(P.S. my strong suit is AL teams as you’ll notice with my comments below)
National League East
Team W L
x-Philadelphia 102 60
Best collection of starting pitchers of all-time? Let them take the field first but on paper it should compete with the Braves teams of old. Their offense is overrated but still in the NL they should dominate.
y-Atlanta 95 73
Your team of the future bullpen has a lot to prove and so does the starters. Tommy Hanson should take the next step.
Florida 81 81
This team does just enough to be .500 congrats to that
Mets 79 83
Blow this team up and try again. Seriously, they have talented chronically injured players. You can’t win a division from a hospital bed.
Washington 79 83
Stephen ’Mark Prior’ Strasburg, oh how we barely knew thee. This team has talent, has prospects but the owners want to win now and they make impatient moves like signing an overrated Jayson Werth. Reminds me of the Cubs signing Alfonso Soriano and I don’t see the Nationals fairing much better.
National League Central
Team W L
x-Cincinnati 88 74
I still believe. Injuries to their pitching staff aside they still have the most complete team in the central. Dusty Baker is the only thing getting in their way.
Milwaukee 81 81
I want you to win the division, I really do. I like your team, you’re right next to Chicago, I like to visit your fine town. But how can you trust this team? Luck doesn’t seem to be on their side. Call it nothing more than a gut feeling but I think Grienke will be dealing with his broken ribs all year. Remember Jacoby Ellsbury from last year? If he was a first baseman I’d say he’d be fine but someone who uses their whole body to throw the ball 90-100 times a game won’t be able to hang through the whole season.
Cubs 79 83
I’d like to say I’m happy at their demise but I’m not. They have new owner’s that don’t know what they are doing. A GM that should have been fired long ago and aging talent with bloated unmovable contracts. They are hogtied by these bloated contracts and they desperately need to start the process of rebuilding their farm system. It’s going to be a rough ride but they do finally have a manager who cares at least.
St Louis 79 83
I think this team could hit it’s was to the top of the weak central but the shaky bullpen and loss of Wainwright puts them in third for me.
Pittsburgh 76 86
I really like the direction this offense is headed. Their bullpen of Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek is a nice 1-2 punch if they continue to develop. This team could be the next Cincinnati next year if they find some starting pitching.
Houston 75 87
This team turned it around in the second half but they still have a long way to go before they become a contender again.
National League West
Team W L
x-San Francisco 91 71
You look at their lineup and you wonder how the hell did they just win a World Series. Just shows how getting hot at the right time can lead you all the way to the series. Have a top flight rotation and bullpen doesn’t hurt either. This team should have too much of a letdown playing in the NL West but they will need to keep watch for the Rockies nipping at their heels.
Colorado 90 72
They have the power, they have the pitching. Will Huston Street stay healthy through a whole season? Even if he doesn’t which I doubt he will, they should still be challenging the Giants throughout the season.
Dodgers 87 75
Meh, this team is about as exciting to me as watching cricket. Their infield looks like a ragged bunch of has-beens and never will-be’s. Matt Kemp and Either should be a force and their 5 man rotation is solid. Look for Lilly have a huge year.
San Diego 69 93
They have the pitching and they have a park that allows them to win games with that pitching. Most of their wins will be a score of 2-1 because they have no run support whatsoever. That and I don’t see them winning a road game the whole year.
Arizona 67 95
They have a nice park, it’s a good thing they put a pool in there because that’s the only reason to go. Or maybe to get the fried macaroni squares at the TGIFriday’s. Seriously though Daniel Hudson should develop and Chris Young will show again who the best player on that team is. Justin Upton is all show and no go and J.J. Putz stayed healthy enough to get paid and fall into obscurity again.