Sorry, but anyone who didn't see the Nationals rising last year, especially after the Gonzalez trade, was a fool.
With the pitching talent they have, it was no surprise to me at all, that they did so well last year.
I and many others on this board put much more stock into the Nationals then that link you provided. Not to toot my own horn, but I was only wrong about the Phils. And of course the Marlins really were an enigma.
Look the bottom line is it makes perfect sense to expect another Mets 4th place finish for the next 2 years even 3. This is the logic of trading away Dickey anyway.
I think that with the elimination of Bay, Torres, Thole and Nickeas we have unloaded nothing in the way of good offense. And I think that with younger players competing for the playing time the team will be more exciting to watch then last year. Grittier and more driven.
The Nats were highly pitcher driven and everyone knows how that can go with ups and downs but especially with injuries.
The Braves haven't gotten any better they just swapped players that were dependable for more flash and more Ks
The phils have a younger outfield but the rest of the team including the pitchers are getting older and last year they were showing some cracks.
Like always Baseball is unpredictable and we will have to see what happens on the field over the course of 162 games.