Can I join, and we'll make it an archived predictions thread? For bragging rights:
Braves - Didn't like the way they spent their offseason spending money, but I do like the Sheffield pick-up.
Mets - A lot of off-season thunder, but too many question marks due to age & injuries.
Phillies - I, too, am worried about Wolf. But I'm more worried about the Bowa factor and Rolen's ever-pending trade. Huge blow-up potential here. My choice for NL soap opera this season.
Marlins - Sticks will be better than expected, but the arms won't be as good as hyped...though Beckett is the real deal. I like what M2 said here.
Expos - I'd like nothing better than to see them shock the world, but I don't think it's going to happen.
Cardinals - I like them better with Bud Smith and Ankiel in the 4-5 spots, but I think they're still the team to beat.
Astros - Not worried about the Alou loss. Daryle Ward will hit for more power, but less average. Great young power arms.
Cubs - Need Patterson to step up big-time. I like the depth of arms, and Prior could be up by the break.
Reds - If the pitching holds up enough to get in the race, Bob Boone will take them out of it.
Pirates - Improved, but they had a long, long way to go.
Brewers - Who's running this franchise? What a joke!
Giants - Personnel wise, it's an improved outfield and infield. But they have to deal with less than career years out of Bonds & Aurilia and Kent's injury.
Padres - If the young pitchers are ready in a hurray, they could make some noise.
Rockies - Talented, but no one knows how to win in that field, and the front-office changes direction every week.
D-Backs - Time to pay the Devil after they sold their soul last season. Schilling won't be quite as good and the offense will be much worse than last season.
Dodgers - Just an ugly, ugly roster...for $100+ million.
Wild Card: Astros
MVP: Gary Sheffield
Cy Young: Randy Johnson
ROY: Josh Beckett
Manager: Bruce Bochy
Yankees - I disagree with M2 here. This team is much better than the past couple of seasons, but those teams weren't great either.
Red Sox - Some superstars, but very weak in a few places. The rotation has plenty of question marks, beginning with Pedro.
Blue Jays - The fans may not like Ricciardi's rebuilding, but they'll be much better in the long run -- and not too shabby this season.
Orioles - Not a single star on the roster or on the horizon. Jeff Conine = franchise player???
Devil Rays - Trying to win with speed...I don't think so.
Twins - Pitching, defense and some pretty good hitting. They have the whole package, whereas...
White Sox - ...they lack pitching. Well they have it, but they're all injured. Every single one of them.
Indians - Going backwards as an organization. The line-up got stripped over the off-season, and the pitching and defense isn't nearly good enough for a change in philosophy.
Royals - Muser will screw them up. If not, the front-office will.
Tigers - Some dicey players on that field. How many utility players can start for one team?
A's - Will prove everyone wrong again...while at the same time continuing to mess with Selig's small/large market scam.
Mariners - Back down to earth after the career years last season. I don't like their pitching depth nearly as much as last season.
Rangers - What a line-up! They could easily make the playoffs, but it's a tough division.
Angels - A lot has been made of the staff, but it's filled with average pitchers.
Wild Card: Mariners
MVP: Manny Ramirez
Cy Young: Mike Mussina
ROY: Hank Blalock
Manager: Ron Gardenhire
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