National League West
Los Angeles Dodgers: 93-69*
Nearly three decades since Gibson went yard,
Return to Series has proved to be hard;
The payroll is nuts,
A quarter-bill plus,
Quick exit again, thanks to the Cards.
San Francisco Giants: 86-76*
Another ring makes three in five years,
Panda was lost, but ‘MadBum’ appears;
Destined for greatness,
His stuff simply heinous,
But two through five must kick it in gear.
San Diego Padres: 84-78
Winter of spending unlike the past,
Ready to contend with their new cast;
Upton, Kemp, and Myers,
Filled their big desires,
L.A. and San Fran could be caught fast.
Colorado Rockies: 74-88
Times of late have been rough for the Rocks,
‘Tulo’ and ‘CarGo’ knock off your socks;
But that’s where it ends,
Because this team spends,
Far too much time with trips to the Doc.
Arizona Diamondbacks: 70-92
After a big step back, changes galore,
Dave Stewart, La Russa, welcomed aboard;
Fresh rotation in place,
Cuban, Tomas third base,
Competing out west will still be a chore.
National League Central
St. Louis Cardinals: 88-74*
Oscar’s dreams were nearly fulfilled,
But a tragic crash, Taveras was killed;
A future so bright,
The Cardinals will fight,
And play hard for Oscar, he would be thrilled.
Pittsburgh Pirates: 87-75*
McCutchen’s their crutch, key in the clutch,
The staff is strong, bullpen hard to touch;
Three decades have passed,
Since they were last cast,
As baseball’s champs, with Stargell and such.
Cincinnati Reds: 81-81
A steady decline has Reds on the ropes,
Semi-rebuilding, but clinging to hopes;
That things fall right this time,
Sluggers look like their prime,
But odds likely they continue down slope.
Chicago Cubs: 78-84
Cubs’ fans have waited since 1908,
Epstein and Maddon have Cubs in right state,
Still a couple years out,
But they’re on the right route,
To end the curse and finally be great.
Milwaukee Brewers: 72-90
Central’s improved, can Brewers still hang,
After standing pat with the same gang?
They’ve been in a slide,
Since Braun cheated and lied,
Time to start over, Braun is to blame.
National League East
Washington Nationals: 97-65*
The best staff ever? They’re stacked no doubt,
World Series is all this year’s about;
One last shot is the talk,
Before free agents walk,
And franchise heads for a winning drought.
Miami Marlins: 86-76
Ex-Twin Redmond has team on the rise,
MVP threat, Stanton, is the top prize;
Marlins not there yet,
But this you can bet,
Late in the year, their games will have eyes.
New York Mets: 77-85
A young rotation with high upside,
Carries the Mets, will they steer and guide;
The team to new heights,
Or freeze from bright lights?
The key, how soon can they hit their stride?
Philadelphia Phillies: 70-92
Seems like ages since ruling the roost,
Total rebuild, will Phillies be spruced?
First trade was J-Roll,
Who else will they dole,
To give the rebuild a little boost?
Atlanta Braves: 69-93
With Upton and Kimbrel dealt away,
The Braves rebuild for another day;
New park in three years,
The plan is for cheers,
To be many then, while few today.
NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals)
NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates)
NL Rookie of the Year: Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs)
NLCS: Washington over St. Louis 4-2
World Series: Washington over Seattle 4-3
*denotes playoff team