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1. Atlanta Braves (5-1)
Last Week: NR
1st Place in NL East
Had no easy feat the first week, facing the sexy pick Philadelphia on the road and then hosting the defending division champion Mets over the weekend for three a piece. Swept the Phillies, holding the Utley/Howard duo in check, and took two of three thanks from New York. Only loss was a blowout, however.

2. Minnesota Twins (4-1)
Last Week: NR
1st Place in AL Central
Swept the O?s right out of the Metrodome to start the season despite a rough outing from Santana, then split 2 with Chicago with one delayed thanks to cold. Pitching is excelling and the bats are off to a hot start. Santana?s already 2-0 (big surprise there).

3. Los Angeles Angels (5-2)
Last Week: NR
1st Place in AL West
Swept the Rangers to begin the year, then split a four game series at home against the A?s whom they will be battling for the West title. Vlad is on another planet right now, batting .524/.560/1.048 with 3 HR and 10 RBI. If he doesn?t fall off too quickly, the early momentum could be key in giving the Angels a working cushion in the division.

4. Cincinnati Reds (4-2)
Last Week: NR
T-1st Place in NL Central
Off to another good start this season, though against sub-par competition. Took 2 from the Cubs at home, including an Opening Day win vs Carlos Zambrano. Then stopped the undefeated Pirates in their tracks, winning two of three while pounding the ball (6.7 runs per game over the weekend).

5. New York Mets (4-2)
Last Week: NR
T-2nd in NL East (1 back)
Got the short end of the schedule stick being the NL East champs, having to start on the road against the defending World Champions and then trekking to the house that held the greatest division streak in sports history. The Mets didn?t mind St. Louis, in fact they outscored them 20-2 en route to a sweep on the road. Atlanta continued to be the East?s house of horrors, however, as New York dropped two of three. If Lil O keeps up the performance he had on Friday, the Mets? biggest weakness gets a lot better.

6. Toronto Blue Jays (3-2)
Last Week: NR
1st Place in AL East
In a tough division, the Blue Jays might be in first thanks to the schedule and the weather. Split 2 games (one delayed thanks to cold) with Detroit and 2 from the not yet ready to compete D-Rays. Burnett needs to pitch better for them to maintaining their seat at the top.

7. Pittsburgh Pirates (4-2)
Last Week: NR
T-1st Place in NL Central
Made a big statement but starting the season in Houston and sweeping them. Salomon Torres has saved all four of the team?s victories to begin (reminiscent of Chad Cordero recently) and the rest of the staff has been performing very well. If they would have taken just one more game in Cincinnati, they?d be much higher up and alone in first place by themselves in the Central. Either way, the best Pirate start in a long time.

8. Arizona Diamondbacks (5-2)
Last Week: NR
1st Place in NL West
The Baby Backs are only up here because they got a gift of a first week. Not that they don?t have the talent to perform, but three at Colorado and four at Washington isn?t anything to get scared over. They even lost two of three to the Rockies, but they hit the Nats out of their own building. Then again, the Nationals are one inning away from being 0-7.

9. Florida Marlins (4-2)
Last Week: NR
2nd Place in NL East (1 back)
Could be 5-1 and alone in second place if their closer wasn?t terrible. The offense has gotten off to a hot start (6.16 runs per game) and outscoring opponents 40-29 so far. Will make strides if Johnson/Hermida come back healthy and Uggla can return to 2006 form.

10. San Diego Padres (4-2)
Last Week: NR
T-2nd Place in NL West (.5 back)
Took 2 of 3 from the AARP Giants at San Francisco, then traveled a few hours to come home and take the final two of a 3 game set versus Colorado. Peavy?s off to a hot start (1-0, 0.69 ERA, 9 K in 13.0 IP) along with the bullpen (3 victories). Have a relative
 

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OH

I'd take that. Only 156 more to go!
 
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Cant argue that much honestly.. although Kip Wells has been a nice thing to see (so far) along with the others in the rotation but it will be devastating IMO if Carp is out the rumored 4-6 weeks with bone spurs surgery!
 

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Good job Juanky but the Marlins have played better than both the D-backs and Pirates, in fact are leading the NL in runs scored and the only weakness has been in the closer spot
 

Juanky

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The 7-9 spots were a bit of a tossup for me. It was hard to give the Marlins the nod over the DBacks especially when we beat the Nats 2/3 and Arizona swept them in four.
 

Eddie Altamonte

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I would rather start with a lower ranking anyway. We should have swept the Nats!
 

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1. Atlanta Braves (5-1)
Last Week: NR
1st Place in NL East
Had no easy feat the first week, facing the sexy pick Philadelphia on the road and then hosting the defending division champion Mets over the weekend for three a piece. Swept the Phillies, holding the Utley/Howard duo in check, and took two of three thanks from New York. Only loss was a blowout, however.

:thumbup
 

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the mets should be top 3


if not first
april fools.
I could see an arguement for #4 but.. yeah.
 

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No way the Nationals are worse than the Giants
 

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Good Job Juanky. Can't argue with the positions and arguments presented
 

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My only issue is the disparity between the Mets and Atlanta. I know I'm a homer, but anyone who watched those games saw how evenly matched the two teams are. Ooutisde of game 1, the other 2 could so easily have gone the other way. I'd have a tough time seperating them by more than 1 or 2 spots. But otherwise, spot on.

I think there will big changes next week, especially considering the ease of schedule for some teams.

And the Giants will be horrible. In his first start, Barry Zito got batters to swing and miss six times the entire game.
 

Juanky

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Yeah, there will definitely be big changes next week.

As for the Mets being #1, no way in hell did they perform better than the Braves this week.
 

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Yeah, there will definitely be big changes next week.

As for the Mets being #1, no way in hell did they perform better than the Braves this week.
Mets: 36 runs scored, 11 allowed
Braves: 25 runs scored, 25 allowed
The Mets are off to a good start because they are good...the Braves are off to a good start because they are lucky
 

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Yeah, there will definitely be big changes next week.

As for the Mets being #1, no way in hell did they perform better than the Braves this week.
Mets: 36 runs scored, 11 allowed
Braves: 25 runs scored, 25 allowed
The Mets are off to a good start because they are good...the Braves are off to a good start because they are lucky
Yeah, if you call having a good bullpen, starting pitching, and a knack/ability to come from behind then yes, they are lucky.

I hope the Sox are that 'lucky' all season.
 

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Phllies blow the lead for their 3rd straight game. It is getting ugly in Philadelphia
 

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20 Marlins 23 (+3) 20/23
A nice start by the Fish. It's been all about the offense. The Marlins as a team are hitting .314 AVG/.386 OBP/.570 SLG with 31 extra-base hits in six games. So basically they're a lineup full of Vladimir Guerreros right now. That won't last.

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Wow, not much love from foxsports. :nono
 

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