 39; NL East:

Atlanta Braves

2019: 97-65
Manager: Brian Snitker (fifth year)
Frühlingstrainingsort: Nordhafen, Fla.

Important additions: The Braves didn't seem to need another full-back, but they still signed Marcell Ozuna. Cole Hamels arrived like Ozuna to strengthen the rotation. Lefty Will Smith slips into the Bullpen after two outstanding seasons with the Giants – along with Darren O’Day and Chris Martin, who were both brought back. Ex-Met Travis d’Arnaud, fresh from a relaxing season with Tampa Bay, will be behind the plate.

Marcell Ozuna
Marcell OzunaPaul J. Bereswill

Major losses: Josh Donaldson declined a qualified offer from Atlanta and signed a four-year contract with Minnesota, although Atlanta tried to sign him for several years. Dallas Keuchel signed with the White Sox and Julio Teheran joined the Angels as a free agent.

Storylines to look at: The Braves will spend their spring training in North Port after moving out of Disney last spring. Third base is worrying after Donaldson has left and Johan Camargo or potential Austin Riley are competing for the job – unless they can trade for Nolan Arenado from the Rocky Mountains or Kris Bryant from the Cubs.

Philadelphia Phillies

2019: 81-81
Manager: Joe Girardi (first season)
Frühlingstrainingsort: Clearwater, Fla.

Important additions: The revised Phillies look very much like New York. Girardi replaces Gabe Kapler as manager and Didi Gregorius and Zack Wheeler as freelance agents.

Major losses: Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco have left the infield and Corey Dickerson has left the outfield while ex-left handed Jason Vargas has not been brought back.

Storylines to look at: Girardi has had a long success in the Bronx and returns to the field after two seasons. He will take over a Phillies team, which after a disappointing 2019 with a result of 0.500 after Bryce Harper's big commitment and trading in J.T. Realmuto.

The Mets will see many Didi Gregorius and Zack Wheeler this season.
The Mets will see many Didi Gregorius and Zack Wheeler this season.AP

Washington Nationals

2019: 93-69
Manager: Dave Martinez (third year)
Frühlingstrainingsort: West Palm Beach, Fla.

Important additions: The Nationals brought a pair of veteran bats to the right of the infield, with Eric Thames first and Starlin Castro second. Right-handed Will Harris, who was excellent in Houston a year ago, comes in the bullpen. Her most important commitment as a free agent was to get Stephen Strasburg back into star rotation.

Major losses: Anthony Rendon led the Nationals in almost every offensive category last year when the third baseman led them to their first World Series title, but he signed with the Angels.

Former Marlin and Yankee Starlin Castro signed with relatives during the off-season.
Former Marlin and Yankee Starlin Castro signed with relatives during the off-season.Getty Images

Storylines to look at: How do the Nationals overcome the loss of Rendon? They'll need 21-year-old Juan Soto to develop into one of the major's best hitters, and they'll see Carter Kieboom, who celebrated an 11-game cameo with Washington last year.

Miami Marlins

2019: 57-105
Manager: Don Mattingly (season five)
Frühlingstrainingsort: Jupiter, Fla.

Important additions: After a season with 57 victories, the Marlins led by Derek Jeter were able to add some solid veterans to their lineup with Jonathan Villar, Corey Dickerson and Jesus Aguilar as well as with Matt Joyce and Francisco Cervelli. That should give the offensive more pop. In the bullpen they got Brandon Kintzler and Yimi Garcia.

Major losses: The Marlins' four main crimes were all ex-Yankees: Starlin Castro, Neil Walker, Martin Prado and Curtis Granderson. Wei-Yin Chen, a colossal disappointment in the rotation, was released – although he still owed $ 22 million, a departure for the frugal Marlins.

Storylines to look at: If the marlins don't improve noticeably this season, it could lead to an uncomfortable situation between two Yankees legends, team CEO Jeter and manager Mattingly. Miami also has high hopes for 23-year-old second division Isan Diaz.