Five baseball dark horses for the 2009 season
By By Sean McClelland
Friday, October 24, 2008
Florida Marlins. Think the Rays have some arms? What if Josh Johnson, Anibel Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco, Scott Olsen and Andrew Miller all stay healthy?
Cleveland Indians. They came within one win of the World Series in 2007, let's not forget. And after a slow start in '08, they bounced back to finish .500.
Houston Astros. After a strong run in '08, what happens if their rumored acquisition of San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy becomes reality?
Oakland Athletics. They've been collecting prospects for a while. It should pay off soon.
Cincinnati Reds. Why not? They have a good core. Says analyst Bill James, referring to Joey Votto, Edinson Volquez, Jay Bruce and Johnny Cueto, "They have four young lions everybody would love to have."
I agree with four of the five. I don't see the Astros contending. They're getting old and don't have a farm system to provide them with young talent.