Okay, here we go. Let's take a look at the division.
The Phillies have been the dominant team in that division and I see no reason for that not to continue (even with Oswalt's back issue and the question marks surrounding that.)
The Braves currently hold the top spot in the Wild Card race (although the Giants are just a 1/2 game behind them.)
The Nats are an interesting team in that division, particularly with Davey Johnson about to take the helm.
The Mets are just two games under .500, which probably comes under the category of overachieving considering their shallow base of talent.
The Marlins are well, the Marlins. I'm still trying to figure out why there is a MLB franchise in Miami (or St. Pete for that matter.) Even when those teams win consistently, they can't fill a stadium.
The East is definitely Philly's to lose. Atlanta, and I think even Washington, have a shot at the Wild Card, but it's a logjam right now with seven NL teams (excluding the Phillies) with at least 39 wins. It should be an interesting summer.
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Post by Allen Wiener on Jun 25, 2011 11:15:25 GMT -5
The National League is pretty competitive and it's an interesting pennant race. I'd agree with your predictions; probably the Phils in the East again. Washington is already a surprise to me this year; there are some pretty impressive ERAs on that squad, but they need more punch in the lineup. Still, they are progressing, which is more than we can say for the guys in Baltimore. I'd love to see the Nats even come close to a wild card spot.
I also agree about those Florida franchises. I think more people down there attend the Phillies and Yankees spring training games than the regular season Rays games!
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