Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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

Phillies vs. Braves

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 (95-67 .586)

2. Phillies (93-69 .574)

4. Rockies (92-70 .568)

3. Cardinals (91-71 .562)

6. Giants (88-74 .543)

7. Marlins (87-75 .537)

5. Braves (86-76 .531)

8. Cubs (83-78 .516)

9. Brewers (80-82 .494)

10. Reds (78-84 .481)

Over the Hood

1. Phillies- Despite bullpen injuries/issues, simply have the best talent

2. Cardinals- Finished meekly, but 2nd half record reflects improved club

3. Rockies- Best record (.608) in 2nd half and down the stretch (.645)

4. Dodgers- Can't ignore 2nd half .527 play or Cards/Rockies improvement

5. Marlins- Ramirez, Coghlan, Johnson lead young talent

6. Braves- Checked out after strong run, but great starting pitching

7. Giants- Lincecum, Cain, other starters cannot overcome weak line-up

8. Brewers- Strong finish more in line with talent

9. Cubs- Back to the drawing board, need talent upgrade

10. Reds- 15-6 finish provides optimism heading into off season

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