Despite being home to the World Series champion Braves, the NL East teams had a rough 2021. Here are some resolutions for your favorite team.
Christmas is over. The stockings have been emptied and most of the decorations have been put away. We’re now racing towards the turn of the calendar and welcome 2022 into our lives. Before we celebrate the end of 2022 many of us will establish resolutions attempting to improve our lives. For those who need resolutions for your favorite baseball team, in hopes of reducing the stresses of setting those resolutions, I’m here to help. Here is your team’s resolution for 2022. Realistic, hopeful, and ideal resolutions to provide you optimal hope when Opening Day arrives.
It Begins in the New York Offices
Beginning with all of MLB, the simplest of resolutions is here. End the lockout before it’s too late. Everyone knows that disagreements happen. Fighting for the best interests of both owners and players will happen. We’re alright with that process. We may not understand the intricacies of what is being fought over, but we do understand that stuff like this happens. What we don’t understand is why you aren’t talking. Get in the boardroom, exchange numbers, and figure out how to solve the disagreements. Most importantly, resolve things by Valentine’s Day. Don’t lose any baseball.
Atlanta Braves – World Champs Still In Need
Every World Series-winning team sees attrition the following year. Atlanta certainly lands in the category of previous champions. With the certainty of several free-agent departures, there is one the Braves need to resolve to keep in Atlanta. Freddie Freeman is the town hero. He bleeds Atlanta in a way few players ever have. Freeman is the best option at 1B among free agents. If it is the last thing the Braves do once baseball is back, signing Freeman is it. My resolution for you, Braves fans, is them signing Freddie Freeman to a 5-year $125 million contract.
Philadelphia Phillies – Solid Bullpen Needed
Getting help for reigning MVP Bryce Harper looks like an easy resolution. But easy is not what baseball is about. Instead, my resolution for Phillies fans is to see a bullpen that can hold a lead. Building a bullpen is tricky and an exact science is relative. But, sometimes the easiest answer to bullpen help is sitting in your own backyard. My resolution for Phillies fans is to see what the #4 organizational prospect, Hans Crouse has. HIs two starts in 2021 weren’t spectacular. Maybe he isn’t built as a starter and a move to the pen could help. May you see him throw his fastball past hitters and his slider befuddle them. You need him closing games to improve on the next to worst NL blown saves in 2021.
New York Mets – Fewer Trips to the DL
What once was a solid lineup soon fell apart at the hands of the injury bug. Despite staying in 1st place into August, the injuries finally took their toll and destroyed all hope for October baseball. With the spending spree Cohen went on before the lockout, Mets fans are hoping that money spent equals more time on the field for the regular starters. Pete Alonso played 152 games and in order to finish the season in the top spot in the East, you need more guys that can achieve playing that many games. They also need Brandon Nimmo to not break. So for you, Mets fans, I resolve fewer trips to the DL.
Miami Marlins – Return to a Winning Record
There wasn’t much to cheer for in 2021 after a miraculous playoff run in 2020. My resolution for Marlins fans is to have your team reach an even record or better. Jazz Chisholm is the energy guy for this team. He may have led the league in times caught stealing, but he still finished 4th in the league in total steals. Besides, it was his rookie year and his learning curve isn’t quite over. Another year of experience for Chisholm and another stalwart year from Rookie of the Year runner-up, Trevor Rogers, on the mound, and the Marlins getting back to the playoffs is close.
Washington Nationals – Have Fun at Nationals Park
Just three years removed from winning the World Series, the 2022 season looks a little grim. Departures of Max Scherzer, Josh Harrison, Trae Turner, Brad Hand, and more in 2021, one could easily believe there isn’t much to enjoy in 2022. Juan Soto is going to change your mind. After finishing 2nd in the NL MVP race, there’s only one more thing left to achieve – winning the elusive MVP. Coming off a season he earned his first All-Star appearance, Soto is looking to build the Nats back into a winner. Despite hitting .313 (2nd in the NL) and winning his second Silver Slugger, he can’t do everything himself. Regardless, Nats fans, have yourself the time of your lives watching Soto make hitting off professional pitchers look like a kids game.
Begin Your Resolution Now
Hopefully, this coming baseball season goes off without any delay. For those whose favorite team is in the NL East, may you take these resolutions to heart? More importantly, I desire your favorite team to follow through on these resolutions for you. May your 2022 provide you with joy and many memories at the stadium.