DMoney82 Posted December 9, 2003 Share Posted December 9, 2003 When I hear ESPN and other media outlets talk about the NL East, the Phillies get most of the attention. In fact, I've seen early predictions pick them number 1. What the hell? The Marlins, in the McKeon Era last year, were the best team in baseball. Jack's Fish, who bear the most resemblance to this year's squad, projected to go 106-56 over a full season and were World Series champs. We bring back everyone important except Pudge and Lee, and our bullpen is being addressed. Beckett and Cabrera are likely to improve on last year's numbers exponentially, we add an ace-level starter in Burnett, and Pavano and Penny are set to improve. I wouldn't be surprised if Penny or Pavs wins 20-games, and I am SURE Josh will (it's his biggest goal). These improvements should make us as good as last year, and we were a JUGGERNAUT last year. The Miggy/Healthy Josh/D-Trian/Jack Fish were not one-year overachievers like the Angels, but a Seattle-2001 type win machine. I think people are selling this team short, including some of us. We should be the most confident team in MLB. Look around baseball, and tell me one roster you'd like to switch with. Our best players have yet to break-out, and are improving more than any other teams superstars. Our other players are all at least in their prime, or before it. I haven't been this excited for a team since the 2001 squad, and I have a lot higher expectations. 100 wins, NL East is the goal. And it should be the prediction. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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