Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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

Milwaukee Brewers 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. Cardinals (82-57 .590)

2. Dodgers (82-57 .590)

3. Phillies (77-58 .570)

4. Rockies (78-60 .565)

5. Giants (76-62 .551)

6. Marlins (72-65 .526)

7. Braves (70-67 .511)

8. Cubs (69-67 .507)

9. Astros (67-70 .489)

10. Brewers (66-71 .482)

Over the Hood

1. Cardinals- Playing the best baseball in the 2nd half with holes plugged

2. Dodgers- Starting pitching bolstered, strong pen, leading league in hitting

3. Phillies- Hit a wall in Houston, need offense to get back on track

4. Rockies- Streaky team on the upswing again

5. Giants- Keeping pace with strong starting staff, scratching out runs

6. Marlins- Another streaky team back on the upswing, team dissension concerns

7. Braves- Losing steam, slipping back in playoff race

8. Cubs- Treading water, soon to be out of playoff contention

9. Astros- Bourn, Pence, Lee and Berkman provide enough offense

10. Brewers- Disappointing season continues after playoffs last year

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