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Ender wrote:NL East - Phillies - The lineup is great but the pitching isnt'. The lidge injury makes the bullpen ugly, I'm not sure Myers can step back into a full time starting spot. Hamels is a huge injury risk, Moyer is 300 and will fall off eventually, Kendrick was pure luck last year, Eaton is miserable and there is no depth behind him. This is a 3rd place team in the NL East.
Ender wrote:AL East - Boston Red Sox. Just playing the odds here since it is rare to see a repeat. Lowell regresses to his normal numbers, Ortiz/Manny struggle with injuries and the rest of that lineup is not amazing. Dice K was abused last year and I don't buy Beckett being healthy two years in a row. I just don't see any upside in this team other than the amazing bullpen.
smoovethug wrote:Ender wrote:NL East - Phillies - The lineup is great but the pitching isnt'. The lidge injury makes the bullpen ugly, I'm not sure Myers can step back into a full time starting spot. Hamels is a huge injury risk, Moyer is 300 and will fall off eventually, Kendrick was pure luck last year, Eaton is miserable and there is no depth behind him. This is a 3rd place team in the NL East.
Hamels was an injury risk last year as well and still started 28 games. When are we going to get over him being an injury risk? Why does Moyer have to fall off? Sure he's old, but he doesn't rely on overpowering hitters (ala Greg Maddux?) so he can still last even though he is 300? years old. If you're going to make that point about Moyer the same can also be said about Glavine and Smoltz. Why is Kendrick pure luck? Because you've never heard of him? He has great poise on the mound for his age. He won't K many but he doesn't issue free passes either. He's as solid a #4 as any. The rotation really can't be any worse than last year where Lieber, Garcia, and Eaton gave them nothing everytime they took the mound. Not to mention the patchwork of junk pitchers such as Segovia, Durbin, Happ, and others. The team ERA was 4.73 last year. I just can't see it being any worse. A healthy Madson, and the experience of Romero and Gordon is a fine bridge for Lidge when he gets back. Had to stick up for my team.
Ender wrote:NL Central - Chicago Cubs - The Brewers do not fade like last year and walk away with this division, the Reds step up and are the 2nd place team. You heard here first the Cubs come in 3rd place. That rotation overproduced last year, the defense overproduced. Pie, Soto and Fukudome are all question marks and Theriot and DeRosa could easily be a black hole in the MI. I think the bullpen gets exposed this year too. I just do not think this team repeats. Ramirez had wrist problems he didn't fix, Soriano is going into spring training less than 100%, who knows with Lee. The rest of the lineup is all question marks.
Bloody Sox wrote:
- AL East: Yankees (Posada can't repeat that year a la Lowell, Matsui/Damon/Posada/Jeter/Abreu/Rivera are another year older, rotation is full of question marks. Joba needed as a setup guy, who knows what you'll get if they make him a starter).
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