Are the Washington Nationals the team to beat in this division? Perhaps, some may say that, but our 2019 National League preview likes the Atlanta Braves to repeat. At the same time, the Philadelphia Phillies come into this season much-improved. There’s definitely a power-shift in this division. The Nats will be in it, but they enter this season with some important question marks. We pick the Braves to take the NL East and the Phillies to come in second and earn a wild card berth.
As it is with the NL East, there’s also a power-shift in the Central Division. The St. Louis Cardinals began their ascent last season, and with some major additions and various tweaks, look to complete their rise in 2019. Other teams that will battle for the top-spot in the NL Central include the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers. In fact, the Brewers finished on top of the division last season. They were a surprise. This season’s surprise in the NL Central are the St. Louis Cardinals.
Our 2019 National League preview acknowledges that the Los Angeles Dodgers are the frontrunners in this division. They have the pitching. LA may have the best staff in the National League. The one team that we think will be able to compete with the Dodgers are the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks have a good group of hitters and a sound pitching staff.
2019 National League Preview – Playoff Teams
Atlanta Braves – First Place East
St Louis Cardinals – First Place Central
Los Angeles Dodgers – First Place West
Philadelphia Phillies – Wild Card
Colorado Rockies – Wild Card
National League Pennant