You know, I'm looking at Atlanta (ugh
), and I'm looking at Philly (insert smiley scratching it's head here) and I am not sure what to think.
I do think that Atlanta's staff might be a year or two coming together, but that hitting......Gary Sheffield, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Robert Fick, Vinny Castilla, Mark DeRosa, Javy Lopez. If these guys are on, they can hit. With Byrd, Maddux, Ortiz, Hampton and Smoltz,some will say this is the best staff in the NL East. Those people need to get off the sauce though. It is definitely a respectable staff but like I said, it might take time for them to come together.
Philly is another story. Pound for pound, these guys may be the best hitters in the NL East. Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Jim Thome, Jimmy Rollins, Tyler Houston, David Bell, Mike Lieberthal. But take a look at that pitching..other than Millwood, Padilla, and Wolf they really don't have too much to jump up and down about.
But then we look at The Mets (insert drum roll here, please).
Mike Piazza, Roberto Alomar, Mo Vaughn, Jeromy Burnitz, Roger Cedeno, Cliff Floyd, Joe McEwing, Rey Sanchez, Ty Wigginton, Timo Perez.
Definitely a lineup to reckon with. Now with that geriatric pitching crew: Glavine, Leiter, Cone (
), Astacio (who now maybe injured), Trachsel (whom I've never thought was worth the time or effort), Bascik (a still unproven commodity for NY), Middlebrook, Benitez, Stanton, and Weathers.
I like this staff however I'll keep a fresh supply of Ben Gay and Ace bandages for this crew. Keep the whirlpool running and the ice packs ready and we might see some great things from this staff. My prediction is for Glavine and Leiter to win close to 20 each. Cone's comeback will fizzle out, Middlebrook may be a surprise, Benitez will be solid, but will still give up that crushing late inning HR he so likes to give up.
This is going to be a close race. It's going to be very fun to watch!
Well Look who has come to the cafe, It's Mr. Met!