Colorado Rockies: Sizing up the rest of the National League

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SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 3: Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, center, argues a call with umpire Bruce Dreckman as Gerardo Parra #8 and A.J. Ellis #17 look on during the sixth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on April 3, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 3: Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, center, argues a call with umpire Bruce Dreckman as Gerardo Parra #8 and A.J. Ellis #17 look on during the sixth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on April 3, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 02: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals reacts after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning to score Pedro Severino #29 and Anthony Rendon #6 against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on April 2, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 02: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals reacts after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning to score Pedro Severino #29 and Anthony Rendon #6 against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on April 2, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Since the Colorado Rockies play in the NL West, we here at Rox Pile tend to pay more attention to teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are threats to the Rockies for the playoffs in the NL West. With that being said, I thought it best that we also look at the rest of the league. This is good especially since the Rockies are due to start playing out of there division against the Braves today. So let’s do a deep dive into the rest of the National League.

National League East

Washington Nationals

There’s a lot to say about this division. So let’s start with the team that always seems to stay on top: the Washington Nationals. They’re currently 4-3, which is third in the NL East, but, on paper, they are on their way to being the NL East champs. No surprise there as they have won the NL East four out of the last six seasons.

However, they still do have a problem with beating the Cubs during the postseason. It’s also Bryce Harper‘s last season before he’s a free agent, and there’s no telling if the Nats can retain him. The pitching is of course outstanding so if there is one thing to really watch with the Nats, it’s the stellar pitching. They have a decent offense in Harper and speedster Trea Turner as well as Anthony Rendon. They did hire first time manager Dave Martinez, so that might change things up as well. It would come as a surprise if they didn’t make the playoffs once again.

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