From the blogger who told you Freddie Freeman was as good as gone and Ryan Langerhans reminded me of a young Paul O’Neill …
1. Nats. I hate them as much as David Gregory pretends to love them, but there’s no denying their talent or depth (as I wrote in December, the Braves would regret not acquiring Doug Fister, and it wouldn’t have cost them much.) In fact, Gavin Floyd could make more money in 2014. On the plus side, their ‘pen is questionable. Relying on Rafael Soriano may be their undoing.
2. Braves. (WC) They have the look of an 86-76 team, but my heart says 91-71. There’s no margin for error; lose another starting pitcher and we’re looking at a .500 team, at best.
1. Cards. They may have the deepest pitching AND offense in the league. Hard to see them missing the playoffs.
2. Pirates. Starting Travis Ishikawa at 1B sends a bad message to your fans, but with even more young talent on the way they should be competitive for years.
1. Dodgers. They’re not as good as their payroll would indicate.
2. Giants. (WC) It’d an even-numbered year, so watch out.
1. Tampa. The Cards of the AL, minus the depth.
2. Baltimore. (WC) Best line-up in the division; pitching could go either way.
1. Kansas City. If Yordano Ventura pitches to his stuff, watch out.
2. Detroit (WC) When smart franchises make bad decisions (Cabrera extension, Fister trade).
1. Angels. By default.
2. Oakland. Like the Braves, beset by injuries to their rotation but lacking the resources to add an Ervin Santana.