posted on May, 24 2005 @ 01:26 AM
I have to agree with Gibbs, there isn't an easy series vs a division foe in the NL East. The AL East sure is good with the O's, Bosox, and Yanks but
20+ games a year against Tampa Bay and Toronto kind of balances things out a bit. We'll see if Baltimore can keep it up, they have a great lineup and
their pitching has been pretty good, they might just be able to hold off NY and Boston.
The NL East is tough top to bottom, with the Braves and Marlins picked to battle for the division. The off-season moves by the Mets are starting to
pay off and the Expos/Nationals move to DC has seemed to give them a spark and have a pretty good team, led by Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. And then
of course my perennial underachieving Phillies, who with the 4th highest payroll in baseball cant seem to get things right and consistent. One night
they look like World Series contenders and the next the Bad News Bears.
The NL West has some potential but the Giants are a different team w/out Bonds and the Dodgers who started out 12-2 have lost it and gone 11-18 since
their hot start. The Padres are ok too, but nothing to write home about and the Rockies, well they're the Rockies. Arizona is the surprise team in
that division, in first place now at 27-18.
St Louis almost has the NL Central wrapped up and its only May. The two top contenders, the Cubs and Astros, havent lived up to expectations. The
Astros have been horrible, they're an astounding 2-20 on the road this year, hard to believe with pitchers like Clemens, Oswalt, and Petitte.
The AL Central has some good teams including the 31-14 Chicago White Sox, who are playing great baseball. The Twins are also a very solid team and the
Indians and Tigers are pretty good and still improving. The anchor in this division is the dismal KC Royals, at 13-31.
The AL West has some pretty good teams too, the Angels are finally playing better although they just lost Vlad for a few weeks. Dont forget this
division only has four teams as opposed to the NL Central which has six and all others five. Texas is loaded with offense but they all havent quite
clicked yet and their pitching is suspect. Seattle hasnt gotten what they expected from their big off-season acquisitions Beltre and Sexson, but they
have some big hits in the past few games. The M's pitching has been somewhat questionable as well. Oakland is struggling at 17-26, they cant seeem to
find much offense these days. Losing Hudson and Mulder didnt help either.
Most competitive division - NL East