Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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

Washington Nationals vs St. Louis Cardinals
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 (78-54 .591)
2. Phillies (75-53 .586)
3. Cardinals (77-55 .583)
4. Rockies (72-59 .550)
5. Giants (72-59 .550)
6. Braves (69-62 .527)
7. Marlins (68-63 .519)
8. Cubs (65-64 .504)
9. Brewers (64-66 .492)
10. Astros (63-68 .481)

Over the Hood
1. Phillies- Howard, Hamels, Lidge gearing up for big September
2. Cardinals- Player additions, ZZ Top closer, top 3 starters lead to 24-7 surge
3. Dodgers- Garland helps back-end of rotation; Thome adds needed power
4. Rockies- Returned to earth's atmosphere over last 5 games
5. Braves- Line-up boosted by Diaz, Prado, LaRoche, strong starting staff
6. Giants- Lincecum, Cain make for scary playoff opponent
7. Marlins- Slipped a little of late against softer schedule
8. Cubs- Have they hit the wall due to injuries?
9. Brewers- Sub-standard rotation, no supporting cast for Fielder and Braun
10. Astros- .500 talent at best

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