LADY AT THE BAT: Lady's Choice: 2007 NL East Plus (the Wild Card)

Friday, March 9, 2007

Lady's Choice: 2007 NL East Plus (the Wild Card)

It will be a totally different story this year in the NL East. The Mets failed to bolster their pitching this off-season, so there's no way they are going to run away with the division this time around. In fact, if they don't do something to repair their rotation soon, it won't matter what Pedro Martinez does if and when he returns in August. I don't see them finishing higher than 4th this year. Although Mike Hampton is hurt again, I believe Atlanta will re-claim the top spot, with John Smoltz, a healthy Tim Hudson, and closer Bob Wickman. I can't wait to see what promising young prospects they bring along this time around. As for the Phillies, I got a kick out of Jimmy Rollins' trash talk about them being the team to beat this year. I don't think it's true, but they'll do pretty well. The Marlins won't be affected too much by Joe Girardi's departure. Look for an even bigger year from Miguel Cabrera and maybe even some strong leadership from Aaron Boone. Dontrelle Willis will continue to be himself (and I'll continue to hope he ends up with the Yankees). Here's the Lady's Choice for the 2007 NL East:

1 Atlanta Braves
2 Philadelphia Phillies
3 Florida Marlins
4 New York Mets
5 Washington Nationals

I don't believe any team will run away with their division this year, so there'll be a lot of teams in the running for the NL Wild Card. The Padres, Dodgers, Giants, Cardinals, Brewers, Phillies, and Atlanta will all be in this race. I know it's way to early to tell at this point, but right now, it looks like it will come down to either the Brewers or the Phillies. I'll re-visit this in mid-season, but right now I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the 2007 NL Wild Card will be the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Lady

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