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Updated: June 29, 2011 12:23AM



NL EAST

Philadelphia Phillies

2010: 97-65, first place, lost in NLCS.

Manager: Charlie Manuel (7th season).

They’re Here: LHP Cliff Lee, 2B Luis Castillo, OF-INF Delwyn Young, INF Michael Martinez.

They’re Gone: OF Jayson Werth, RHP Chad Durbin, LHP Jamie Moyer.

Projected Lineup: CF Shane Victorino (.259, 18 HRs, 69 RBIs, 34 SBs), 3B Placido Polanco (.298, 6, 52), SS Jimmy Rollins (.243, 8, 41), 1B Ryan Howard (.276, 31, 108), LF Raul Ibanez (.275, 16, 83), RF Ben Francisco (.268, 6, 28), C Carlos Ruiz (.302, 8, 53), 2B Wilson Valdez (.258, 4, 35) or Luis Castillo (.235, 0, 17 in 86 games).

Rotation: RH Roy Halladay (21-10, 2.44 ERA, 219 Ks, NL Cy Young winner), LH Cliff Lee (12-9, 3.18), RH Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.76), LH Cole Hamels (12-11, 3.06, 211 Ks), RH Joe Blanton (9-6, 4.82).

Outlook: The Phillies entered spring training as the consensus favorites to win the World Series, but injuries to Utley, Brown and Polanco have depleted an offense that is coming off a down year.

Atlanta Braves

2010: 91-71, second place, wild card.

Manager: Fredi Gonzalez (1st season).

They’re Here: 2B Dan Uggla, 1B Freddie Freeman, RHP Scott Linebrink, LHP George Sherrill, INF-OF Joe Mather.

They’re Gone: INF-OF Omar Infante, LHP Billy Wagner, 1B Derrek Lee, OF Melky Cabrera, OF Matt Diaz, 1B Troy Glaus, RHP Takashi Saito, LHP Mike Dunn, RHP Kyle Farnsworth, OF Rick Ankiel.

Projected Lineup: LF Martin Prado (.307, 15, 66), CF Nate McLouth (.190, 6, 24), 3B Chipper Jones (.265, 10, 46), 2B Dan Uggla (.287, 33, 105), C Brian McCann (.269, 21, 77), RF Jason Heyward (.277, 18, 72), SS Alex Gonzalez (.250, 23, 88), 1B Freddie Freeman (.319, 18, 87 at Triple-A).

Rotation: RHP Derek Lowe (16-12, 4.00), RH Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.33), RH Tim Hudson (17-9, 2.83), RH Jair Jurrjens (7-6, 4.64), RH Brandon Beachy (0-2, 3.00 ERA for Braves; 5-1, 1.73 ERA at Double-A, Triple-A).

Outlook: The Braves added a much-needed right-hander power hitter in Uggla, but they don’t have much speed, their closer situation is unsettled, and they have a new manager for the first time in over 20 years.

Florida Marlins

2010: 80-82, third place.

Manager: Edwin Rodriguez (1st full season).

They’re Here: INF Omar Infante, RHP Javier Vazquez, C John Buck, RHP Shawn Hill, RHP Ryan Webb, RHP Edward Mujica, LHP Mike Dunn, LHP Randy Choate, LHP Dustin Richardson, INF Greg Dobbs.

They’re Gone: 2B Dan Uggla, OF Cameron Maybin, LHP Renyel Pinto, RHP Jose Veras, RHP Jorge Sosa, LHP Will Ohman, LHP Taylor Tankersley, C Ronny Paulino, INF Chad Tracy, OF Brett Carroll.

Projected Lineup: CF Chris Coghlan (.268, 5, 28), 2B Omar Infante (.321, 8, 47), SS Hanley Ramirez (.300, 21, 76, 32 SBs), RF Mike Stanton (.259, 22, 59), LF Logan Morrison (.283, 2, 18), 1B Gaby Sanchez (.273, 19, 85), C John Buck (.281, 20, 66), 3B Emilio Bonifacio (.261, 0, 10, 12 SBs).

Rotation: RH Josh Johnson (11-6, NL-leading 2.30 ERA), RH Ricky Nolasco (14-9, 4.51), RH Anibal Sanchez (13-12, 3.55), Chris Volstad (12-9, 4.58), RH Javier Vazquez (10-10, 5.32).

Outlook: Second-year big leaguers Stanton, Morrison and Gaby Sanchez provide a firm foundation, the rotation anchored by Johnson should be a strength, and the bullpen looks much improved.

New York Mets

2010: 79-83, fourth place.

Manager: Terry Collins (1st season).

They’re Here: RHP Chris Young, LHP Chris Capuano, C Ronny Paulino, RHP D.J. Carrasco, LHP Tim Byrdak, RHP Taylor Buchholz, OF Scott Hairston, RHP Jason Isringhausen, OF Willie Harris, 2B Brad Emaus, RHP Pedro Beato, INF Chin-lung Hu.

They’re Gone: 2B Luis Castillo, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Pedro Feliciano, LHP Hisanori Takahashi, C Henry Blanco, RHP John Maine, OF Chris Carter, RHP Elmer Dessens, INF-OF Fernando Tatis, LHP Raul Valdes, RHP Sean Green, 2B Joaquin Arias.

Projected Lineup: SS Jose Reyes (.282, 11, 54, 30 SBs), CF Angel Pagan (.290, 11, 69, 37 SBs), 3B David Wright (.283, 29, 103), RF Carlos Beltran (.255, 7, 27), LF Jason Bay (.259, 6, 47), 1B Ike Davis (.264, 19, 71), C Josh Thole (.277, 3, 17) or Ronny Paulino (.259, 4, 37), 2B Brad Emaus (.290, 15, 75 in Double-A and Triple-A).

Rotation: RH Mike Pelfrey (15-9, 3.66), LH Jonathon Niese (9-10, 4.20), RH R.A. Dickey (11-9, 2.84), RH Chris Young (2-0, 0.90 in 4 starts), LH Chris Capuano (4-4, 3.95).

Outlook: With ace Johan Santana expected to be sidelined until at least mid-to-late summer, the rotation looks thin. And there are major question marks at 2B, C and middle relief.

Washington Nationals

2010: 63-93, last place.

Manager: Jim Riggleman (2nd full season).

They’re Here: OF Jayson Werth, 1B Adam LaRoche, LHP Tom Gorzelanny, RHP Todd Coffey, OF Rick Ankiel, INF-OF Jerry Hairston Jr., INF Alex Cora, PH Matt Stairs.

They’re Gone: 1B Adam Dunn, OF Josh Willingham, OF Nyjer Morgan, 2B Adam Kennedy, INF-OF Willie Harris, C Wil Nieves, OF Justin Maxwell, RHP Miguel Batista, LHP Scott Olsen, RHP Tyler Walker.

Projected Lineup: SS Ian Desmond (.269, 10, 65), RF Jayson Werth (.296, 27, 85), 3B Ryan Zimmerman (.307, 25, 85), 1B Adam LaRoche (.261, 25, 100), LF Michael Morse (.289, 15, 41), CF Rick Ankiel (.232, 6, 24), C Ivan Rodriguez (.266, 4, 49), 2B Danny Espinosa (.214, 6, 15).

Rotation: RH Livan Hernandez (10-12, 3.66 ERA), LH John Lannan 8-8, 4.65), RH Jason Marquis (2-9, 6.60), RH Jordan Zimmermann (1-2, 4.94), LH Tom Gorzelanny (7-9, 4.09).

Outlook: Stephen Strasburg is coming off reconstructive surgery and may not pitch this season and the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, OF Bryce Harper, looked great this spring and should start the season in Class A.



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