Then there’s the teams that made the playoffs last year that are still good. The Brewers, Cubs and Braves aren’t going anywhere. The Dodgers are going to be good like they always are and it just makes it harder and harder for the Rockies.
Does this mean I’m saying all the Rockies had to do was get a better catcher and they automatically win the World Series? No, but it would’ve helped immensely.
I still think the Dodgers and Rockies are the two best teams in the NL West by a decent margin and I think the loss of Yasmani Grandal will hurt the Dodgers more than some may realize, but I still think the Dodgers are a better team than the Rockies.
My prediction for the entire National League is that overall wins will take a hit for the big teams from last year, but only because the lower rung teams will be that much better. The divisions will be tight all year, the Marlins, Pirates, Giants and Diamondbacks should really be the only bad teams.
In the NL East, it’s going to be the closest race that division has had in almost a decade and they will likely have two playoff teams. The Central will be a three team race from start to finish and I think at least two playoff teams come out of there, as well. So what does that mean for Colorado? Yep, that’s right. To make the playoffs for a third year in a row, they will have to win a division title for the first time in their history.