Their lineup when healthy is very good. Their rotation of Thompson, Hampton, Byrd, Wright, Ortiz should not be as good as the Phillies or Marlins rotation but all 5 of those guys are healthy and all they have to do it pitch well enough to give their team a chance to win w/ Smoltz in to close out the door.
Marlins are the most talented team in the divison, but Beckett has been DL all year
Phillies are hurt, underachieving, and bowa's days are over.
The Cubs have the WC period. no one is going to beat them for that
Sigh. I wish I could be as optimistic as Amazinz, but I can't see the division or wild card going to the Phils this year. Looking at the rest of our schedule (21 games against the Mets, Marlins, and Braves, against which we're 12-26), I'd say we're done. Plus, having Burrell and likely Millwood out for the year doesn't help
Heh, I just read today that the Phils were 6.0 games back in their division on the same date back in 1980. Kinda interesting, but almost definitely won't amount to anything this year.
The Braves starting pitching is overachieving at the moment. However you're in a fantasy land if you think that they will suddenly start to play sub .500 ball like they were the first half of the season. They already had their cold spell and their fair share of injury problems, now the rest of the East are having theirs.
The Phillies are not going to magically win the division or the WC. They have shown NO indication that they can go on a 30-8 type run they would need to make the playoffs.
Typical Mets fan in complete denial, it's almost laughable. I have never seen a fan base so oblivious to reality.
slomo007 wrote:IMO they are the 2nd most disappointing team of 2004...behind only the Astros.
The Phillies are done. They looked good on paper in April but I think the Millwood and Burrell injuries are the coup de grace on their season. I think Bowa may just be too much of a jackass to manage a winner.
Bluto: Over? Did you say over? NOTHING is over until WE decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? HELL, NO!
Boon: Forget it, he's rolling.