The Chicago Cubs
In just a few days,
Ryan Dempster will face leadoff hitter…Andrew McCutchen, well we hope, in the season opener. But more importantly, look where Matt Garza is in the Cubs rotation. Jordan likes it. Which means we hate it.
The St. Louis Cardinals
Albertaggedon has arrived. You might have heard about it. If a deal gets done after the season, expect some catcalls headed in the direction of Federal Street.
Nick Punto is going to need surgery. He was slated to be the super utility infielder for the Cards.
The Houston Astros
Much has been written about the Astros farm system being raided over the past few years. But check this interesting article that highlights some of the very young talent in their system.
Carlos Lee is alive and ready to destory the Pirates after manager Brad Mills went to visit Lee in Panama. [If you ever get a chance, go to Panama. I didn’t go on a vacation, it was with Uncle Sam, but I loved it. Two words: Red. Stripe.]
The Freakin’ Reds
The Milwaukee Brewers grabbed most of the offseason headlines and thus in our first 2011 edition they get the most ink.
Prince Fielder is in his walk year so expect monster numbers
On paper, the Brewers feature a strong rotation. It certainly appears the Brew Crew, once starved for pitching, now have the top three in the NL Central with Zack Greinke, Yovani Gallardo, and Shaun Marcum.
Greinke is the huge wild card, about twelve months ago he was thought to be one of the best arms in the game. Breakout is written all over Gallardo. And it could be scary how well Marcum performs after escaping the American League East.
For all the plus players the Brew Crew possess, there are holes in the lineup as well as big questions defensively.
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