Ranking the NL East: Defense
None of the NL East teams will be mistaken for the early-to-mid-1980s Cardinals teams.
First, the infields:
The Phils are competent but aging. The Braves are a shade worse and have an untested shortstop who doesn’t project as a superior defenders. The Fish have a crappy SS moving to third but are more solid up the middle than Philly or the local nine. The Mets have a second sacker who makes Dan Uggla look like Roberto Alomar and a SS I know nothing about.
That leaves Washington, and even they’re shaky. But in Zimmerman, Desmond and Espinosa, the Nats have the most talented IF defenders, though their DP combo needs to cut down on the errors. Meanwhile, Wilson Ramos is a gifted backstop, potentially the best in the division defensively.
The Braves may rank near the bottom in infield defense but their OF leads the pack, thanks to Michael Bourn. Otherwise, only Philly ranks average or above.