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NL Pre-Season Rankings

Posted on: February 13, 2008 3:22 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2008 10:51 pm
 

NL West: This is turning into not just the most competitive division in the National League, but the division with the most talent as teams are picking up a lot of AL talent and talent from other NL areas. Expect 4 teams to be in the race going into the final month, and like last year

 

Diamondbacks - The pick up of Dan Haren to replace Livan Hernandez will put these kids over the top in their division this year. This season will depend on their young guys continuing to progress throughout the year. They had a break out year by Chris Young last year, and have a lot of young prospects (like Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds)  who look primed to repeat that this year.

Padres - They've still got the best pitching in the conference with Jake Peavy, Chris R. Young, and Maddux. The addition of Mark Prior could prove to be a huge move, or a giant bust. Time will tell. They've also amped up their batting with Jeff DaVanon and Jim Edmonds, but there are still holes throughout the rest of the batting order. While their batting leaves a lot to be desired it should still be enough as long as their pitching can continue to carry them through another year.

Dodgers - The Dodgers had a nice core last year, but didn't do anything with it. The addition of Andruw Jones into their line-up could prove to be just what they needed offensively. Jones had a down year last year, and it should be interesting to see how he bounces back with the Dodgers against better pitching. The Dodgers also bolstered up their pitching rotation with Japanese pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. For the most part this is an older team, and injuries will probably be their downfall.

Rockies - For the most part the Rockies stood pat with the young team they had. The additions of Marcus Giles and Scott Podsednik could provide some good veteran leadership. The loss of Kazuo Matsui could prove costly for this young team, but for the most part you're looking at the same team that made its way to the World Series through the back door last year. Before the Rockies fans jump on me, let me just reiterate that the #4 spot in this division is not an insult, the division is too tough for that.

  Giants - The team that needed to do the most this off season has done the least. They have finally parted ways with the roid king himself, Barry Bonds, and replaced him with Aaron Rowand. Great move, but it only addresses the removal of one freak from the locker room. They've still got a long way to go, and chances are they won't be competitive for another year or so.

 

NL Central: This is certainly a top-heavy division and the top three will be really competitive with the remaining three dropping out of the race no later than late July.

Cubs - The NL Central Champs return most of their players with the execption of a few players who had down years last year and didn't have a huge impact. In addition to their returning roster they have added Kosuke Fukudome, a Japanese OF who puts up a huge .383 carreer BA, and averages 21 HR's a season. The Cubs have to be the frontrunner in the NL Central this year.

Cardinals - The return of Chris Carpenter, and other key players from injury are going to be huge for the Cardinals. But the losses of Scott Rolen, David Eckstein, Jim Edmonds, Troy Percival are hardly made up for by the additions of Troy Glaus  Cesar Izturis. They'll be competitive, but likely fall short in the end.

 

Astros- These guys had a huge firesale as if they were going out of business. They've traded away Chris Burke, Brad Lidge, Chad Qualls, Mike Lamb, and the list goes on. But that firesale sThey've picked up some quality players, like Geoff Blum, Darin Erstad, Kazuo Matsui and Miguel Tejada. Should be interesting to see what these guys can do.

 

Brewers - A late season collapse last year kept them out of the playoffs. The only key losses this offseason were Johnny Estrada,  Kevin Mench, and Scott Linebrink, and Francisco Cordero. They will be effectively replaced by Jason Kendall, Mike Cameron, and Eric Gagne. The Brewers organization appears to know what it is doing. They'll be right there until the end, and could pull off the Division Championship if they can avoid that late season slump.

 

Reds - Didn't do much outside of acquiring Francisco CorderoJeremy Affeldt and a bunch of minor leaguers. Since the Reds can't score runs, and their pitching is awful, Cordero won't get many save situations, etgo we'll see if those minor leaguers pay off. Otherwise, it will be another subpar season for the Reds.

 

Pirates - In addition to a plethora of minor leaguers they picked up Doug Mientkiewicz which is nice, but won't be nearly enough.

 

 

 

NL East: This should be an interesting race for three teams, but as usual the Nationals and Marlins will be the whipping boys of the National league.

Mets - All you need to know, and probably already do, is Johan Santana. They blew their 7 game lead to lose the division race in the final 17 games. Santana alone is enough to pick up those extra games to secure the division race.

 

Braves - The additions of Tom Glavine and  Mark Kotsay are huge. But not nearly as big as having Mark Teixeira for a full season. They did lose Andruw Jones and Edgar Renteria, but they're certainly more loaded this year than last and have the deepest pitching rotation in the division. They'll be right on the heels of the Mets when all is said and done.

Phillies - The Phillies in the three spot can only mean one thing, this is going to be a tight division race. They lost out big with the loss of Aaron Rowand, the losses of  Jon Lieber and Tadahito Iguchi don't help matters much either. The pick-ups of Pedro Feliz, Geoff Jenkins, and most importantly Brad Lidge will help. But bottom line is that Rowand is too great of a loss for them to overcome and still win the division this

Nationals - Although they've been suprisingly better since returning to D.C. a few years ago, this team typically consists of has-beens or never-will-bes. There are the few players inbetween. D.C. seems to be a pit stop for trades or on the way out the door. This year they'll feature guys like Johnny Estrada, Aaron Boone, and Wily Mo Pena so they'll pick up more games than Florida, but don't look for them to be able to keep up with the rest of the division.

Marlins - I think the ownership of these guys are suicidal, not only did they trade away their best player, Dontrelle Willis, after having an off year, but they picked up the marvellous  Byung-Hyun Kim. That in and of itself should secure them the worst record in the entire MLB.

Comments

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2008 12:34 pm
 

NL Pre-Season Rankings

hmmm looks like the mets ace johan loses games just like any other pitcher..



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2008 8:31 pm
 

NL Pre-Season Rankings

phillies in third? dont think so. this guy doesnt know anything if he thinks geoff jenkins and iguchi are big losses. jenkins didnt play all year and iguchi is behind CHASE UTLEY. Rowand was good ans it is a loss but i think they'll be even better this year. CHASE UTLEY FOR 08 MVP!



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2008 4:05 pm
 

NL Pre-Season Rankings

preaching to the choir GoDbacks. Also if you think about it we didnt exactly have a huge number of rookies last year. Chris Young, Mark Reynolds, Justin Upton, and Miguel Montero. Thats it. Considering  neither JUpton, Miggy, or CY hit over .232, its hard to say that they did well enough to be quote "primed for a sophomore slump". Also considering that Stephen Drew just finished his Sophomore slump after hitting .311 in his rookie year, I think that he is ready to produce. This was indicated by his .387 playoff batting average. With a bunch of young studs with nowhere to go but up, I think that thius year will be a great one. 


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Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2008 3:56 pm
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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2008 2:27 pm
 

NL Pre-Season Rankings

You seem like a very nice fella and I think anyone who loves baseball is OK with me.....but c'mon man! I will be the first to admit the Reds have been chumps for going on 10 yearss now, but when things look like they do now (getting better), even my pessimistic arse starts to get a little hop in my step and geeked up for opening day.

They definitely need one more proven innings eater that has the possibility of 11 - 15 wins.....because I'll tell you teh guy they have pecinled in as the third starter is one of the biggest steaming piles of crap you will find in any rotation....Matt Belisle....this guy thinks the world of himself and has no reason to. He is a #5 starter at best.

But a rotation of Harang, Arroyo, Bailey, Affeldt and either belisle or some other guy who may step up in spring will be OK with their lineup.

No bats? ARE you smokin' crack? Griffey - Dunn - Phillips -Encarnacion - Votto - can all swing it....with Keppinger filling in off the bench. Norris Hopper is decent. I haven't even mentioned the Minor League player of the year in ALL of baseball...Jay Bruce.

I don't expect you to predict them winning the division, but they aren't going to just beat out the Pirates for 5th place. The Cardinals blow....the Astros are in the pooper....the Brewers have as many questions as the Reds and we have their closer - Ben Sheets is a walikg arm/shoulder injury. The Cubs are solid.

The Reds offense is not the issue though......look at the stats / runs scored last year. C'mon!




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2008 11:17 am
 

NL Pre-Season Rankings

I think its funny that all the Reds fans are griping about their location when their team hasn't done anything. Sure they've got young prospects, but that's all they are at this point: Prospects. You can't bet on prospects having break out years prior to the season to say that this team ought to be ranked higher.

Sorry Reds fans but until these guys can do something with the prospective talent there's no reason to rank them higher.




Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2008 10:13 am
 

NL Pre-Season Rankings

Yeah this guy is full B.S. come on now, he said the Reds cant score runs, uhh ok i we score alot of runs but never have a starter or closer to win or save a win. This year we have 5 good starters and a closer who save 40 to 50 games. If David Weathers can get 33 saves im sure he could easily get 40 or more. We also had 23 blown save's last year, so as far as he said the reds wont give him enough oppertunities is a crap of shyt.

He said good luck with the young talent i think we will have good luck with it, i mean you dont rank are prospects at the top for nothing. We will have a good year, i expect Harang to win 15 to 20 games this year and Arroyo to have a bounce back year to win 12 to 16 games and then if we can have the other three starters to win between 9 to 14 we could prolly do some DAMAGE in the National League but hey i just want to make the playoffs, i dont care how we do it.

      
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2008 10:47 am
 

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     Not to mention he has not done any homework. The Reds CAN score runs. Check the stats before you write something. (directed at the author of the  article).

   The bullpen will be improved  but will it be good enough?

  As was the case last year the REDS are still one pitcher away from having an acceptable rotation, unfortunately that pitcher is Johan Santana.

 How any 'Sportswriter' can rank the Astros ahead of the Reds  is beyond me. The Astros are an organization  in free fall. And the Cardinals number one improvement is Carpenter coming back?  All the medical reports I have heard say AUGUST at the earliest.

  The Brewers fate rests  (as was the case last year) with  the health of Ben Sheets. When he went down , they  went down.

  I agree  the Reds will not likely  win the division but a wild card run is not out of the question if any of their young starters can develop into a serviceable  innnings eater : Belisle, Bailey, Livingston, and the new guy from Texas.

 The biggest aspect the writers overlooked is the arrival of an ACTUAL big league manager in Cincinnati. We have competed the past 9 summers with  temp -for-hire minor league managers and actually not done bad considering we had no pitching and no managers.

  The interesting thing I have found out is how badly the writers HATE Dusty Baker!!?? Maybe because he hates them I don't know. But any writer can stuff his word processor up his butt  because of one undeniable fact-----BAKER WINS!! Period!! He may not win in Cincinnati but I am encouraged due to the fact he took several lackluster Giants teams and a couple talented Cubs teams to  consistent playoff apearances, 90 win seasons, and National League Championships and World Series appearances.  He is a better skipper than Joe Torre(who won because of Paul O'Neill- Paul we want you back in Cincy and out of retirement!) of  or  Bobby Cox who had all the talent in the world and 150 million dollar payrolls and could not win the rings consistently.

 

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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2008 11:23 pm
 

NL Pre-Season Rankings

A little problem w. the raknings. THe Reds are gonna suprise some people. A great young outfielder in Jay Bruce and better pitching that people think. Harrang, Arroyo. Homer Bailey, Cuerto and Volsquez. Not bad. The bull pen is improved and they also are going to get a full season out of Joey Votto at 1B, Some young unproven talent. And the Brewers are way to low. Probally the 2nd best team in the NL.




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2008 10:43 pm
 

NL Pre-Season Rankings

You're right, I did miss the whole Francisco Cordero thing... my bad... but honestly, the Reds are so far behind the Brewers in this division, it doesn't make much difference, and they'll still wind up next to last.



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