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Since: 11.7.02
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Better do it now, before Opening Day:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
East
1. Boston
2. New York
3. Baltimore
4. Toronto
5. Tampa Bay

I just don't see the Red Sox finishing second at this point, unless their health really does become a concern. Which with Nomah, Trot, and maybe Pedro(soon?) out, it is. The Yankees rotation is not what it was, and Enrqiue Wilson at 2nd is a joke. The Orioles are better than advertised. Tampa Bay is light years beyond where they were, which still isn't enough to climb out of last.

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

The Royals are going to build off last year. The White Sox will be more motivated playing for Ozzie Guillen. The Twins bullpen is severely weakened without Guardado and Hawkins. Detroit has gotten better too; with Ugi and Pudge, plus the roation has seen tough times before. I don't see the Indians doing much of anything soon.

West
1. Anaheim
2. Oakland
3. Seattle
4. Texas

Hard to pick against the Angels after all of the improvements they have made. Oakland and Seattle could just as easily flip flop depending on their bullpen situation. Seattle wins on points because Rhodes is not an established closer, but Oakland's rotation is that much better.

Wild-Card: New York
Yankees win by a smudge because Oakland and Seattle will kill each other.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
East
1. Philadelphia
2. Florida
3. Atlanta
4. Montreal
5. New York

Phillies are the class of this division. Marlins would probably be in better shape if their bullpen stayed together and if Armando Benitez were not there(they dumped Urbina for him?!?). Montreal has taken a step back. And they are the New York Mess for a reason.

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

Cubs win if their pitching stays healthy. Even with Prior on the shelf they're OK for now with the Maddux signing. Houston's rotation is oustanding, but with Dotel closing that could be a reason for concern. St. Louis would be up their with the top two if they had one more good starter. And the gapt between the top of the Central and the bottom of the Central is as wide as the Grand Canyon.

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

Giants are the best of a weaker lot. Arizona could easily win the division if the rotation comes through and Jose Valverde establishes himself as the closer. San Diego is going to be much improved, and Khalil Green will be a star. Coloraod is the same place it always is, and the Dodgers offense is a bunch of pea shooters.

Wild-Card: Houston. It'll be between them and the Marlins.

American League Champion: Anaheim
National League Champion: Chicago

World Series Champion: Chicago Cubs



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AMERICAN LEAGUE
East
1. Boston
2. New York
3. Toronto
4. Baltimore
5. Tampa Bay
I'm not impressed with the Yankees pitching staff.
Central
1. Kansas City
2. Minnesota
3. Detroit
4. Chicago
5. Cleveland
Royals have too much young and growing talent, plus an added Juan Gonzalez in the middle.
West
1. Anaheim
2. Oakland
3. Seattle
4. Texas
Wild-Card: Oakland.
Oh how I wish my Texas Rangers would not finish in last, but alas, there is no chance.
NATIONAL LEAGUE
East
1. Philadelphia
2. Florida
3. Atlanta
4. Montreal
5. New York
This division bores me to tears.
Central
1. Houston
2. Chicago
3. St. Louis
4. Milwaukee
5. Cincy
6. Pittsburgh
Prior is too big a question mark at this point for me to take them over Houston, though Chicago's offense should be better this year.
West
1. Arizona
2. San Fran
3. Dodgers
4. Colorado
5. San Diego
Nenn and Schmidt on the DL, Bonds with no roids to take. Well, at least they don't have Jose Cruz Jr in the outfield anymore.
Wild-Card: Chicago.

American League Champion: Boston
National League Champion: Chicago

World Series Champion: Boston (hey, it could happen)

(edited by The Amazing Salami on 1.4.04 0732)


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AL EAST
1. Boston
2. New York
3. Baltimore
4. Toronto
5. Tampa Bay
The Yankees don't have team chemistry, and they've gotten too far away from the mold that won them all those championships.
AL CENTRAL
1. Chicago
2. Minnesota
3. Kansas City
4. Cleveland
5. Detroit
The only team that I know won't win is Detroit. The AL Central is like the NBA East; someone has to win.
AL WEST
1. Oakland
2. Seattle
3. Anaheim
4. Texas
Zito, Hudson and Mulder just keep getting better. This division beats up on itself too much to get the Wild Card.
AL WILD CARD
New York
NL EAST
1. Atlanta
2. Philadelphia
3. Florida
4. Montreal
5. New York
There's a reason the Braves have won however many division titles in a row. Granted, that reason now plays in Chicago, but...
NL CENTRAL
1. Chicago
2. Houston
3. St. Louis
4. Cincinnati
5. Pittsburgh
6. Milwaukee
Why does this division have 6 teams? It's not fair to the Reds, Pirates and Brewers; they can have an exceptional season by their standards and still finish fourth.
NL WEST
1. Arizona
2. San Francisco
3. San Diego
4. Los Angeles
5. Colorado
Big Unit's got something to prove this year; 25 wins if he stays healthy.
NL WILD CARD
San Francisco

AL CHAMPION
Boston
NL CHAMPION
Chicago
WORLD SERIES CHAMPION
Neither, as Selig declares a tie.



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AL East:
Yankees
Red Sox
Blue Jays
Orioles
Devil Rays

I just can't see the Yankees not winning it. You know come the middle of the year they will shore up any holes they have (Magglio Ordonez to the Yanks?) The unbalanced schedule is going to play huge this year, as not only will the Jays and Orioles play a huge part in deciding who gets to take the East, but having to play each other so many times in such a loaded division could siphon off enough wins to keep whichever team comes in 2nd from getting a Wild Card...

AL Central:
Or perhaps they could just eliminate the playoff spot for this division and have 2 wild cards.
Royals
Twins
White Sox
Cleveland
Tigers

Cleveland could cause teams fits and possibly sneak up on some people. There are a lot of good young players there. Royals look good but the starting pitching is spotty. Twins have no bullpen. None. They turned it into VIP seating I think. White Sox will have at least 2 stretches where they win 9 of 10, and 2 more where they lose 10 of 12. Truly schizo team. Detroit...yeah.

AL West:
Angels
A's
Mariners
Rangers

This division is always a coin flip. I like the Colon pickup, he'll eat up a lot of innings and help keep them in games. You could convince me of any of these top 3 teams winning though.

NL East:
Phillies
Marlins
Atlanta
Mets
Expos

Phillies just look loaded for bear this season. I don't like to discount the Marlins, but it's hard to see them pulling it off again. But who knows? Atlanta finally implodes once and for all.

NL Central:
Astros
Cubs
Cardinals
Pirates
Reds
Brewers

Quite the gap between 3-4 in this division. All those bottom feeders should equal a wild card berth for the second place team. If Prior had been healthy I would have put the Cubs first, but I think the loss of their ace drops them back a game or two and puts them in the Wild Card spot.

NL West:
Diamonbacks
Giants
Padres
Dodgers
Rockies

No Schilling, but a healthy Unit should be enough. Much like the AL West though, I could see 2 or even 3 teams taking this division. I don't think whomever takes it gets out of their first series in the playoffs.

Div. Playoffs:
Yankees over A's
Angels over Royals
Cubs over Phillies
Astros over D'backs

LCS:
Yankees over Angels (no repeat performance)
Cubs over Astros

World Series:
It's all about pitching. No collapse this time. No Steve Bartman. The goat dies forever. Cubs in 6.









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I don't know if I can remember my predictions I made a couple months ago.

AL EAST
1. Boston
2. New York*
3. Toronto
4. Baltimore
5. Tampa Bay

LET'S GO O'S! Eh. It's really annoying being a fan of a team in this division if you aren't rooting for one of the top two.

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

I've picked Chicago for like four straight years and they keep making retarded decisions, so F them. I'd like to pick KC but I don't think their starters are good enough.

AL WEST
1. Oakland
2. Anaheim
3. Seattle
4. Texas

I could see any of the three winning, really. Seattle is old but might have one last season left in them. Anaheim's playing Darin Erstad at first base, which takes his CF defense away, which is really the ONLY reason to be starting Darin Erstad at all. I'd not pick Oakland since they lost another star player, but they keep losing bats and winning 100 games anyway, so what do I know?

Playoffs: Boston over Minnesota, New York over Oakland, Boston over New York

NL EAST
1. Atlanta
2. Philadelphia
3. NY Mets
4. Florida
5. Montreal

Atlanta still has a lot of good hitting (particularly if Drew stays healthy) and their pitching is good enough to win this division. The Mets could easily be better than people think they will be.

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

Chicago-Houston is a fresher version of Yankees-Sox. I'll take the Cubs just because I expect the Astros to start slow and turn it up in the second half.

NL WEST
1. Barry Bonds
2. Randy Johnson
3. Brian Giles
4. Jim Tracy
5. Todd Helton

Playoffs: Chicago over Barry Bonds, Houston over Atlanta, Houston over Chicago

World Series: Houston over Boston



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Ok, i'll throw my predictions in, mine look a little bit different than everyone else's (probably because they are wrong)

AL East (why do we always start with the East in these things? West Coast biased people! Ahem..sorry.
1. Yankees
2. Redsox
3. Baltimore
4. Tampa Bay
5. Toronto

I don't care if the Yankees don't have team chemistry, or they're pitching isn't good enough (which i don't really agree on anyway), it doesn't matter, they're the Yankees, the Redsox are the Redsox. Like spf said, if they need to fill a spot at the trade deadline they will, and they will win. Baltimore is improves but i'm not as impressed with Tejada/Palmeiro/Javy as i would've been if they had Vlad. But they'll still finish 3rd. And Tampa will finish ahead of SOMEBODY this year, I just know it. (Just like I knew Florida was going to the Final Four)

AL Central
1. Royals
2. Indians
3. Twins
4. Whitesox
5. Detroit

Ok, call me crazy but I do think the Indians will finish 2nd. Again like spf said (he must be smart) Cleveland has a lot of good young players. Lawton, Gerut, Bradley, Escobar, Broussard, Crisp, Sabathia, Jason Davis, Cliff Lee. In a division that isn't all that impressive i'll think they'll finish in a surprising second. Kansas City will win it in the end though.

AL West
1. Oakland
2. Anaheim
3. Seattle
4. Texas

I'll still take Hudson/Zito/Mulder over any other threesome. Anaheim is much improved but Oakland will win by just a few games. I don't buy Seattle right now, Cameron is gone, Edgar and Olerud are another year older and will have to bounce back from some injuries, made a couple nice additions though, they'll be in it at the end but I don't see them finishing higher than third.


NL East
1. Phillies
2. Braves
3. Mets
4. Marlins
5. Expos

Phillies obviously should win, Braves don't look as good but still should finish second in a weak division. Mets should be a .500 or better team because Piazza, Floyd, Cameron and Glavine SHOULD all have a better year. If Matsui and Reyes can get on base it could be a dangerous scoring tandem. Like the Angels last year I think the Marlins will take a step back because of the losses of Pudge and Lee. Expos minus Vlad Guerrero = last place.


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

The Astros and Cubs are pretty even all around, but I like Houston's offense slightly better. I'm looking forward to these two going at it more than Redsox/Yankees, i can't wait to see a three game series of Prior vs. Oswalt, Wood vs Pettitte, Maddux vs. Clemens.

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

Yes, I did say the Rockies, I like their offense to dominate, enough to get past a pretty weak conference. First Kent, then Aurilia, Bonds is starting to lose all his help. But he alone will out score the Dodgers.

AL Wildcard: Angels
NL Wildcard: Cubs

Div. Playoffs
Angels over Yankees
A's over Royals
Cubs over Phillies
Astros over Rockies

LCS
A's over Angels
Astros over Cubs

World Series
A's over Astros

MVPS
National - Todd Helton
American - Vlad Guerrero

CY Yougs
National - Roy Oswalt
American - Barry Zito

Rookie of the Year
National - Kaz Matsui
American - Joe Mauer





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Off the seat of my butt:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST

1. YANKEES YANKEES YANKEES
2. Boston*
3. Baltimore
4. Toronto
5. Tampon Gay

I laugh at the earlier post about the Yankees' lack of team chemistry. Uh, they've played two games? Hard to say that on April Fool's Gay? Okay. If the Yankees get a serious injury to a major player, they'll fall to second, but if the Red Sox get a serious injury to a major player, they won't make the playoffs at all. So it evens out. Nice to see the O's make some moves this season.

CENTRAL
1. Kansass City
2. Chicago
3. Minnesota
4. Cleveland
5. Detroit

You watch Juan Gone makes the difference here. White Sox, eh, I can't see Big Hurt listening to Ozzie. Indians could sneak in here somewhere. Poor I-Rod.

WEST
1. Oakland
2. Anaheim
3. Seattle
4. Texas

Give the nod to pitching over Vlad. M's would win the AL Central, at least one of the NL divisions and compete for the NL wild card.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

EAST
1. Atlanta
2. Philadelphia
3. Florida
4. New York
5. Montreal

Braves always win. Even when they're not supposed to, they do. At least in the regular season, then they collapse like Rob Feinstein at the Toys 'R Us (HO HO BURN DOODS I MADE A SMARK JOKE IN THE SPORTS FORUM w00t). Philly and the Marlins will make respectable foes. Mets and 'Spos won't.

CENTRAL
1. Houston
2. St. Louis*
3. Chicago
4. Milwaukee
5. Pittsburgh
6. Cincinnati

Stros made some nice moves. The longer Prior is out, the less I like the Cubs' chances. If St. Louis makes a midseason move for some pitching help, they could very easily take this thing. POO HOLES.

WEST
1. San Francisco
2. San Diego
3. Los Angeles
4. Arizona
5. Coloardo

Giants the best of a less than awesome bunch. Padres have lots of nice young talent. Arizona has lots of Old people.

GAYOFFS
DIVISION SERIES
AL -- New York d. Kansas City 3-1; Oakland d. Boston 3-2
NL -- St. Louis d. San Francisco 3-1; Houston d. Atlanta 3-0
LCS
AL -- New York d. Oakland 4-2
NL -- St. Louis d. Houston 4-3
WORLD SERIES
New York d. St. Louis 4-2

(edited by DONUTDREAMS on 1.4.04 1614)


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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.24
    Originally posted by Quezzy
    Cleveland has a lot of good young players. Lawton


Matt Lawton is 32 years old and has been terrible in Cleveland. His salary is an albatross.

(edited by ScottieKStones on 1.4.04 1638)


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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.11
    Originally posted by ScottieKStones
      Originally posted by Quezzy
      Cleveland has a lot of good young players. Lawton


    Matt Lawton is 32 years old and has been terrible in Cleveland. His salary is an albatross.

    (edited by ScottieKStones on 1.4.04 1638)


And apparently they're going to part ways with Milton Bradley just days before the season starts.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ mlb/news/story?id=1773330

(edited by The Amazing Salami on 1.4.04 1342)


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A.L. East ... 1-New York, 2-Boston, 3-Baltimore, 4-Tampa Bay, 5-Toronto.

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

A.L. West ... 1-Anaheim, 2-Seattle, 3-Oakland, 4-Texas.

A.L. WILD CARD ... Kansas City.

N.L. East ... 1-Atlanta, 2-Philadelphia, 3-Florida, 4-New York, 5-Montreal.

N.L. Central ... 1-Houston, 2-Chicago, 3-St. Louis, 4-Pittsburgh, 5-Cincinnati, 6-Milwaukee

N.L. West ... 1-Arizona, 2-Los Angeles, 3-San Diego, 4-San Francisco, 5-Colorado.

N.L. WILD CARD ... Chicago.





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Sho' Nuff:

AL East:
1. Yankees
2. Boston
3. Toronto
4. Baltimore
5. Tampa Bay

Come on, the Yankees lineup plays like an all star team, and the Sox are banged up. I do hope that I'm wrong about this though.

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

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

BIAS ALERT: I'm an Angels fan.

AL Wildcard: Boston

Angels over Yankees
Boston over KC

Angels over Boston

NL East:
1. Phillies
2. Florida
3. Atlanta
4. Mets
5. Expos

Atlanta will be a .500 team this year.

NL Central:
1. Houston
2. Cubs
3. St. Louis
4. Cincinatti
5. Pittsburgh
6. Milwaukee

NL West:
1. Giants
2. LA
3. Arizona
4. San Diego
5. Colorado

Wishful thinking has my Dodgers playing above themselves the one time that no one expects it.

NL Wildcard: Chicago

Phillies over Chicago
Houston over Giants

Phillies over Houston

WS: Angels over Phillies



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.24
    Originally posted by Torchslasher
    Come on, the Yankees lineup plays like an all star team


I must disagree with both you and Ben Affleck about this. Kenny Lofton, Hideki Matsui, Bernie Williams and Enrique Wilson are half of the lineup.



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Time to roll the dice:

AL East

1. Boston
2. New York (WC)
3. Toronto
4. Baltimore
5. Tampa

The shortstop and Nixon being hurt in April could be a concern, but Nixon has never hit in April in his career, and a month off might mean the shortstop doesn't fold like a cheap accordion down the stretch like he did last season. Plus, Fenway is a pitchers park in April, so the lack of offense doesn't hurt as much. Yankees will win around a hundred, and hopefully the D-Backs stay in contention so Randy Johnson doesn't land in their rotation. Blue Jays would win the Central by 10 games, but they aren't in the Central. Still don't like the O's pitching, and Tampa's pitching still is weak.

AL Central

1. None of the Below
1a. Since I have to pick someone Kansas City
2. Minnesota
3. White Sox
4. Cleveland
5. Detroit

Milton Bradley being booted drops Cleveland out of the 3 spot. KC is the best of a bad lot.

AL West

1. Anaheim
2. Oakland
3. Seattle
4. Texas

Only team in this division I like is Anaheim. I think the losses finally catch up to Oakland for a year, and Seattle is seeing age weaken them.

NL East

1. Atlanta
2. Philadelphia
3. Florida
4. Montreal
5. Sid Eudy's Softball Team
6. Metropolitans

Until someone beats Atlanta, I'll pick them. Larry Bowa is the great equalizer to the Phillies talent. Benitez is a disaster waiting to happen, and I don't think lightning strikes twice. Expos will try, and fade. Gee, Soriano for Reyes would look good to the Mets now, wouldn't it?

NL Central

1. Houston
2. Chicago (WC)
3. St. Louis
4. Milwaukee
5. Pittsburgh
6. Cinci

Houston has solid pitching and a solid order. Can't pick the Cubs to win a division 2 straight years, that goes against laws of nature. St. Louis has an offense, but very suspect pitching. And, how does 1 title in 25 years make LaRussa a genius? Throw 4-6 in a hat, they all are sub .500

NL West

1. San Diego
2. Arizona
3. San Francisco
4. Rockies
5. Dodgers

The NL answer to the AL Central. Padres because, well, someone has to win, and some team comes out of nowhere the past few years, so why not them. Arizona is second mainly as protection against Randy Johnson being traded to the Yankees. Giants will fall this year. Rockies have hitting but no pitching. Dodgers have no hitting but Jeff Weaver. Thus, Dodgers in last.

AL Playoffs
Red Sox over KC in 4.
Yankees over Angels in 5.
Red Sox over Yankees in 6 (I'm not screwing around with a Game 7)

NL Playoffs
Cubs over Braves in 4.
Astros over Padres in 3.
Astros over Cubs in 5.

World Series
Red Sox over Astros in 7, as Clemens gets sent into retirement giving up 6 runs in 2 innings.



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AL East: Red Sox, BLUE JAYS, Yankees, Orioles, Devil Rays
I'm such a diehard fan, I know, but the Jays have a chance if Boston and NY kill each other. Realistically, the Jays will be in third.

AL Central: White Sox, Royals, Twins, Indians, Tigers
Guillen will be a huge boost to Chicago's team attitude

AL West: Angels, Mariners, Athletics, Rangers

Wild Card: Someone out of the east
Pennant: Red Sox


NL East: Phillies, Marlins, Braves, Mets, Expos
Hail hail, Atlanta is finally dethroned

NL Central: Astros, Cubs, Cardinals, Pirates, Reds, Brewers

NL West: Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Rockies

Wild Card: Cubs
Pennant: Cubs (Prior will be healthy by October, fingers crossed)


Greatest World Series ever: Cubs over Red Sox, since Boston will be too emotionally spent after beating the Yankees



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AL East:

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

The Yankees are the Yankees, and unless they implode, they should win the division. The Red Sox COULD pose a serious threat- is Francona that much of an upgrade over Grady? The O's have the bats, and I think their pitching will be better than most people think. The Jays are stuck in limbo (Halladay can't pitch 5 days a week), and the Rays are gradually getting better, but they play in a tough division.

AL Central:

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

A bottom-heavy divisioni. The Royals and Twins are pretty even, but Pena I like better than Gardenhire. Can Ozzie and The (Big) Hurt get along? The Indians are "re-building" and all the Pudges in the world won't save Detroit from the cellar.

AL West:

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

Their arms will carry the A's into the playoffs, but Vlad will power the Angels up the charts. Even if the M's get Griffey back, they're just not good enough to compete with the top two. Did the Rangers do anything to help solve their pitching problem in the offseason?

NL East:

1. Marlins
2. Phillies
3. Braves
4. Mets
5. Expos

Okay, everyone knows I'm a Marlins fan, and I'm probably just being a homer on this one. As long as the pitching staff avoids injuries, they have as good a chance as any. And I love how everyone is overrating Derrek Lee, saying the Marlins won't be able to replace him in the lineup. The Phils are the Phils, meaning they'll crack when it counts (and Bowa will feel the wrath). Bobby Cox can't replace the losses by the Braves this offseason. The Mets still don't have enough pieces (but they are getting there), and the Expos will continue to bring up the rear until they get out of Montreal.

NL Central:

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

This will be a dogfight between the top three. The Cubs will ride their pitching (again) to the division title. The 'stros will close in, and I think I'm liking their lineup better than the Cubs. The Cards would be good enough to probably win two other divisions in baseball. The Pirates got some good bargain pickups this offseason. The Brewers lost one of their only intimidating hitters in Sexson. The Reds need Deion back.

NL West:

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

The Giants have some power players in Bonds, Schmidt and Nen (if he can stay healthy). The Dodgers offense will do just enough to hold off the D-Backs, as Brandon Webb has some big shoes to fill replacing Schilling. Giles-Nevin-Klesko will give some teams problems, but will their pitching hold up? Unitl the Rockies learn how to win away from Coors, they're not going anywhere.

AL Playoffs:
Yankees over Royals in 4.
Red Sox over A's in 7.
Yankees over Red Sox in 6.

NL Playoffs:
Giants over Astros in 6.
Cubs over Marlins in 7 (even I'm not that much of a homer)
Cubs over Giants in 5.

World Series:
Yankees over Cubs in 6. Sorry Cubs fans....wait til' next year.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.32
    Originally posted by geemoney
    The O's have the bats, and I think their pitching will be better than most people think. The Jays are stuck in limbo (Halladay can't pitch 5 days a week)


The O's pitching is ass terrible, and Halladay didn't pitch five days a week last year and they won 86 games. Miguel Batista and Ted Lilly are a serious upgrade over Cory Lidle and Mark Hendrickson. Sidney Ponson is not a serious upgrade over Sidney Ponson. Toronto can hit, too. Baltimore's lineup is improved, sure, but is Javy Lopez going to hit 40 homers again? I hope so. Palmeiro is going to be 40 years old in September.

I mean, I'll be glad if I'm wrong, but realistically, the Blue Jays are still better than Baltimore, even if Baltimore tried to give us hope by throwing money at three hitters. If Matt Riley and Kurt Anglesworth come through, the pitching could be surprising. But the organization hasn't developed a *good* young pitcher since...Mike Mussina?



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    Originally posted by geemoney
    is Francona that much of an upgrade over Grady?








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You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

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geemoney: Grady's become for Boston what Jeff Cirillo is to Seattle... as in, anyone looking for a position with the Red Sox can put "Is Not Grady Little" on their resumé.

Mine:

AL East:
1. Boston
2. Yankees (WC... and in more ways than one)
3. Toronto
4. Tampa Bay
5. Baltimore

AL Central:
1. Kansas City
2. Minnesota
3. White Sox
4. (a bucket of warm spit)
5. Detroit
6. Cleveland

AL West:
1. Anaheim
2. Oakland
3. Seattle
4. Tejas

AL thoughts: Boston just doesn't have the land mines the Yankees will. The Red Sox have some injury issues, but they survived without Nomar (for all intents and purposes) in the ALCS quite nicely. Our problems are more obvious, but the Yankees have the potential to blow up even worse. And for some reason, I feel like Tampa Bay's going to bust their asses and get out of last, while Palmiero and Javy will do somewhat less than Jack Shit and Tejada won't do quite as well as expected. Also, I second Scottie's comment on Ponson (which made me crack up).

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

NL Central:
1. Cubs
2. Houston (WC)
3. Pittsburgh
4. St. Louis
5. Milwaukee
6. Cincinatti

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

NL Thoughts:
If the Reds were in the AL Central... they'd be behind the Indians. And a potted plant. The NL West could go to anyone whose team name isn't "Dodgers" or "Rockies". Consequently, it'll be real tight between the top three there. Pittsburgh, I don't know. I think they've made enough good, cheap pickups to improve. The Patriots they are not, but they're in the right direction. Oh, and the Braves will suck heroically. But not as much as everyone behind them.

PLAYOFFS:
ALDS: Boston over Anaheim, Kansas City over Yankees (Royals will fatten up on their division... although that bucket of warm spit could give them matchup problems)
NLDS: Philadelphia over Houston, Cubs over Diamonbacks (the Phillies could pull it off, in spite of their Little-ish manager)
ALCS: Boston over Kansas City (okay, they're not THAT good, people... I think the ALDS would be an upset there)
NLCS: Cubs over Philadelphia (didn't I just call Larry Bowa "Little-ish"?)
World Series: Red Sox over Cubs. Michael Wilbon cries in his coffee ice cream (come on), Steinbrenner fires himself.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.29
    Originally posted by ScottieKStones
    The O's pitching is ass terrible, and Halladay didn't pitch five days a week last year and they won 86 games. Miguel Batista and Ted Lilly are a serious upgrade over Cory Lidle and Mark Hendrickson. Sidney Ponson is not a serious upgrade over Sidney Ponson. Toronto can hit, too. Baltimore's lineup is improved, sure, but is Javy Lopez going to hit 40 homers again? I hope so. Palmeiro is going to be 40 years old in September.

    I mean, I'll be glad if I'm wrong, but realistically, the Blue Jays are still better than Baltimore, even if Baltimore tried to give us hope by throwing money at three hitters. If Matt Riley and Kurt Anglesworth come through, the pitching could be surprising. But the organization hasn't developed a *good* young pitcher since...Mike Mussina?
The pitching is going to be better than everyone thinks. If(and it is a big IF)Ponson pitches like he did last year, I expect Ainsworth to have a stellar year. Riley should live up to potential(finally) and both DuBose and Bedard are two very good young lefties you've never heard of. With three lefties, we're in good shape.

(edited by Grimis on 2.4.04 0744)


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No love for my Brewers from any of y'all. Oh, right...we suck. *sobbing*

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