2023 MLB National League East Predictions: Top Winner & Top Upset Plays

2023 MLB National League East Predictions: Top Winner & Top Upset Plays

This season, the National League East projects as one of Major League Baseball’s most competitive divisions. The Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies will battle it out for the top spot. Which among those three division contenders is the top pick? Also, which team warrants consideration as the NL East’s best upset play to take the division title?

Check out MLB lines and analysis to win the National League East Division in the 2023 baseball season.


2023 MLB National League East Predictions: Top Winner & Top Upset Plays

MLB Season Info | Updated MLB Odds
Duration: Thursday, Mar. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023
Number of games: 162 games
Number of teams: 30 teams


Mets’ Starting Rotation Analysis

If the Mets hadn’t signed Justin Verlander, it would be difficult to make them the top pick over favorite Atlanta and last year’s NL pennant winners, the Philadelphia Phillies.

But the New York Mets did win the Verlander sweepstakes. Sometimes pitchers that change leagues struggle to find the same form that led to past success but we shouldn’t worry about Verlander. His excellent form last season should translate no problem to the National League.

Max Scherzer is listed as the ace. Either way, the Mets boast two lockdown starters. If Kodai Senga has success in MLB, he would be the third lock down ace on the rotation.


Mets’ Batting Lineup Analysis

The Mets have power at the plate. First baseman Pete Alonso hit 40 home runs in 2022. Eduardo Escobar knocked in 20.

Francisco Lindor hit 26 dingers. Starling Marte and Brandon Nimmo both hit 16. Designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach hit 18.

For sure, NYM will have to do more than hit home runs to win games. But the fact they’ve got power up and the down the lineup means the Mets should never be out of it in the later innings. 

MLB National League East Top Pick: Mets +146 | Bet New York Mets To Win NL East
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Marlins’ Starting Rotation Analysis

What can we say about 2022 NL Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara? The Marlins’ ace posted a 2.28 ERA and .98 WHIP while throwing for a bad team.

Alcantara also struck out 207. This season, second in the rotation Jesus Luzardo could take a nice forward step. In 2022 Luzardo posted a 3.32 ERA and 1.04 WHIP

If Jesus improves upon those numbers, the Marlins’ starting rotation could surprise big time. The real key for the starting rotation, though, is Johnny Cueto.

Cueto used to be one of the most feared pitchers in baseball. If Johnny rediscovers his best stuff, the Marlins’ rotation has the chance of being special.  


Marlins’ Batting Lineup Analysis

Luis Arraez hit .316 last season. Jean Segura batted .277. After those two, it’s difficult to find which players in the lineup can get on base with regularity.

Garrett Cooper and Joey Wendle are both okay at .260 and .259. But what’s up with Jesus Sanchez batting .214 last season? Or how about DH Jorge Soler posting a .207?

No doubt, Miami’s offense must pick it up big time if the Miami Marlins hope to compete with the ATL, NYM, or the Phils.

If the bats improve, and Luzardo and Cueto help Alcantara, the Marlins could pull off a massive NL East Division upset win.

MLB National League East Underdog Pick: Marlins +4700 | Bet Miami Marlins To Win NL East
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