Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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

Atlanta scores against 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 (93-64 .592)

2. Phillies (90-66 .577)

3. Cardinals (90-66 .577)

4. Rockies (88-68 .564)

5. Braves (86-70 .551)

6. Giants (83-73 .532)

7. Marlins (83-74 .529)

8. Cubs (81-74 .523)

9. Brewers (77-79 .494)

10. Reds (74-82 .474)

Over the Hood

1. Dodgers- Close to clinching home field despite mediocre finish

2. Cardinals- Clinched division, can focus on strong post season run

3. Phillies- Injuries, bullpen and fatigue have them limping to finish

4. Braves- Could run the table with strong pitching and weak schedule

5. Rockies- Cooled off, looking over shoulder at Braves

6. Giants- Still fading with Lincecum, Cain looking human

7. Marlins- Almost extinct with up and down finish, will gear up for Phillies

8. Cubs- Good finish, too little, too late

9. Brewers- Push to finish at .500 led by Fielder and Braun

10. Reds- Putting things together in September to pass Astros despite Phils

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