Flash back to the start of 2012. The Philadelphia Phillies were coming off the best regular season in team history, the Atlanta Braves had finished one game away from a wild-card spot, the Washington Nationals were on the verge and the Miami Marlins had a roster infused with big-ticket free agents. In short, the National League East was a division with which to be reckoned.
Fast forward to today, and the NL East has more of a claim to the worst division in baseball than the best. Only the Braves find themselves in the top 15 of the ESPN Power Rankings this week, a sharp contrast to the beginning of 2012.