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Washington Nationals (25-13)

If there’s a sure thing in mid-May, it’s the Washington Nationals.

Yes, injuries can hit. The Nats already lost center fielder Adam Eaton to a busted ACL.

But with an MVP-esque Bryce Harper leading baseball’s highest-scoring offense and Max Scherzer at the helm of a strong starting rotation, Washington is the odds-on favorite in the NL East.

They probably need to trade for a closer at some point, then set their sights on finally getting past the division series.

Playoff Odds: 1 to 2

New York Mets (16-22)

Injuries in the starting rotation have once again derailed the New York Mets, with ace Noah Syndergaard and lefty Steven Matz both on the disabled list.

Add the on- and off-field struggles of ex-stud Matt Harvey, and the Mets’ former strength has turned into a glaring liability.

Oh, and slugger Yoenis Cespedes is hurt, too.

A health renaissance could possibly nudge New York into the wild-card mix. At the moment, however, things are bleak in Queens.

Playoff Odds: 10 to 1

Atlanta Braves (15-21)

The Atlanta Braves moved into a shiny new stadium, but have played the part of a rebuilding also-ran.

First baseman Freddie Freeman is swinging like an MVP candidate, while veterans such as Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis can boost their trade value with continued production.

The biggest question for the Braves, though, is whether shortstop and preseason NL Rookie of the Year favorite Dansby Swanson can get on track after hitting a scant .194.

Playoff Odds: 40 to 1

Philadelphia Phillies (14-22)

The Philadelphia Phillies have some bright young pitching talent, but their staff is tied with San Diego for 25th in baseball with a 4.69 ERA. 

They’ve also lost eight of their last 10 and are a dismal 6-14 on the road.

There are bright spots in the lineup, including second baseman Cesar Hernandez, and reasons for optimism in the future.

In the present, the Phils aren’t going to play past Game 162.

Playoff Odds: 40 to 1

Miami Marlins (14-24)

In typical Miami Marlins fashion, the potential sale of the team has overshadowed any doings on the field. Maybe that’s for the best.

Miami boasts an enviable outfield troika in Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton, but the pitching has been dismal.

With so much uncertainty surrounding the franchise, it’s unlikely reinforcements are on the way. Expect more angst in South Beach. What else is new?

Playoff Odds: 40 to 1

   

All statistics current as of Tuesday and courtesy of MLB.com and Baseball Reference.



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