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National League East – MLB Division Guide

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Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves Key Info

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  • Established: 1871
  • Ballpark: Truist Park
  • AAA Affiliate: Gwinnett Stripers
  • World Series Titles: 3 (1914, 1957, 1995)
  • Value: 8 Billion (Forbes, 2020)
  • Official Atlanta Braves Website

Among this franchise’s many claims to fame, the Braves are the “oldest continuously operating professional sports franchise in America.” The organization began playing in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings in the South End Grounds, a complex in Boston that had three fields on site.  

Through other aliases such as the Red Caps and the Doves, they moved around but remained in Beantown until transitioning to Milwaukee in 1953. The Braves stint in Cream City lasted 13 seasons before a second transition: this time to Atlanta.

Based in the A-T-L since 1966, the Braves went on an absolute tear in the 90s and into the 2000s. Starting with back-to-back-to-back NL West titles from 1991-1993. The “Bravos” finished 2nd in the strike-shortened 1994 season – which happened to be their inaugural year in the NL East.

And the lid popped off.

From 1995-2005, Atlanta captured the NL East an eye-popping 10 straight times – becoming the first team from the Major professional sports leagues in the US (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) to register 10 consecutive division titles. Only the New England Patriots have accomplished this feat since.

The Braves won four NL Pennants in the 1990’s decade. However, just one of those triumphs translated into a World Series Title (1995). David Justice and Terry Pendleton passed the torch to Chipper Jones, but it was Bobby Cox’s formidable pitching staff that enabled this team to flourish.

Case in point – Greg Maddux won four straight Cy Young Awards from 1992-1995, John Smoltz won the Cy in 1996, and Tom Glavine won the Cy in 1998.

The best Brave of all-time is the legendary Hank Aaron, a man whose list of accolades is as impressive as anyone’s in this sport. Among his highlights are the following.

  • 755 HR (2nd all-time)
  • 2,297 RBI (Most of all-time)
  • 6,856 Total Bases (Most of all-time)
  • 3,771 Hits (3rd all-time)

Recent Records and Stats for the Atlanta Braves

Shifting gears to what the Braves have been up to lately, this is a team led by Brian Snitker that has taken command of the NL East Division.

Season Wins Losses NL East Finish Playoffs Batting Avg. Home Runs ERA
2020 35 25 1st Lost in NLCS .268 103 4.41
2019 97 65 1st Lost in NLDS .258 249 4.19
2018 90 72 1st Lost in NLDS .257 175 3.75
2017 72 90 3rd No .265 165 4.72

They won their third consecutive NL East title in 2020 and landed 2nd in all of the Majors in home runs and batting average.

Freddie Freeman won the NL MVP, Marcell Ozuna nearly won the Triple Crown (1st in HR, 1st in RBI, 3rd in BA) – all while Ronald Acuna Jr. was cementing his status as one of the five best players in baseball.

Armed with one of the best pitching staffs in the MLB, Atlanta will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.

Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins Key Info

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  • Established: 1993
  • Ballpark: Marlins Park
  • AAA Affiliate: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
  • World Series Titles: 2 (1997, 2003)
  • Value: 980 Million (Forbes, 2020)
  • Official Miami Marlins Website

The Miami Marlins have a knack for pulling off the unexpected. Jim Leyland guided the Marlins to a thrilling World Series victory in the franchise’s fifth year of existence.

Six years later, Jack McKeon piloted Miami to another World Series celebration after upsetting a loaded Yankees team in six games.

This organization had it good for their first 11 years they were in the league, but the tide quickly turned on the Fish following their second WS.

From 2004-2019, Miami missed out on October baseball completely. They suffered 10 losing seasons in a row from 2010-2019. Given the lack of committed fans in and around South Beach, it’s no surprise that the Marlins are the only team in Major League Baseball valued under $1 billion.

Now for some good news.

Miami ended their playoff drought in 2020, which again was incredibly unforeseen. Don Mattingly’s bunch went 57-105 the year before and were projected with the lowest win total in the National League.

Derek Jeter took over as the team’s CEO (also a part-owner) in 2017 and has made a series of questionable decisions regarding the direction of the franchise.

Seeking assistance on roster-related decisions, the HOF shortstop hired Kim Ng in 2020. The former softball player at the University of Chicago became the first female GM in the history of Major professional sports leagues in America.

Recent Records and Stats for the Miami Marlins

Only the hardcore Marlins fans have been able to put up with the team’s nonsensical approach over the last few years.

Perhaps emerging out of the cellar and posting a record over .500 in 2020 will bring the casual fans back into the mix.

Season Wins Losses NL East Finish Playoffs Batting Avg. Home Runs ERA
2020 31 29 2nd Lost in NLDS .244 60 4.86
2019 57 105 5th No .241 146 4.74
2018 63 98 5th No .237 128 4.76
2017 77 85 2nd No .267 194 4.82

There’s not one single facet of the game that you can point to that sums up the shortcomings of the Marlins as a whole. Even in 2020, when they beat the Cubs in the wild card round, Miami’s team batting average and team ERA were both well below average during the season.

Miami’s 60 home runs were the 5thfewest in all of baseball in 2020, and that’s actually an improvement. The Marlins clocked in dead last in total HRs in both 2018 and 2019.

New York Mets

New York Mets Key Info

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  • Established: 1962
  • Ballpark: Citi Field
  • AAA Affiliate: Syracuse Mets
  • World Series Titles: 2 (1969, 1986)
  • Value: 4 Billion (Forbes, 2020)
  • Official New York Mets Website

The New York Mets originated in 1962 shortly after the Dodgers and Giants bolted West.

New York once again had multiple MLB franchises, although the guys in Flushing Meadows have always played in the shadow of the Yankees. The Mets moved into Citi Field after Shea Stadium was demolished in 2008, but it all started at the hallowed Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan.  

Now for some interesting tidbits related to this organization.

The Mets won their first World Series title in 1969 on the heels of a dominant Cy Young season from Tom Seaver. “Tom Terrific” would go on to win a total of three NL Cy Young Awards as a member of the Mets. Hence, nobody will ever don the #41 jersey for the NYM again.

Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry are among those who helped lead New York to a second WS title in 1986, although that victory is remembered for Bill Buckner’s unforgettable gaffe. The Mets played in the “Subway Series” in 2000, only to lose to their cross-town rivals four games to one.

Few mascots in baseball are more recognizable than “Mr. Met,” and in fact, Mr. Met was honored as the number one mascot in all of sports by Forbes in 2012.

Recent Records and Stats for the New York Mets

The bloated team ERAs you see below are tied to the lack of depth in the Mets rotation.

It certainly has nothing to do with lacking an ace – Jacob deGrom has been the best pitcher in baseball since 2018.

Season Wins Losses NL East Finish Playoffs Batting Avg. Home Runs ERA
2020 26 34 T-4th No .272 86 4.98
2019 86 76 3rd No .257 242 4.24
2018 77 85 4th No .234 170 4.07
2017 70 92 4th No .250 224 5.01

The Mets topped all Big-League teams in 2020 with a .272 clip at the plate. However, a .433 winning % was a big step back from winning more than 53% of the games in the season prior. Tired of coming up short in the NL East Division race, the franchise shook things up in advance of 2021.

Steve Cohen bought the team for $2.4 billion and fired the team’s general manager just 38 days after he was hired. Cohen helped initiate a blockbuster deal that landed Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco, although the former will come at a hefty price.

Lindor reportedly turned down a 10-year/$325 million extension just shy of Opening Day in 2021. The franchise SS is allegedly seeking a deal of about $400 million for 12 years.

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies Key Info

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  • Established: 1883
  • Ballpark: Citizens Bank Park
  • AAA Affiliate: Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • World Series Titles: 2 (1980, 2008)
  • Value: 0 Billion (Forbes, 2020)
  • Official Philadelphia Phillies Website

Across all professional sports teams in the United States, no franchise has kept the same name and stayed in the same city longer than the Philadelphia Phillies. Unfortunately, the “Fightin’ Phils” have only reigned supreme on two instances since joining the MLB in 1883.

Having said that, Philly has knocked on the door on multiple occasions. The Phillies have won 100+ games three times (1976, 1977, 2011) and have amassed 11 NL East titles and 7 NL pennants.

From “Old Pete” and Chuck Klein to Ed Delahanty and Steve Carlton, the Phils have sent numerous players to Cooperstown. None more deserving than the greatest third baseman who has ever lived, Mike Schmidt.

Schmidt played his entire 18-year big league career in Philadelphia, leading the National League in home runs 8 times along the way. The 12x All-Star won 10 Gold Gloves and 3 NL MVPs, plus a World Series MVP in 1980.

Philly got back to the World Series in 1983 and 1993, their only two playoff berths between 1981-2006. That’s when a powerful left-handed-hitting first baseman burst onto the scene.

You want to see some video-game-like HR and RBI numbers? Check out Ryan Howard’s batting stats between 2006 and 2009.

Ryan Howard Regular-Season Numbers (2006-2009)
Season HR RBI
2006 58 149
2007 47 136
2008 48 146
2009 45 141

That’s a 50 HR and 143 RBI average during a four-year stretch.

The loaded infield featuring Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins carried Charlie Manuel’s group all the way to the finish line in 2008.

Recent Records and Stats for the Philadelphia Phillies

If you’re wondering why the Phillies haven’t qualified for the playoffs in recent years, look no further than their team ERA and batting average.

Season Wins Losses NL East Finish Playoffs Batting Avg. Home Runs ERA
2020 28 32 3rd No .257 82 5.14
2019 81 81 4th No .246 215 4.53
2018 80 82 3rd No .234 186 4.14
2017 66 96 5th No .250 174 4.55

Hovering around .500 since 2018 can skate by in small-market cities; it draws ire from the media in the City of Brotherly Love. Joe Girardi took over for Gabe Kapler after the 2019 season and brought a winning pedigree to the dugout.

The front office appears to be committed to putting a winning product on the diamond, as evidenced by their willingness to open their pockets. First, it was luring in Bryce Harper on a $330 million deal. Then it was going after Zack Wheeler by shelling out $118 million.

Retaining J.T. Realmuto (and Didi Gregorius) tells us this team is all in for 2021.

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals Key Info

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The Montreal Expos were born in 1969, the same year the NL East was formed. Other than a division crown in 1981 and some fun highlights from Pedro Martinez and Vladimir Guerrero, this franchise has little to nothing to show for their efforts during their time north of the border.

The team moved to the nation’s capital in 2005 and became the Nationals, but the losing didn’t go away initially. The Nats finished last in the NL East in five of their first six years of existence.

It all changed in 2012; Bryce Harper won the ROY and led Nationals to 98 wins, and then Max Scherzer started racking up Cy Young Awards. Ironically, it wasn’t until letting Harper walk in 2019 that Washington finally got over the hump.

The Nats caught fire late in 2019 and rode the wave all the way through the month of October. Trea Turner set the table, and Juan Soto provided the power, while Anthony Rendon delivered one timely hit after another. 

What made this team unbeatable was the heroic performances from Stephen Strasburg. “Stras” hurled 36.1 innings in the 2019 playoffs, K’ing 47 batters and posting a 1.98 ERA. He won the WS MVP and became the first pitcher in MLB history to go 5-0 in a single postseason.

Recent Records and Stats for the Washington Nationals

We’ve all heard the saying “don’t rest on your laurels.” Well, that’s exactly what Dave Martinez and his men did after being the last team standing in 2019.

Strasburg was shelved, Max Scherzer took a step back, and Patrick Corbin never got into a rhythm. It all added up to watching the team ERA skyrocket to over 5. 

Season Wins Losses NL East Finish Playoffs Batting Avg. Home Runs ERA
2020 26 34 T-4th No .265 66 5.09
2019 93 69 2nd Won WS .265 231 4.27
2018 82 80 2nd No .254 191 4.04
2017 97 65 1st Lost in NLDS .266 215 3.88

If we give the Nats a pass for their regression in 2020, we’re looking at one of the most successful franchises in the National League as of late. What happens in 2021 will be telling.

Were the disappointments in 2020 simply a fluke, or is this team trending in a not-so-good direction?

If Juan Soto and Trea Turner are on board, it’s way too early to point toward the latter.

NL East History

The NL East was formed in 1969; three of the five founding members remain in the division.

  • New York Mets (founding member)
  • Philadelphia Phillies (founding member)
  • Washington Nationals (founding member)
  • Miami Marlins (Joined in 1993)
  • Atlanta Braves (Joined in 1994)

The Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals were also founding members of the NL East. The Pirates sustained the most success winning nine NL East titles before this trio moved to the NL Central in 1994.

Here’s a quick look at how many times each NL East member has hoisted the divisional crown.

Team NL East Titles
Atlanta Braves 15
Philadelphia Phillies 11
Pittsburgh Pirates 9
New York Mets 6
Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals 5
St. Louis Cardinals 3
Chicago Cubs 2
Florida/Miami Marlins 0

It’s worth noting that despite not winning any NL East titles, the Marlins won two World Series out of the wild card slot. The Nationals did the same thing in 2019.

For those wondering how many wild card teams have gone on to win the World Series, here’s your answer.

  • Florida Marlins (1997)
  • Anaheim Angels (2002)
  • Florida Marlins (2003)
  • Boston Red Sox (2004)
  • Louis Cardinals (2011)
  • San Francisco Giants (2014)
  • Washington Nationals (2019)

NL East Division Stats and Records

Here comes a section dedicated to those who like to bet on MLB games.

Being meticulous about shopping your lines across all of the best baseball betting sites is one way to increase your likelihood of profiting. Another way is to be in tune with against the spread data and any converging trends.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve cataloged the ATS numbers for each team in the NL East over the last three seasons.

NL East Stats for 2020
Team Straight-Up Winning % Run Line Cover % Over Record Over %
Braves 43-29 59.7 34-38 47.2 37-30-5 55.2
Marlins 33-32 50.8 38-27 58.5 33-31-1 51.6
Mets 26-34 43.3 27-33 45.0 31-26-2 54.4
Phillies 28-32 46.7 25-35 41.7 29-28-3 50.9
Nationals 26-34 43.3 29-31 48.3 32-25-2 56.1
NL East Stats for 2019
Team Straight-Up Winning % Run Line Cover % Over Record Over %
Braves 99-68 59.3 85-82 50.9 79-80-8 49.7
Marlins 57-105 35.2 84-78 51.8 79-73-10 52.0
Mets 86-76 53.1 82-80 50.6 76-70-16 52.0
Phillies 81-81 50.0 78-84 48.1 73-82-7 47.1
Nationals 105-74 58.7 102-77 57.0 84-83-12 50.3
NL East Stats for 2018
Team Straight-Up Winning % Run Line Cover % Over Record Over %
Braves 91-75 54.8 83-83 50.0 79-81-6 49.4
Marlins 63-98 39.1 82-79 50.9 80-75-6 51.6
Mets 77-85 47.5 83-79 51.2 72-82-8 46.8
Phillies 80-82 49.4 75-87 46.3 74-81-7 47.7
Nationals 82-80 50.6 78-84 48.1 77-81-4 51.3

These tables portray that betting the money line can have little to no correlation with covering the run line. They’re two completely different endeavors, as exemplified by the Marlins.

Miami is by far the worst team in the NL East according to W-L records since 2018. It’s not even remotely close. And yet, the Marlins are the only team in the NL East that has covered the run line in at least half of their contests in each of the last three seasons.

If we set money line and run line aside momentarily, and just zero in on O/U data, we can quickly confirm that betting overs any time an NL East team was playing in 2020 was probably a good idea.

Recent NL East Winners
Year Winner Regular-Season Record
2020 Atlanta Braves 35-25
2019 Atlanta Braves 97-65
2018 Atlanta Braves 90-72
2017 Washington Nationals 97-65
2016 Washington Nationals 95-67
2015 New York Mets 90-72
2014 Washington Nationals 96-66
2013 Atlanta Braves 96-66
2012 Washington Nationals 98-64
2011 Philadelphia Phillies 102-60
2010 Philadelphia Phillies 97-65

More MLB Division Guides

Immersing yourself into this NL East division guide can serve more than one purpose. MLB bettors looking for an edge can dig into the ATS data and determine what bets have been profitable and what bets have been fruitless.

If you’re simply an MLB enthusiast looking to learn more about the franchises in the NL East, we do our best to ensure that you’re satisfied.

We’ll continue updating segments on this page to keep things fresh. In the meantime, enjoy diving into our other MLB division guides.

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