Monday, August 24, 2009

I'm just saying....NL Team Rankings

In this weekly feature, we take a look at the top ten records in the National League (Rear View Mirror) and rank them based on strength of team going forward (Over the Hood.) Influencing factors include injuries, current and projected level of play, personnel changes, trends, schedule, star alignment and the writer's then current mood. Please feel free to provide your commentary whether you agree, disagree or just have something you want to get off your chest.

Rear View Mirror
1. Dodgers (74-51 .592)
2. Phillies (71-50 .587)
3. Cardinals (72-54 .571)
4. Rockies (70-54 .565)
5. Giants (67-57 .540)
6. Braves (66-58 .532)
7. Marlins (65-59 .524)
8. Cubs (62-60 .508)
9. Astros (61-63 .492)
10. Brewers (60-63 .488)

Over the Hood
1. Phillies- Best O, Best D, strong starting pitching, bullpen improving
2. Cardinals- Holiday, Smoltz just what they needed
3. Dodgers- Starting staff questionable
4. Rockies- Stellar record after poor start
5. Marlins- Young pitchers and hitters coming through
6. Braves- Still power deficient
7. Giants- Not enough offense to go pitching
8. Cubs- Hurt by injuries, mediocre line-up
9. Brewers- Pitching woes continue
10. Astros- Middling pitching can't overcome lack of runs

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