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#1 Posted on 27.3.05 2049.23
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Time to let the 162 games of gutwrenching fun leading to the playoffs commence.

A.L. East

New York: Barring utter collapse or maleria running rampant throughout the clubhouse, they'll win at least 107-111 games based on their line-up killing mediocre and worse pitching and having dominant pitching in the rotation. Some flaws could develop in the bullpen (Rivera's age, Gordon being a 3 time choker in the post-season, 3-5 starters), but those won't impact the regular season.

Boston:(WC) Should win in the 95-98 range. Could get off to a slow start, and health in the rotation could be a concern. However, much like the Yankees, they'll destroy the poor pitching in the league, and as long as the rotation is healthy, they should cruise to the wild card.

Baltimore: Should be in the .500 range. 4 hour games should be the norm with their line-up and their pitching. If they fall out of the race, B.J. Ryan will be the most desirable player in baseball at the trade deadline.

Toronto: So, now the Billy Beane disciple wants to play smallball? High 70's in the win column, yet the G.M. will keep his job because the media actually thinks he has a plan.

Tampa Bay: Back in the cellar after a 1 year reprieve. Lou might be looking for a revolver mid-season when they don't turn it around like they did last year. Step back into the low 50 win total season.

A.L. Central

Minnesota: Was tempted to pick Cleveland, but Radke and Santana are the two best pitchers in the division. Do question whether Nathan can be dominant two years in a row. Should win division high 80's.

Cleveland: On the cusp of the playoffs. Doubt they'll fade late this season. Sabathia's health has to be some concern. Mid 80's, within striking distance of Minnesota entering the last 5 games of the year.

Chicago: This team could go hot or cold, depending on El Duque and Contreras. If they decide they want to pitch well, they could contend. If they decide they are out of the race and decide to shut it down (specifically, El Duque), they could flop. .500 team.

Detroit: If Urbina and Percival are healthy and with the team, they have a veteran 8-9 combination that could help them. Have no faith in Ordonez being healthy. Slight improvement from last season, high 70's.

Kansas City: Only two years ago, they were contenders. Now, they might contend for the ignominity the Tigers barely avoided two years ago. High 40's.

A.L. West

Anaheim/L.A./Guatalajara/whatever they call themselves this week: Surest bet in baseball is the Angels winning this division. Replacing Guillen's bat will be important, but should win this in a walk, as long as the starting pitching is better than mediocre. Around 100 wins, possibly 105.

Seattle: Marked turnaround from last season, but doubt they'll be able to keep up with the Angels. The power bats in the big park should be interesting. Mid 80's.

Oakland: The year Billy Beane learns that Moneyball's most important factors were Hudson and Mulder. Mid 70's.

Texas: Shocking team of last season, the celebration of ridding themselves of A-Rod should wear off, and Buck Showalter should wear thin. Low 70's.

N.L. East

Atlanta: The sun comes up in the East. The Braves win the division. When you are in your 30's and the Braves have won every division in a season that ended since you were a senior in high school, it would be utter stupidity to pick against them. Plus, Hudson and Smoltz are nice upgrades to the rotation. Mid 90's.

Florida: (WC) Strong line-up plus strong starting pitching should have them nip and tuck with the Braves, and, if not for historical precedent, possibly winning the division. Bullpen could be a concern. Low-Mid 90's.

Philadelphia: They rid themselves of Bowa and Captain Pitch Count Kerrigan. That is a positive. Unfortunately, there pitching isn't that great in a bandbox. Mid 80's.

Washington: Should benefit playing home games in front of actual people. If healthy, they actually have talent. High 70's.

New York: I'm convinced that Met reports on the FAN by mid June will detail Pedro pitching to Jose Reyes/Cliff Floyd/Mike Piazza in simulated games in Port St. Lucie. Slight difference for Beltran playing in Shea rather than Minute Maid, and he showed in K.C. last season he can't singlehandedly carry a team. Low 70's.

N.L. Central

St. Louis: Almost as much of a lock as the Angels to win their division. Mulder provides a solid front of the rotation pitcher to the staff, still have a strong line-up, and I don't like any of the other teams in the division this year. 100-105 wins easily.

Cinci: This year's dark horse team. Bit of a stretch thinking they'll actually be healthy, but, this division should break in a way to allow the Reds to finish in the top half. Mid 80's.

Chicago: I hate the bullpen. I don't like Wood. I think Dusty killed Prior in the 2003 season. I think the shortstop hasn't been the same since 2000. .500 area.

Houston: Lost to much offense, and I doubt Clemens can repeat his performance from last season. Yankees might have known something letting Pettite walk. High 70's.

Milwaukee: Could be interesting second half team if they bring up the great prospects. Still a few years away from contending. Mid 70's.

Pittsburgh: Don't know. Sadly, don't care. High 60's.

N.L. West

San Diego: Dave Roberts. That is my justification, as I will root for him on whatever team he plays for (caveat being Yankees or facing Red Sox) until his career ends. Low 90's.

San Francisco: Still a veteran team, and Bonds might be back sooner than he lets on. Still, I hate Benitez. High 80's.

Los Angeles: Derek Lowe with that hideous infield defense could be hilarious. Lost a lot of offense from last season, and Gagne might have a setback season. .500 area.

Arizona: Much better than last season, but really, could they be worse? High 70's.

Colorado: See Pittsburgh. High 60's.

Playoffs:
NL
Marlins over Cardinals in 4: Power pitching knocks out the Cards again.
Padres over Braves in 5: Much as Braves win division, Braves out in Round 1 is becoming a tradition as well. Also, Dave Roberts.

Padres over Marlins in 6: The ghost of Jack McKeon past beats Jack McKeon present. Also, Dave Roberts.

AL

Yankees over Twins in 5: This year, the Twins extend it an extra day. Yankees win, but that extra day has added importance.
Red Sox over Angels in 4: Just like the match-up. And, I have money on one of these teams.

Red Sox over Yankees in 7: Hell, I need to age 5 years in a week again, so why not. Yankees are hurt by Johnson pitching Game 5 against Twins, and thus being on the 3-7 schedule. Unfortunately for them (and precedent is in place for this prediction), Game 3 gets washed out at Fenway, causing Johnson to have to pitch Game 7 on short rest. Red Sox capitalize on this, and knock around Tom Gordon to blow the game open late.

World Series
Red Sox over Padres in 6: A.L. wins All-Star game, thus the clincher is at Fenway. Dave Roberts has a monster series, and almost singlehandedly carries the Padres to the promised land. However, Wells wins Game 6 to set off the party in the place he repeatedly has stated he wants blown up.
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#2 Posted on 28.3.05 0139.07
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Boston:(WC)


How I love seeing that world championship qualifier by the Sawx.


    Originally posted by redsoxnation again
    Milwaukee: Could be interesting second half team if they bring up the great prospects. Still a few years away from contending. Mid 70's.


BWAHAHAHAHAHA! C'mon, man...my Brew Crew ALWAYS does a second-half swan dive like they're the Olympic, uh, diving team. It'll be like every year: 1st half, they won't suck as bad as some feared, sparking just a tiny li'l bit of hope; after the All-Star Game, the annual plummet begins.

Of course, I'll probably catch a couple @ Miller Park anyways. Wonder if I get a refund if my seat's directly under a roof leak...
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#3 Posted on 28.3.05 0140.41
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Anaheim/L.A./Guatalajara/whatever they call themselves this week: Surest bet in baseball is the Angels winning this division. Replacing Guillen's bat will be important, but should win this in a walk, as long as the starting pitching is better than mediocre. Around 100 wins, possibly 105.

    Los Angeles: Derek Lowe with that hideous infield defense could be hilarious. Lost a lot of offense from last season, and Gagne might have a setback season. .500 area.


Anaheim will definitely not disappoint this season. Having rid themselves of albatrosses like Guillen, Glaus, and the oft-injured Percival, bolstering their defense with Orlando Cabrera, and improving their lineup with Steve Finley all with the combination of Oakland's offseason collapse makes them, as mentioned, the sure thing. A rotation that includes Bartolo Colon and Kelvim Escobar (who's much better than last year's record indicated. He lost a lost of close 1-0 duels last season) is something to be feared and if something goes wrong, don't think they won't bring in the new Weaver kid.

The only concern is the departure of David Eckstein, which is largely symbolic. Eckstein was a major fan-favorite and a tremendous feel-good story. He was among the many represented the blue-collar Angel team that won it all in 2002. Eckstein wasn't the best, but he overcame his size and other shortcomings with more heart than anyone. His departure represents Anaheim shifting their focus to winning a championship the George Steinbrenner Way, by spending lots and lots of cash. And that's something I'm concerned about, as an Angel fan.

On the Dodger front, Derek Lowe's had plenty of good outings this spring and gives me optimism for the coming year, but doesn't take away from what looks like a lackluster rotation. Jeff Weaver's the only viable #2 and that's a very scary thought. Best case scenario, Brad Penny makes a huge improvement, STAT. The lineup isn't looking too good either. I still can't believe the front office told Dodger fans for YEARS to wait patiently for Adrian Beltre to blossom after almost ten years of being a bust and when he finally DOES put up good numbers, they let him run off to Seattle. Idiots.
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#4 Posted on 28.3.05 0343.05
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    Originally posted by The Thrill
      Originally posted by redsoxnation
      Boston:(WC)


    How I love seeing that world championship qualifier by the Sawx.


I'm pretty sure "WC" means "wild card," as in, Boston is redsoxnation's wild card pick. Unless redsoxnation also seems to think the Marlins are reigning world champions. Anyway:

The only divisions I really think are up for grabs are the AL Central and NL West. Yeah, in theory Boston may overtake New York or Florida will pass Atlanta, but until I actually see it I no longer will expect it. St. Louis and Anaheim should dominate their respective divisions.

As for the other two, my instinct says the Twins win big in the Central, but I wouldn't be completely shocked to see Cleveland or maybe even the White Sox make a run. In the NL West, your guess is as good as mine.

EDIT: Oh yeah, wild cards go to Boston and the Marlins, with the Cards avenging last year's defeat by beating the Sox in the Series.

(edited by TheBucsFan on 28.3.05 0935)
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#5 Posted on 28.3.05 0830.00
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AL East
Boston
Baltimore
New York
Toronto
Tampa Bay

The Yankees are not as good as everybody thinks they are. This teamis old, the bullpen past Rivera is suspect, and still doesn't have a quality 2B.

AL Central
Minnesota
Chicago
Cleveland
Detroit
Kansas City

Any of the top four teams could win this decision, which is amazing giving where Detroit was two years ago.

AL West
Los Angeles/Anaheim/Northwest Orange County
Oakland
Seattle
Texas

Crapshoot. Oakland could fall off the map with their pitching or win 110 games.

AL Wild-Card: Oakland

NL East
Atlanta
New York
Florida
Philadelphia
Washington

NL Central
St. Louis
Houston
Chicago
Milwaukee
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh

NL West
Los Angeles
San Francisco
San Diego
Colorado
Arizona

NL Wild-Card: New York

AL Champion: Boston
NL Champion: Atlanta

World Champion: Atlanta
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#6 Posted on 28.3.05 0855.37
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AL East
Boston
New York
Baltimore
Toronto
Tampa Bay

AL Central
Cleveland
Minnesota
Detroit
Chicago
Kansas City

AL West
Anaheim
Texas
Oakland
Seattle

AL Wild-Card: New York

NL East
Atlanta
Philadelphia
Florida
New York
Washington

NL Central
Chicago
St. Louis
Houston
Cincinnati
Milwaukee
Pittsburgh

NL West
San Francisco
Los Angeles
San Diego
Arizona
Colorado

NL Wild-Card: Philadelphia

AL Champion: New York
NL Champion: Atlanta

World Champion: Atlanta

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#7 Posted on 28.3.05 0936.13
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AL East
Boston (105-57)
New York (101-61) Wild Card
Baltimore (87-75)
Tampa Bay (79-83)
Toronto (70-92)

AL Central
Cleveland (91-71)
Minnesota (89-73)
Chicago (85-77)
Detroit (75-87)
Kansas City (65-97)

AL West
Los Anaheim (98-64)
Oakland (88-74)
Seattle (85-77)
Texas (73-89)

NL East
Atlanta (91-71)
New York (91-71) Wild Card
Florida (81-81)
Washington (75-87)
Philadelphia (69-93)

NL Central
St. Louis (100-62)
Chicago (90-72)
Houston (89-73)
Cincinnati (80-82)
Pittsburgh (72-90)
Milwaukee (69-93)

NL West
Dodgers (88-74)
Padres (84-78)
Giants (76-86)
Rockies (70-92)

Divisionals
Boston over Cleveland in 4
New York over Los Anaheim in 4
Atlanta over Los Angeles in 3
New York over St. Louis in 5

League Championship Series
Boston over New York in 7
New York over Atlanta in 7

World Series
Boston (home field) over New York in 6

(edited by gugs on 28.3.05 1521)
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#8 Posted on 28.3.05 1009.11
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AL East
1. NY
2. BOS (WC)
3. BAL
4. TOR
5. TB
New York wins the division because they are the Yankees and Boston is second because they are the Red Sox. That's just how it is. But, I'm not impressed by new York's decrepit overpriced pitching. The Red Sox will make it close but come up a bit short.

AL Central
1. MIN
2. CLE
3. CHI
4. DET
5. KC
I don't think any of the bottom four have a real chance. Maybe the Indians if Millwood pitches like an ace instead of how he did in Philly. Santana is by far the best starter in the division so he'll lead the Twins to the playoffs (again).

Al West
1. LA
2. OAK
3. TEX
4. SEA
I think that Oakland will still be competitive, but unlike in previous years, their starting pitching isn't good enough to cover up abysmal hitting. Texas played over its head last year and doesn't have the pitching. Their infield is great, though. The Angels have more than enough in all areas to win this league going away.

NL East
1. ATL
2. FLA
3. PHI
4. NY
5. WSH
Atlanta wins the division and the sun comes up in the morning. Both are the facts of life. People who pick against the Braves are dumb. Not because there's no way they don't win the division, but because people have done that for three years now, and it backfires every time.

NL Central
1. STL
2. HOU
3. CHI
4. CIN
5. MIL
6. PIT
Saint Louis is the class of this division. I mean, goodness, they won the pennant and then added Mark Mulder. I'd say they should be pretty good. They've got that Pujols guy, too. I hear he can hit. Astros with the Wild Card just because Clemens, Pettite, and Oswalt are a formidable trio and they've got more than enough hitting to do it.

NL West
1. SD
2. LA
3. SF
4. ARZ
5. COL
The Dodgers will be close, but with pitching being their strength in their ballpark, they just don't have enough. San Diego could be done in by a lack of hitting, but I think their young starters will be good enough to carry them in a pitcher's park. San Francisco could make a run if Bonds was in it mentally, but I don't think they will. Without him, they are average at best. The Diamondbacks will improve because it'll be hard to win fewer than 51 this year.

Divisional Playoffs:
MIN over NYY in 5
BOS over ANA in 5

STL over SD in 3
ATL over HOU in 4

LCS:
BOS over MIN in 6

STL over ATL in 5

WS:
STL over BOS in 6

MVP:
AL- Vlad Guerrero
NL- Albert Pujols

CY YOUNG:
AL- Curt Schilling
NL- Tim Hudson

(edited by BigSteve on 31.3.05 1214)
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#9 Posted on 28.3.05 1015.12
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AL East
NY Yankees
Boston
Baltimore
Toronto
Tampa Bay

Comments: This is a two-team division and everyone knows it. Yankees just beat too many mediocre teams, and Boston starts slow due to pitching issues. In Baltimore, Sammy Sosa decides he can evade steroid questions by in fact claiming to have sneezed and thrown out his tongue.

AL Central
White Sox
Minnesota
Cleveland
Detroit
Kansas City

Comments: I'm drinking the kool-aid this offseason, but I see the Sox with the deepest 1-5 in the division, and people they can plug in should someone falter. Brandon McCarthy could be a Kerry Wood like phenom if he gets called up at some point. The Twins will be solid, but they just keep plugging holes, and eventually one or two guesses won't pay off. Plus Mauer just can't seem to stay healthy. Cleveland is not going to be as good as people think. They are starting Juan Gone in RF, and he may be the closer as well.

AL West
Whatever Angels
Seattle
Texas
Oakland

Comments: The geographically enigmatic Angels will run with this division. Seattle will be decent and win 85 or so games. Texas is still working on improvement, and Billy Beane may need to write a book called "Winning was easy with 3 stud pitchers".

NL East
Atlanta
Florida
Philadelphia
NY Mets
Washington

Comments: Ho Hum. Another year, another NL East title for Atlanta. Florida will be strong and I think they'll take the WC spot. The Mets will need Pedro to go 25-3 and Beltran to have a 360/50/160 season in order to have a chance.

NL Central
St. Louis
Milwaukee
Cincinatti
Houston
Cubs
Pittsburgh

Comments: St. Louis is still the class of the NL. I think Milwaukee will surprise people. They got a legit stud this offseason in Carlos Lee who will help the offense of those around him in the order. Cincy could surprise, esp. if Griffey can finally play a full year. Houston will miss Beltran, and Roger's only getting older. The Cubs are about to begin a swift decline. Their best pitchers keep getting injured, they have holes all over their lineup and the bullpen is ghastly.

NL West
San Diego
Los Angeles
San Fran
Colorado

Comments: I didn't like the way the Dodgers meshed after the trade last year, so I'm going to say this year they don't quite get it done. Honestly though this division I could see going to anyone but Colorado.

AL Wild Card: Boston
NL Wild Card: Florida

Divisionals:White Sox over Yankees in 5.
Boston over Angels in 4.
Florida over St. Louis in 5.
Atlanta over San Diego in 5.

Comments: I know, it looks like a homer pick. But I feel like in a short series America would get to see Mark Buerhle stake his claim to being an elite pressure pitcher, and Freddy Garcia right behind him. Boston is just too strong for the Angels. Florida pulls the upset with pitching as the Cards break down like they did in the WS last year. And Atlanta wins as Hudson and Smoltz step up.

LCS: Boston over White Sox in 6.
Florida over Atlanta in 7.

Comments: Just too much talent for Boston, as Jose Contreras and Orlando Hernandez each admit to in fact being 54 years old. Florida guts out a tough low-scoring series.

World Series: Boston over Florida in 5.

Comments: The Red Sox stop being cuddly as they repeat in the battle of Yankee killing teams. America decides Red Sox are new mortal co-enemy along with the Yankees. Red Sox fans don't care as they spend another year in manic celebration of their victory.



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#10 Posted on 28.3.05 1210.25
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    Originally posted by gugs
    New York (90-72) Wild Card
    Chicago (91-71)

You wanna 'splain that one??
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#11 Posted on 28.3.05 1340.29
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AL East
Yankees
Red Sox (w)
Orioles
Devil Rays
Blue Jays

AL Central
Twins
White Sox
Tigers
Indians
Royals

AL West
Angels
Rangers
A's
Mariners

NL East
Marlins
Braves (w)
Phillies
Mets
Nationals

NL Central
Cardinals
Astros
Cubs
Reds
Pirates
Brewers

NL West
Padres
Dodgers
Giants
Diamondbacks
Rockies

DS
Yankees over Angels
Twins over Red Sox
Cardinals over Braves
Marlins over Padres

CS
Yankees over Twins
Cardinals over Marlins

WS
Yankees over Cardinals
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#12 Posted on 28.3.05 1421.33
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    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
      Originally posted by gugs
      New York (90-72) Wild Card
      Chicago (91-71)

    You wanna 'splain that one??


Um...look over there! *runs*
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#13 Posted on 28.3.05 1758.50
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AL East
1. Boston
2. New York (WC)
3. Baltimore
4. Toronto
5. Tampa Bay

AL Central
1. Cleveland
2. Minnesota
3. Chicago
4. Detroit
5. Kansas City

AL West
1. Anaheim (I'm not going to get used to LAA until the end of the year)
2. Oakland
3. Texas
4. Seattle

NL East
1. Atlanta
2. Florida (WC)
3. Philadelphia
4. New York
5. Washington

NL Central
1. St. Louis
2. Chicago
3. Houston
4. Milwaukee
5. Pittsburgh
6. Cincinnati

NL West
1. San Diego
2. Los Angeles
3. Arizona
4. San Francisco
5. Colorado

AL Champion: Anaheim
NL Champion: Florida

World Series Champion: Anaheim
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A.L. East
1. Boston
2. New York
3. Baltimore
4. Tampa Bay
5. Toronto

A.L. Central
1. Minnesota
2. Cleveland
3. Detroit
4. Chicago
5. Kansas City

A.L. West
1. Angels
2. Texas
3. Oakland
4. Seattle


N.L. East
1. Florida
2. Atlanta
3. Philadelphia
4. New York
5. Washington

N.L. Central
1. St Louis
2. Cincinatti
3. Chicago
4. Houston
5. Milwalkee
6. Pittsburg

N.L West
1. San Diego
2. Los Angeles
3. San Fransico
4. Arizona
5. Colorado
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A.L. East:

1. Yankees
2. Red Sox*
3. Orioles
4. Blue Jays
5. Devil Rays

With a World Series under their belt, the Sox will certainly give the Yanks another run for their money. The O's just can't see to make progress with their pitching staff. The Jays had the embarrassment of finishing below the D-Rays last year. They'll fix that. Tampa has some good young pitching, but not enough offense.

A.L. Central:

1. White Sox
2. Twins
3. Tigers
4. Indians
5. Royals

The Sox have one of the best up-and-coming managers and their line-up looks good. The Twins will just hold off the Tigers, who keep throwing the $$ around. It'll get them somewhere this year.

A.L. West:

1. Angels
2. Rangers
3. A's
4. M's

The Angels lost less than the A's in the off-season. I like what the Rangers are doing. The M's addition of two big bats this off-season will make it interesting.

N.L. East:

1. Braves
2. Marlins*
3. Phillies
4. Mets
5. Nationals

I've learned my lesson- I'm picking the Braves til' they prove me wrong. The Mets will somehow screw things up (they always do), and I'm not as sold on Washington as some are.

N.L. Central

1. Cardinals
2. Astros
3. Reds
4. Cubs
5. Brewers
6. Pirates

The big teams in this division lost a lot this year. The Reds are looking better to me. The 'stros still have their killer B's. The Cubs took some big hits this off-season.

N.L. West

1. Giants
2. Padres
3. Dodgers
4. Diamondbacks
5. Rockies

The Giants can still get it done without Bonds. If injries hit though, watch out. I consider the Pads and the Dodgers about even. I like Arizona's lineup.

A.L. Playoffs:
Yankees over White Sox in 5
Red Sox over Angels in 4
Red Sox over Yankees in 6

N.L. Playoffs:
Marlins over Giants in 5
Cardinals over Braves in 5
Marlins over Cardinals in 6

World Series:
Red Sox over Marlins in 7
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#16 Posted on 29.3.05 1335.21
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AL East:
1. Yankees
2. Boston
3. Baltimore
4. Toronto
5. Tampa Bay

The Yankees may be older, but they can mash the ball, and I still like their pitching, fragile as they are. Boston will get the wildcard, as is tradition. Baltimore will give it the good old college try, but their bats won't be enough. Toronto and Tampa Bay will battle for the cellar.

AL Central:
1. Minnesota
2. White Sox
3. Indians
4. Tigers
5. Royals

I don't think the ChiSox have enough to catch the Twins. Cleveland is improving and will keep up. Detroit needs another year or two. KC is awful.

AL West:
1. Irvine Angels of Anaheim
2. Texas
3. Seattle
4. Oakland

The (insert city here) Angels are huge. They will runaway and hide if they stay healthy. Texas still hits a ton, but their pitching is a huge concern. Ichiro may hit .400, but he can't carry the M's. Thanks to Billy Beane, the A's will have to wait another year.

NL East:
1. Atlanta
2. Philly
3. Florida
4. Mets
5. Washington

To be the man, you have to beat the man, and Atlanta is the man. Chipper should have a better year now that he has returned to 3B. Philly should be better in their second year in the new yard. I like the Marlins, but I think this will be a down year. Pedro and Delgado are improvements for the Mets, but they won't be any better. The Nats will pick up where the Senators left off.

NL Central:
1. St. Louis
2. Cincy
3. Houston
4. Chicago
5. Pittsburgh
6. Milwaukee

The Cardinals improved themselves during the off-season. With the emergence of Willy Mo Pena last year, the Reds don't have to depend on the oft-injured Ken Griffey, and I like the Reds offenese a lot. Houston will slip as they continue to age. The Cubs should consider themselves lucky to finish 4th in this division, especially if Prior and Wood continue to have injury troubles. Pittsburgh and Milwaukee will pick up the scraps.

NL West:
1. San Francisco
2. Padres
3. The real Los Angeles
4. Arizona
5. Colorado

The Giants are old and will not have Bonds for at least a month. If Bonds is out for more than a month, this is the Padres' division to grab, but the Pads will have to be MUCH better at PETCO Park tihs season. Billy Beane's mini-me, Paul DePodesta, tried to decimate the Dodgers' rotation, and who in the blue hell is going to catch the ball in that infield? The over-under on JD Drew to the DL is May 17th. Arizona improved, but they have to pick up 35 games... too much too soon. Colorado is Todd Helton and a bunch of other guys.

Ever since the NHL season was cancelled, I have been jonesing for baseball to start. Sunday night cannot get here soon enough.

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#17 Posted on 29.3.05 1552.43
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Pittsburgh: Don't know. Sadly, don't care. High 60's.

But you should...if only for Oliver Perez (consider that a free tip for all you fantasy freaks). I think they also get one more game than last season in an AL park, so Craig Wilson can safely DH, instead of ramble around RF. That reason alone might account for ONE additional victory.

Also: Ty Wigginton has shown some promise this spring (emphasis on the word "some"...as in "looked better than he did at the end of last season"). Jack Wilson and Jose Castillo are a decent DP combo. Jack's been hampered by an appendectomy over the off-season, but he could challenge 190-200 hits again. It's also the first time in his tenure that Lloyd McClendon's gone through a spring training without having to patch together an entire rotation. They just had the usual rotation question: a fifth starter. But the Eternal Search for a Lead-off man has been in effect since Omar Moreno left.

Not expecting them to contend or anything, but high 70's or even a .500 flirtation are not out of the realm of reason. At least a step above Milwaukee. Last year they bounced around .500 until August or so.

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#18 Posted on 29.3.05 1827.36
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AL East
1. Boston
2. NYY (wc)
3. Baltimore
4. Tampa Bay
5. Toronto

AL Central
1. Minnesota
2. Chicago
3. Cleveland
4. Detroit
5. Kansas City

AL West
1. Anaheim by way of Los Angeles take left at the 3rd light
2. Seattle
3. Texas
4. Oakland

NL East
1. Atlanta
2. NYM (wc)
3. Florida
4. Philadelphia
5. Washington

NL Central
1. St Louis
2. Chicago
3. Houston
4. Cincinatti
5. Pittsburg
6. Milwaukee

NL West
1. San Diego
2. San Francisco
3. Los Angeles
4. Colorado
5. Arizona

AL Playoffs
Anaheim over NYY in 5
Boston over Minnesota in 4

Boston over Anaheim in 6

NL Playoffs
St Louis over NYM in 4
Atlanta over San Diego in 4

Atlanta over St Louis in 7

World Series
Boston over Atlanta in 6
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#19 Posted on 29.3.05 1916.50
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AL East
New York
Boston (wild card)
Baltimore
Toronto
Tampa Bay

AL Central
Chicago
Minnesota
Cleveland
Detroit
Kansas City

AL West
Anaheim
Texas
Seattle
Oakland

NL East
Atlanta
Florida (wild card)
New York
Philadelphia
Washington

NL Central
St. Louis
Houston
Chicago
Milwaukee
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh

NL West
Los Angeles
San Francisco
San Diego
Colorado
Arizona

AL Playoffs
Yankees over White Sox
Boston over Anaheim

ALCS
Yankees over Boston


NL Playoffs
Atlanta over Los Angeles
Florida over St.Louis

NLCS
Florida over Atlanta

World Series
Yankees over Florida

I see my fancy White Sox teasing me all summer with non-stop speed, manufactured runs, excellent defense, a strong return by Frank Thomas and great pitching from Garland and Buhrle. This all leads to a playoff meltdown by El Duque and Contreras at Yankee Stadium shattering all hope of a bright future for mankind.
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#20 Posted on 30.3.05 0058.07
Reposted on: 30.3.12 0059.01
    Originally posted by estragand
      Originally posted by redsoxnation
      Pittsburgh: Don't know. Sadly, don't care. High 60's.

    But you should...if only for Oliver Perez (consider that a free tip for all you fantasy freaks). I think they also get one more game than last season in an AL park, so Craig Wilson can safely DH, instead of ramble around RF. That reason alone might account for ONE additional victory.

    Also: Ty Wigginton has shown some promise this spring (emphasis on the word "some"...as in "looked better than he did at the end of last season"). Jack Wilson and Jose Castillo are a decent DP combo. Jack's been hampered by an appendectomy over the off-season, but he could challenge 190-200 hits again. It's also the first time in his tenure that Lloyd McClendon's gone through a spring training without having to patch together an entire rotation. They just had the usual rotation question: a fifth starter. But the Eternal Search for a Lead-off man has been in effect since Omar Moreno left.

    Not expecting them to contend or anything, but high 70's or even a .500 flirtation are not out of the realm of reason. At least a step above Milwaukee. Last year they bounced around .500 until August or so.





And you didn't even mention rookie of the year Jason Bay yet and they added Matt Lawton, which is something, atleast better than what they would've had otherwise. I think the Cubs and Reds are going to be worse than most people expect, while the Pirates and Brewers are going to be better than people expect. Which is going to result with teams 2 - 6 all really close to each other around the .500 mark while the Cards run away with the division. Unfortunately whatever little hope the Pirates have of being a formidable team will be ruined when they decide not to re-sign Oliver Perez and Jason Bay.
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