MLB preview: A guide to the National League


TWO DAYS UNTIL SEASON OPENER: A Guide to the National League

National Post | Sports

Here’s a look at how the National League changed during the off-season and what to expect this year.

EAST

On the rise
Washington Nationals
It might be a little much to ask the Nationals to improve their win total for a fifth straight year (59, 69, 80, 98) but full seasons from Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg and the addition of Dan Haren and Denard Span could push them over 100.

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In decline
Miami Marlins
After a US$90-million payroll resulted in just 69 wins in 2012, the Marlins’ latest makeover has left them with Giancarlo Stanton and a lot of empty seats for his home runs to bounce off of.

MVP
Justin Upton, Braves
Yes, things are looking Upton in Atlanta, with B.J. coming in from Tampa Bay and brother Justin, three years younger, arriving from Arizona. While neither has had a true dominant season yet — though…

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