Skin Blues wrote: If there's hype, it's probably because they have two of the biggest prospects in baseball in Strasburg and Harper, and have shown a willingness to toss around large amounts of cash.
I think it is abit more than just those two, although those are the biggest draws for the casual baseball fan.
Over-rating them would be saying they have a good shot at battling the Phillies for the division. It is a pretty bold prediction to think they are worse than they were last season when they replaced around 500 innings of Gorzelanny, Marquis, Wang, and spot starters with 500 innings from Strasburg, Gonzalez, and Jackson. The offense will just need to be around league average for them to have a decent shot at competing for a wild card. If Harper and or Rendon are ready to go by midseason they have a solid shot at being above league average offensively.