Poll: Which NL Team Will Have Biggest Turnaround?

With the MLB playoffs expanding to ten teams, clubs have even more reason to be hopeful about their prospects in 2012.  While some fans are questioning the wisdom change, it seems likely that it will result in an even more exciting chase down the wire.

Yesterday, we asked MLBTR readers which 90-win team is most likely to disappoint in 2012.  The three top vote getters – the Brewers (27.23%), Cardinals (17.39%), and Diamondbacks (15.89%) – all came out of the National League.  Now, it's time to look at last year's non-playoff NL teams.  Which club do you see having the biggest turnaround this season?


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  1. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    I’m saying the Braves. This is a team that talent wise should be neck and neck with the Phillies down the stretch but for the last two years injuries have killed them down the stretch.

    If they stay healthy and Heyward plays like he was hyped up should, they’ll be legit this year and probably the 2nd best team in the NL. (I gotta go with my boys being the first!)

    • NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

      But the only reason they’ve held a lead of the NL EAST in ’09 and ’10 was because of injuries to Utley/Rollins, so i don’t know about neck and neck. Though you are right, with a healthier team and progression back to league averages for key players, it will be fun to watch.

      With that said, I believe the Braves will make it to the post-season, w/ help from expanded play-offs or not, and thank you for the vote.

      Hope Howard gets healthy and Hamels takes a discount, but Nationals 1st in 2013!

  2. I just wanna slap the 18 people that voted Astros…

    • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

       and Mets.

      • How do the Mets and Astros have a combined total near 200? Are 200 people really that delusional? 

        • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

          Unfortunately. It’s not as bad as some of the poll results MLB Network showcases.

        • BrickTops 3 years ago

          The question was which team will improve the most. If the Astros manage to loose less than 95 games then they will have improved (in terms of wins) significantly more than any other club. Juno saying they will be the 5th wild card spot, but I could see them loosing less than 95 games.

          • rundmc1981 3 years ago

            Alright, 94 losses…still doesn’t earn you “biggest turnaround team”.

          • Jonathan Rigby 3 years ago

            on a percent bases bases it most definitely could

        • MetsMagic 3 years ago

          The Cubs have 1500 votes. The Cubs. 

      • Matt Rox 3 years ago

        And Nationals. I mean, seriously?

        • That one’s justified.

          • JCCfromDC 3 years ago

             Hard to see how the Braves or Nationals could be characterized as a “turnaround”  The Braves were very, very good for most of the year. The Nationals are a team that has been on a steady rise the past three years.  Given the way the Marlins stank last year, a winning record would be a turnaround for those guys.

    • Hal Jordan 3 years ago

       When you’re the worst in the majors, you have the most room for improvement.

    • They gotta be Houston diehards!!!!

  3. fxx3605 3 years ago

     its a tossup between the giants reds and braves but i think id go with the braves based off of more exxpierence for the young guys

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Braves have to get by a much improved Fish team before they finish ahead of them and improve much and Atlanta pretty much stood pat over the winter, while the Fish added 3 decent pieces, hopefully will get JJ back and who expects Ramirez to have 2 miserable seasons in a row?

      • Clayton Wilson 3 years ago

        The Fish have to get by Atlanta, not the other way around. I know they made a few flashy moves while the Braves basically just dumped Derek Lowe, but the 2011 Braves offense shouldn’t sustain itself, especially with a full year of Bourn.

        I’m picking the Marlins though. They finished last in the division and have obviously improved.

    • rundmc1981 3 years ago

      ATL was an 89-win team in 2011 that missed the playoffs to the world champs. It’s going to be difficult for much of a turnaround than that. Sure, they could be a 100-win team, but I don’t really see them having a difference of more than +10-11.

      MIA was a 72-win team and CIN was a 79-win team. Consider that STL is without Pujols and under new manager, Mike Matheny, and CIN has upgraded their bullpen (Marshall, Madson), while gaining a top-flight arm (Mat Latos) and C (Devin Mesoraco). They’ll still be playing HOU, CHC, PIT 50-60+ games and they should win more head-to-head battles with STL. I could easily see this team having a +13 or more.

  4. raffish 3 years ago

    Why aren’t the M’s an option?  -Insert snark below-

  5. FS54 3 years ago

    Not sure I consider Nationals as a turnaround candidate.

  6. Clayton Wilson 3 years ago

    It’s gotta be the Marlins in the NL East. Finished last in the division last year and added Reyes, Buehrle, and Bell and should see more innings from Johnson. Hanley’s a good bet to bounce back as well…..

    The Braves won 89 games last year and while I expect a better showing, I don’t see them adding 10 wins. The Nationals finished just a game below .500 and are being projected for 85-90 wins.

    • Clayton Wilson 3 years ago

      Meant this to be replied to Aces, sorry about that.

  7. Seth Guttman 3 years ago

    The rockies get NO love…

  8. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the Padres are going to be competitive next year. That offense is actually looking pretty good with Quentin and Alonso plus their rotation seems good enough, which is all they really need.

    • Clayton Wilson 3 years ago

       It’s a weak division, but I don’t see it. Quentin’s going from a hitters park to PETCO, he’s always missing time due to injury, and his defense is horrific….especially in such a big outfield. Alonso’s still unproven.

      • It’s a matter of whether Maybin/Alonso perform to their potential and Quentin/Hudson can produce like they should and stay healthy. Maybe Quentin will miss some time but maybe Blanks will fill in and actually hit. Lots of questions but stranger things have happened.

        Plus Volquez has a chance to really redeem his career and Huston Street gives the Pads a great upgrade.

  9. kräftig. entschieden 3 years ago

    If by biggest turnaround, you mean “improved by highest number of games”, I’ll go between the Marlins and the Nationals. I have a hunch-y feeling that one of them is going to win 90 games and the other will moderately disappoint. Which one it turns out to be remains to be seen, depending on the performances of Zimmerman and Hanley and Johnson and Werth and Sanchez and other big variable-type players.

  10. roxfan51-54-4 3 years ago

    The rockies revamped everything, Cuddyer, Guthrie, Chatwood, Ramon Hernandez, Moscosco, De La Rosa and Nicasio coming back, thats going to be your team to beat right there

    • Rangersalchamps 3 years ago

      I think you guys and the D-backs will fight for the division next year.

    • rundmc1981 3 years ago

      Rockies aren’t going to get much more production than they had with Seth Smith from Cuddyer and his OF-defensive liability. He’s good at the plate, but not great in the field in what is a large OF in Denver. 

      I can’t see ARZ and LAD doing any worse than they did last year. You can’t expect Ethier to have a season like 2011 and they’ll have a full year of Dee Gordon. ARZ added Jason Kubel and Trevor Cahill to go with Ian Kennedy (a 21-game winner in ’11) and Daniel Hudson. Now that’s a great young 1-2-3.

  11. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    I think the Reds, because they have a season to actually turn around from

    I look at the Nats and Marlins as being more breakout-like, because they haven’t had seasons to turn around from in the last couple years. The Reds, on the other hand, were in the playoffs in 2010 and had a mediocre season last year. Especially after their acquisitions, I think they’re primed for a turnaround

    edit: i think it really depends on what you consider a “turnaround”

    • rundmc1981 3 years ago

      I am the same way with CIN. They’ll win 90 games, up from 79. They’ve upgraded, while the rest of the NL Central didn’t. STL lost Pujols, CHC is focused on down the road, PIT can’t get any luck, and HOU wouldn’t even finish in 1st in AAA.

  12. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    I’m going Rockies, the pitching staff is a bit to be desired but that offense is way too good to make last year a constant thing.

  13. Gumby65 3 years ago

    I say Doyers…   New owner should be able to add pieces by July 15, and lineup as it is—IF HEALTHY, should be better than last year going in…. BIG IF’s, and that also goes for rotation staying healthy as well.

  14. the marlins are a disaster waiting to happen/ not if it is a when. should be about the time johnson goes down and reyes pulls a hamy. phily still owns the nl east, but the other teams made big strides bridge the gap. my answer was the reds/ 92 wins would be 13 win diff and think the nats can win 90 which would give them double digit turnaround.

  15. Nationals. Playoffs this year…count on it!

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Wouldn’t bother me any to see BOTH WC teams from the NL Eats, nor surprise me to see 3 teams from the NL East in the play offs either.

      Not sure the Nat’s will be one of them however, but It is *possible* 3 out of 4 from Philly/Fish/Braves/Nats go.

  16. RichardPapen00 3 years ago

    I’m going with the Nationals. WC this year. Division next year.

  17. chris_synan1 3 years ago

    I voted for the Astros because I feel bad for them and they aren’t going anywhere

  18. Giant Rave 3 years ago

    Marlins will fall apart. Nationals may be a little better. One thing for sure is the national league east will be competitive

  19. In the AL could the Royals actually get close to 500 ball????? I know I will catch some flack for this but people are talking about they are getting closer ( whatever that means) !!!

    • twentyfivemanroster 3 years ago

      they could and I expect they should,  exceed .500 by a few games.  Not sure why they weren’t included on this long list.  a possible 12-15 games swing should be considered as such.

  20. Jesse 3 years ago

    Padres will surprise ppl this year and win 80

  21. RedbirdRuffian 3 years ago

    Astros are scary bad, new management seems clueless, obsessed with sabremetrics, no GM or assistant experience, have done nothing to make this years team competitive or give hope for the next 2-3 years; they could challenge Mets from the 60’s, Tigers from a few years back for all time worst record…  

  22. FS54 3 years ago

    I am more interested in Stanton’s next season.

  23. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    If they have a somewhat decent June they’ll have a major turnaround.

  24. Clayton Wilson 3 years ago

    It’s probably not relevant, but I’ve got nothing better to do…..

    I’m a big believer in Stanton, like most of us are. As long as he continues to improve his contact rate he’s going to be an elite hitter. I am a little intrigued by his home/away splits though….

    Home: 462 PA, .242, .353, .473, 23 HR
    Away: 535 PA, .276, .336, .566, 33 HR

    With their new park supposedly being more pitcher-friendly, is this something anybody worries about? At his age, his home numbers currently are more than passable. But on paper, Landshark(whatever it was) seems to be effecting his power. I’ll chalk it up to SSS for now though, but I’m not picking him to lead the league in HR this season like seemingly everyone else in the world now that Pujols and Fielder are in the AL.

    What a monster that guy is. If Heyward bounces back this season, the RF position is going to look insane in the east with Harper also in the mix. Shame about Fernando Martinez…..

  25. FS54 3 years ago

    split those career home and away by the two years and I think  can ignore them altogether. I think with a better lineup around him, I expect more things from him. Stanton and Morse are two guys I will be watching closely this season. Wish Nats had drafted him instead of Detwiler back in 2007. Imagine future OF of Harper, Trout (we pick Trout instead of Storen back in 09), and Stanton. Enough daydreaming for now.

  26. Infield Fly 3 years ago

     Hey @Jacks’ – what does it mean when someone writes “…”?
    I always wondered!

  27. NL_East_Rivalry 3 years ago

    It means that they have nothing to say. Whether they are dumbfounded, face palming, or awestruck. Usually the context will lead to which is inferred/implied.

  28. JacksTigers 3 years ago

    It’s a face palm, as in either he’s missing obvious sarcasm, or I am.

  29. JCCfromDC 3 years ago

     If everything breaks right for the Nats, I can totally see them winning 90-95 games.  That’s great!  But …

    If everything breaks right for the Marlins, I could see them winning 90 games …
    If everything breaks right for the Braves, I could see them winning 100 games …

    And if everything breaks right for the Phillies, I could see them winning 103 games.

    Boy, the NL East is going to be fun to watch this year. The Marlins will be fun to watch regardless, because of the total circus potential there (Guillen, LoMo, Reyes, Ramirez AND Zambrano? Pass the popcorn!).

  30. skoods 3 years ago

    Haha good joke bro.

  31. Im suprised not very many people are picking the Giants. With Posey coming back and decent production from others, they are right there with the Dbacks.

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