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AL East

 

1. Red Sox

2. Blue Jays

3. Yankees

4. Orioles

5. Rays

 

 

 

 

AL Central

 

1. Twins

2. Tigers

3. White Sox

4. Indians

5. Royals

 

 

 

 

AL West

 

1. Rangers

2. Athletics*

3. Angels

4. Mariners

 

 

 

 

NL East

 

1. Phillies

2. Braves

3. Nationals

4. Marlins

5. Mets

 

 

 

 

NL Central

 

1. Cubs

2. Reds

3. Cardinals

4. Brewers

5. Astros

6. Pirates

 

 

 

 

NL West

 

1. Giants

2. Rockies*

3. Padres

4. Dodgers

5. Diamondbacks

 

 

 

 

ALDS

 

Red Sox over Rangers in 4

Twins over A's in 5

 

 

 

 

NLDS

 

Giants over Phillies in 5

Cubs over Rockies in 5

 

 

 

 

ALCS

 

Red Sox over Twins in 6

 

 

 

 

NLCS

 

Giants over Cubs in 6

 

 

 

 

World Series

 

Red Sox over Giants in 7

 

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I agree, I think the Sox have a good shot of winning it all.

 

No way the Jays finish second.

 

Tigers win the central

 

I think the Reds take the central again, maybe even the Brewers.

 

 

Sox over Phillies

 

haven't you heard about utley? big hole in the lineup with him and werth gone.

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I agree, I think the Sox have a good shot of winning it all.

 

No way the Jays finish second.

 

Tigers win the central

 

I think the Reds take the central again, maybe even the Brewers.

 

 

Sox over Phillies

 

What chu talking about Willis?

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I agree, I think the Sox have a good shot of winning it all.

 

No way the Jays finish second.

 

Tigers win the central

 

I think the Reds take the central again, maybe even the Brewers.

 

 

Sox over Phillies

 

Boston is way overrated. Their bottom three in the rotation is worse then the Yankees bottom three and their pen is not nearly has good. The Yankees are still the team to beat in that division

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nah i don't see it without adrian. plus the loss of eckstein and torrealba (big giant killers) sucks the leadership out of the team last year was a missed opportunity. the division is too strong. maybe they can beat the dodgers. actually i might change my prediction to the rockies as the wildcard.

 

 

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i don't know who that guy is who talked about overrated and then said the yankees are the team to beat but 'nuff said.

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AL East

 

1. Red Sox

2. Rays

3. Yankees

4. Blue Jays

5. Orioles

 

AL Central

 

1. Minnesota

2. Detroit

3. Chicago

4. Cleveland

5. Kansas City

 

AL West

 

1. Oakland

2. Texas (Wild Card)

3. LA Angels

4. Seattle

 

NL East

 

1. Atlanta

2. NY Mets (Wild Card) I can dream can't I?

3. Philadelphia

4. Washington

5. Florida

 

NL Central

 

1. Chicago

2. Cincinatti

3. St. Louis

4. Houston

5. Pittsburgh

 

NL West

 

1. San Francisco

2. LA Dodgers

3. Colorado

4. San Diego

5. Arizona

 

Before I get blasted... I think the Phillies are going to have some trouble. That rotation is sick on paper. But Oswalt and Halladay are both 33, and Cliff Lee is 32. Blanton sucks anyways. The bullpen is already a question mark because Lidge is going to start the season on the DL, as is Utley (a Beltran situation), and Werth is gone. I'm going on record right now that they won't have the best starting 5 in the National League when it is said and done. Plus I really do think with Emaus taking over at 2B, Thole taking over at catcher, and a full season of Bay and Davis, and the Mets are going to have a dynamite hitting lineup.

 

I am prepared for your ridicule.

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nah i don't see it without adrian. plus the loss of eckstein and torrealba (big giant killers) sucks the leadership out of the team last year was a missed opportunity. the division is too strong. maybe they can beat the dodgers. actually i might change my prediction to the rockies as the wildcard.

 

 

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i don't know who that guy is who talked about overrated and then said the yankees are the team to beat but 'nuff said.

They still have the best lineup 1-9 in all of baseball. I wouldn't count out the Rays either. They have a better rotation overall then NY or Boston, especially with Hellickson coming up. Jennings will replace Crawford just fine.

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the lineup will surprise people--probably the most complete lineup they've had in over 10 years. orlando hudson and bartlett are great pickups and venable and possibly maybin are gonna break out big time.

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I just don't see it. With Wells and Marcum gone?

 

I think we will miss Wells more then Marcum, we got alot of depth at pitcher this year and young depth as well. I'm more worried about our bating order and if Bautista can keep up hitting those HRs.

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haven't you heard about utley? big hole in the lineup with him and werth gone.

 

Outlook isn't good on Utley, especially considering that the surgery he might need isn't 100% guaranteed to fix the problem. But it's not a done deal that he's gonna be out all season just yet. Werth isn't quite as big a loss as people are thinking though, he's never hit .300 and never had 100 RBIs - not to mention he finished dead last in the NL in average with RISP last season. Losing his defense, especially that arm, is gonna hurt the most I think.

 

Before I get blasted... I think the Phillies are going to have some trouble. That rotation is sick on paper. But Oswalt and Halladay are both 33, and Cliff Lee is 32. Blanton sucks anyways. The bullpen is already a question mark because Lidge is going to start the season on the DL, as is Utley (a Beltran situation), and Werth is gone. I'm going on record right now that they won't have the best starting 5 in the National League when it is said and done. Plus I really do think with Emaus taking over at 2B, Thole taking over at catcher, and a full season of Bay and Davis, and the Mets are going to have a dynamite hitting lineup.

 

I am prepared for your ridicule.

 

That's some high hopes you've got there, jim.

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That's some high hopes you've got there, jim.

 

 

Might as well shoot for the moon, right, Teuf? LOL. I'm really excited about the Mets' lineup, even without Beltran. The starting pitching worries me a bit, though. Not having Johan is going to hurt, so I'm hoping they can hang around near the top of the division until Johan comes back and if he can be the Johan everyone expects him to be, then we will have a tough team.

 

With the Phillies, yeah, they are going to be really tough. I just don't know about Oswalt, Blanton, and Hamels. I think Halladay is going to be a horse as usual. I think Lee will probably be very, very good as usual. But the other three, I think there is potential for things to fall apart. Hamels has a troubling injury history, Blanton is basically just an innings eater, and Oswalt I think this may be the year he starts to break down. You never know... but if the championship was decided on paper they wouldn't have to play... and the Phillies would win it all. But they didn't make it to the World Series last year, though, and they Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt.

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Might as well shoot for the moon, right, Teuf? LOL. I'm really excited about the Mets' lineup, even without Beltran. The starting pitching worries me a bit, though. Not having Johan is going to hurt, so I'm hoping they can hang around near the top of the division until Johan comes back and if he can be the Johan everyone expects him to be, then we will have a tough team.

 

With the Phillies, yeah, they are going to be really tough. I just don't know about Oswalt, Blanton, and Hamels. I think Halladay is going to be a horse as usual. I think Lee will probably be very, very good as usual. But the other three, I think there is potential for things to fall apart. Hamels has a troubling injury history, Blanton is basically just an innings eater, and Oswalt I think this may be the year he starts to break down. You never know... but if the championship was decided on paper they wouldn't have to play... and the Phillies would win it all. But they didn't make it to the World Series last year, though, and they Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt.

 

A lot of people around here seem to think a WS championship is in the bag already since the Lee signing, I know better than to think like that. Halladay is Halladay - dominant most of the time, but of course he's going to have a few stinkers here and there. Same with Lee, so long as he stays healthy. Oswalt has had some back issues, but he was lights out after he got traded here last season. Hamels bounced back nicely last year after a lousy 2009...hasn't had any significant injuries in the last few years and was outstanding in the second half of the season last year. His record definitely didn't reflect how well he pitched. And I think Blanton is one of the most underappreciated pitchers on any staff. He's not going to put up Hallday-like numbers, but he gives you a chance to win every game. He's been their most consistent pitcher besides Doc this spring too.

 

Bottom line though, none of this matters if the bats can't come out of the funk they were in last season. Doesn't matter how great the pitching is, how many 1-0 or 2-1 games can you really depend on winning? Postseason is a whole different animal though, good pitching beats good hitting and the hot team beats the good team - both of which the Giants proved last year in their run...same as the Phils did in 08.

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