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Old 04-19-2002, 11:07 PM   #1
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I was really surprised when the Marlins dealt Clement to the Cubs. He has great potential, Anyway he struck out 12 batters in his 5-2 win over Cincinnati. He allowed no earned runs and one walk. If Matt Clement, Jon Lieber and Kerry Wood can have a great season-watch out NL Central. But that is a big if? lol
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Cardinals and Astros are both serious competition in that divison. Maybe even Pittsburgh too!
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Not sure about Pittsburgh, but St. Louis and Houston are legit. The NL Central will be an interesting division with at least 3 teams in contention all season.
The Cubs need to solidify their bullpen, get some more infield depth, and decide on a catcher.
Pittsburgh did well in their trade with the White Sox. It made their starters very good. They have a good young team that might be a couple of years away from contention. I just hope they can stay together long enough to live up to their potential.
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Chicago will also be contenders if they can get their middle three to play in the same game, talking about Sammy Sosa, Moises Alou and Fred McGriff.
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Clement pitched very well and had great stuff. He struck out twelve for the second straight start.
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I do not mean to imply that I think the Cubs are not going to contend. I do, in fact, believe that the Cubs can contend. They lost a lot when Farnsworth went down (hope not for too long), and they still have depth problems in the infield and outfield, but they have some decent prospects at Iowa and at West Tenn. Should be an interesting year at Wrigley (hope they take down that netting that cuts down on the view from across the streets).
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I really want to see this kid Mark Prior pitch for the Cubs.
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I want to see Mr. Prior pitch also, I predicted him for ROY this year for a reason. Clements never been able to harness his stuff in either San Diego or Florida. I'm a little surprised he has been able to early on in Chicago.

As for Pittsburg, I think they'll hang on for most of the year, a very similar year as to Minnesota's last year. Especially when/if Kendall picks up. Unfortunately, he was a great catcher, and has lost something in his bat the past two years, I dunno if he's gonna get it back.
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Everyone is so excited about the Cubs Sosa, McGriff, and Alou, but really the only eceptional player in this trio is Sosa. The Astro's Biggio, Bagwell and Berkman are probably better as a whole. The Cardinals (if they ever get going) have a better line-up top to bottom. In the area of pitching the Cardinals are the deepest.
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McGriff is comin' on for the first time since he was traded, expect him to have a big RBI year.
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Everyone is so excited about the Cubs Sosa, McGriff, and Alou, but really the only eceptional player in this trio is Sosa. The Astro's Biggio, Bagwell and Berkman are probably better as a whole. The Cardinals (if they ever get going) have a better line-up top to bottom. In the area of pitching the Cardinals are the deepest.
I agree with your offensive statements 99%. Although I never have liked Tino Martinez. Also, I don't think Polanco is a great answer at 3B. In short, I don't think the Cardinals lineup is better than the Astros (dominant in the NL Central for sure) or the Cubs. And even though they did start off with all that depth, when you have to start Mike Timlin, you don't have enough depth. Bud Smith will be a gem of a starter, like Tom Glavine, but right now he's not performing all that great.
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I think the Cardinals have the better lineup than Houston. Jim Edmonds, J.D. Drew, Albert Pujols and Tino Martinez just to name a few.
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