Red Sox Nation wrote:1. Mets
2. White Sox
3. Red Sox
4. Blue Jays
Bubble- Dodgers, A's, Tigers, Astros
I agree with you guys. The Mets def. have a lot of talent in their offensive roster with Reyes, Beltran, Delgado, and Wright. They've got Pedro and Glavine to lead them and Wagner to close out games.
As for the CWS, I too agree, they do have an amazing starting rotation and Bobby Jenks is a great closer too. Thome and Konerko are good and Dye and Crede and heat up some games.
The Sox do have a good rotation esp if Lester can keep it up. They'll have a good rotation with Schilling, Beckett, Wakefield (some rusty starts but if he can dominate with his knuckleball it'll all be good) and Lester. Johnson will probably be 5th but who knows. They could always get Mulder in a trade (if possible) and hope he doesn't get burned.
Blue Jays. A nice lineup with Rios, Wells, Glaus, and Hillenbrand. B.J. Ryan is an excellent closer and is second (behind Papelbon) in ERA. If A.J. stays healthy, he along with Halladay can get them lots of wins.
Cards- The usual. Pujols, Rolen, Edmonds. If they stay healthy, they can make a run for the division. Pitchers need to be better and I hope Anthony Reyes will stay up because he's had some amazing stuff.
I'm putting the Dodgers in the bubble because even though they'll win their division, I don't really see them making it past the first round.
A's get an honorable mention because of the way Zito, Haren, and Street have been pitching. They're starting to heat up and take the division from the Rangers.
Tigers- I don't believe in them. I sence that they'll fall hard in the 2nd half. I don't like their hitting that much but their pitching (esp Velander) is awesome. Jones could work on trying to get some saves and not blow them.
Astros- If Clemens comes back and wins (not like his game today but I expected him to be less dominant because it's his first major league game in a while), and "tutors" Backe, Oswalt, and Pettite, I don't see how they can't win the wilcard. Hitting could improve but overtime that'll work out.