View Full Version : CNNSI's Donovan: Weakest Links

01-26-2007, 10:34 AM
I only included the NL Central. Here's the rest of the story: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/john_donovan/01/25/teams.weakness/index.html

The Cardinals will look mostly familiar in the field. That's OK, too, if everyone stays healthy. But that rotation, with or without Jeff Weaver, is still real fuzzy.

The Astros tried to get more pop in the lineup by signing outfielder Carlos Lee, but they're still stuck with good guy/bad bat Brad Ausmus behind the plate.

The Reds won't get much hitting out of new SS Alex Gonzalez, and who knows where -- or how much -- Ken Griffey plays? But the big drama: Who closes?

The Brewers have done a good job finding rotation help, and their lineup returns mostly intact. Now if they can find a plug for that hole in Rickie Weeks' glove ...

The Pirates' lineup has more pop with Adam LaRoche. But he cost them closer Mike Gonzalez. Are the Bucs really ready for Salomon Torres Time in the ninth?

The Cubs spent wildly -- some good, some bad -- to fill their needs. Yet they may end up having to give newcomer Alfonso Soriano directions to center field.