Monday, March 31, 2008

MLB Predictions: National League

1. NY Mets
2. Philadelphia Phillies
3. Atlanta Braves
4. Florida Marlins
5. Washington Nationals

The Mets were the best team in the National League for 5 ½ months last season before the collapse. This off-season they brought in the best pitcher of this generation without losing any contributing pieces from last season’s team. If Pedro Martinez is healthy you can expect to see the Mets' rotation be a strength whereas it was a major weakness heading into last season. Their lineup is headed by three potential MVP candidates in David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran and should score enough runs to finish in the Top 10 in baseball again. Ultimately I think they’re the class of the NL and a solid tier above the contending Phillies and Braves. I think the Mets win the division handily on their way to a low 90’s win season and home-field advantage throughout the NL Playoffs.

1. Chicago Cubs
2. Milwaukee Brewers
3. Cincinatti Reds
4. Houston Astros
5. St. Louis Cardinals

Last year I went the route of the “homer” and picked my Brewers to win the division. It almost happened. This year I'm going to go against my heart and stick to my head. I feel like the Cubs are true co-favorites with the Milwaukee Brewers. I give a slight edge to the Cubs because they haven’t lost anyone significant from the division championship team last season and added one more free agent signing in the off-season with Japanese import Kosuke Fukudome. The Cubs are one of the more balanced teams in the National League and could post the best bullpen in the league. I see the Brewers' bullpen as a questionmark and a weakness and so I'm giving the edge to the Cubs in an extremely tight race. This will be down to the wire and I think that whoever doesn't win the division here gets in as the wildcard. That being said GO BREWERS!

1. LA Dodgers
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
3. Colorado Rockies
4. San Diego Padres
5. San Fransisco Giants

The NL West is looking like the strongest division in the NL to me. Truly I think it will be a great entertaining 3-way race. It seems every year the question with the Dodgers isn’t one regarding talent but one dealing with whether they’re going to do everything in their power to get the most talent on the field. The Dodgers have long held one of the more impressive farm systems in baseball but now that talent is going to be on the field for the most part. Don't get me wrong I think the Diamondbacks are poised for another great run. The Dbacks have a stellar rotation with Webb and Haren being an incredible 1-2 punch. My lack in confidence in the Dbacks is much like the Brewers, the amount of young talent is overwhelming. However, unlike the Brewers, the pitching is not the question mark it is their hitting. They have good young hitters with tons of potential that just haven't been able to produce at the Major League Level. I think Torre will be able to handle the Dodgers' youngsters and polish them enough to win the msot competitive division in the NL.


NY Mets defeat Milwaukee Brewers in 4
LA Dodgers defeat Chicago Cubs in 4

NY Mets defeat LA Dodgers in 6

NY Mets defeat DET Tigers in 7


Stefan Ming said...

NL West I got:
1. Rockies
2. DBacks
3. Dodgers
4. Padres
5. Giants

stephen a said...

Marlins over the Nats eh? That's ballsy. Also I think the D-Backs win the West. And personally I don't see how two NL Central teams make it, then again they get to beat up on the other 4 teams a bit.

Eddie Maisonet, III said...

your crazy if you think that Atlanta finishes 3rd in the NL East. Glavine, Smoltz, Hampton, Hudson and newly acquired Jurrjens (potential #3 starter for DET) we could possible have one of the top 3 rotations again this season. We have a bit of addition by subtraction with 'Druw Jones (my boy) and we are strong defensively.

With Pedro down and the shaky bullpen/starting pitching for Philly, I'd say your assessment is slightly off.

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kevin said...