Philadelphia finished a disappointing third in the NL East last season, but going into 2004, they are arguably the best team in the National League. Matthew has a look.
Will the two great names – Jeriome Robertson and Milton Bradley – ever get a chance to play together in Cleveland? Aaron examines what’s going on with the Indians this week.
There is a different feeling around the North Side this year, one of optimism. Following a trip to the NLCS, the Cubs are now the favorites to win the National League Central. Will they live up to expectations or revert to the Lovable Losers?
The Braves’ amazing streak of division titles has to end sometime, right? After an off-season of watching Sheffield, Lopez and Maddux bolt for greener pastures, Atlanta heads into 2004 with the look of an underdog. Matthew examines the key questions surrounding the Braves.
Joe doesn’t understand why everyone sees gloom and doom for the Expos…so he answers five questions about them.
A sleepy Aaron’s diary of the Yankees/Devil Rays opener in Japan.
Craig tackles five questions for the Blue Jays.
Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Minnesota. They’ve been together for 10 years now and Aaron looks at exactly what they’ve done.
The Marlins came out of nowhere to win the Wild Card and then the World Series last season. After the ’97 World Series they got rid of good players like they were going out of style, but this time around the team looks to put up a respectable defense of its title. Matthew looks at some of the key questions facing the Marlins in 2004 and beyond.
Craig has some notes as the season opens and hopes begin to be dashed.
They have a new 1-2 punch in the rotation, a slugging first baseman and an old second baseman who used to be great. Robert examines five key questions for the D-Backs heading into 2004.
Ben and Larry are ready for the season to start, even if it is starting unfathomably early in the morning.
Aaron takes a look at the back-to-back American League Central champs, who have quite a few new faces this year.
What will history say about the beginning of Ozzie Guillen’s managerial career? Studes examines the back-to-back AL Central second-place finishers, by way of their new manager.
Redbird Nation’s Brian Gunn takes a look at Albert Pujols and the Cardinals.
With new GM Paul DePodesta running the show, the future in LA looks bright. This year, though, the Dodgers are stuck with a horrible offense and a pitching staff that’s certain to decline from its fantastic 2003. Still, in the wild NL West, almost everyone’s a contender.
Back to the Grill Again (There it is: Black and White). Alex follows up with Howard Bryant, the author of “Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston.”
Matthew examines Mariano Rivera’s Hall of Fame case and finds some interesting results.
No one expected the Royals to make noise last year, but Kansas City continued to be a factor well into the second half. How can a revamped stadium, a former MVP, an improved bullpen and a top prospect help the team?
Aaron takes a look at Kansas City’s rotation full of lefties and whether or not that’s an advantage in the AL Central.