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PEVA Shuffle 2010
Preseason Batting Power Rankings

1.    New York Yankees
2.    Boston Red Sox
3.    Minnesota Twins
4.    Philadelphia Phillies
5.    St. Louis Cardinals
6.    Los Angeles Dodgers
7.    Tampa Bay Rays
8.    New York Mets
9.    Colorado Rockies
10.    Milwaukee Brewers
11.    Washington Nationals
12.    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
13.    San Diego Padres
14.    Atlanta Braves
15.    Florida Marlins
16.    Baltimore Orioles
17.    Seattle Mariners
18.    Toronto Blue Jays
19.    Houston Astros
20.    Detroit Tigers
21.    San Francisco Giants
22.    Arizona Diamondbacks
23.    Kansas City Royals
24.    Cleveland Indians
25.    Cincinnati Reds
26.    Chicago Cubs
27.    Chicago White Sox
28.    Oakland A's
29.    Texas Rangers
30.    Pittsburgh Pirates

Baseball Evaluation

Team Predictions 2010 - Standings

National League
Stat Geek Baseball Predictions 2010
American League Predictions 2010

National League
Wins Loss
National League East
Phladelphia Phillies 95 67
Atlanta Braves 79 83
New York Mets 77 85
Washington Nationals 77 85
Florida Marlins 77 85
National League Central
St. Louis Cardinals 98 64
Milwaukee Brewers * 91 71
Chicago Cubs 76 86
Houston Astros 75 87
Cincinnati Reds 75 87
Pittsburgh Pirates 65 97
National League West
San Francisco Giants * 87 75
Los Angeles Dodgers 87 75
Colorado Rockies 84 78
San Diego Padres 78 84
Arizona Diamondbacks 77 85
NL West Winner - San Francisco Giants.
Wild Card Winner - Milwaukee Brewers
Note: Team predictions based on relationship of PEVA Shuffle Index - Preseason 2009 to wins and losses.

National League East
It will come as no surprise that the Philadelphia Phillies have a great chance of repeating again as division champions.  The surprise will come in that we don't think the division will be close.  There's been some thought surrounding baseball that the Atlanta Braves will contend this year and push the Phillies through September.  However, we believe that won't happen unless the Phillies do it to themselves.  Now that's possible, particularly given the bullpen situation at Citizens Bank Park, but we think that there's too much thunder in that lineup with Rollins, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibanez, Victorino, and Ruiz, plus a stud on the mound now in Halladay, to have that occur all season long.  The Braves, to us, are a young upcoming team, but it won't be this season that it all comes together.  Now if all that young talent comes of age at once, would we be surprised?  Yes, but it's possible.  The rest of the division has a lot of weakness and question marks and it seems a jumble to us just who the number three team is.  There's still a lot of potential in the bats of Queens, particularly now with the addition of Jason Bay to the lineup, and it's doubtful they'll see the amount of injuries come again like last year.  We just don't think there's enough pitching here to contend.  As for the Marlins, they overachieve every year to us.  Probably should expect them to do it again, but we just don't.  We do think the Nationals are bound not to be the laughing stock of the league.  That might come from the bottom of the Central Division.

National League Central
The Cardinals may have lost one of their three stud pitchers from last year in Joel Pineiro, but there are two left in Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright, plus they have their own Holiday now for the entire season.  With a cohort for Albert Pujols, the Cards are the favorite to win the division and challenge the Phillies for best record in the league. Milwaukee will give them a run for their money though with an offense led by Prince Fielder and Brad Hawpe, plus young pitching boosted by veterans like Randy Wolf and Doug Davis.  We think they have wild card winner written all over them.  Below them, we just don't see contenders.  The Cubs should be better than they are, but we think the combination of low OBP batters, even at the top of their lineup, just doesn't allow them to prosper as the season lengthens.  For Houston, they've got an interesting and improving mix with a mercurial player like Michael Bourn at the top of the lineup and Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee to knock him in.  He's a player the Cubs could use.  If they can find an additional starter or two beyond Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez, they could win more games than we think.  For the Reds, young pitching could keep them into contention through the All-Star break, but we don't think there's enough offense to push them deeper into the season.  Pittsburgh.  Some day you have to decide that keeping your players and trying to contend is an option to getting additional attendance and having the money to keep your players.  Catch 22, now isn't it.  That wonderful ballpark deserves a wonderful team some day.

National League West
There are three teams here that could win the division and they all have many great qualities, just not all on the same team.  San Francisco may have the best starting staff in the majors past the Yankees led by two time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, plus a closer in Brian Wilson that deserves more credit than he gets.  And while the Giants have made inroads into having a better offense sans the Bonds era, and it should be better again this year, it's a far cry from that pitching staff, with really only one plus starter in Pablo Sandoval.  For the Dodgers, they keep trying to make the transition to younger players while staying in contention, and for the most part, they've succeeded.  Now with Manny likely in his last year there, it is time for the Kemp's and Ethier's of the world, plus a Kershaw on the mound, to take charge.  In those two young players, plus Russell Martin and older player Casey Blake, they had four plus 10.000 PEVA players in 2010, without Manny.  They will win a lot of games in 2010, too, but may lose out to the Giants at the end of a very close day.  We have them losing a playoff game after tying for the division lead.  Colorado may have something to say about that, with better pitching than many perceive (four pitchers with at least 10 wins last year) and a retooled offense no longer dependent on the long ball.  They depend on a humidor now.  For San Diego, there's a warning.  You may need a better owner.  You do need to start keeping your good players.  Unfortunately, fans of the Padres will likely be watching their latest great one, Adrian Gonzalez, swatting big flies in another uniform before the end of the year.

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Preseason Pitching Power Rankings

1.    New York Yankees
2.    San Francisco Giants
3.    St. Louis Cardinals
4.    Milwaukee Brewers
5.    Seattle Mariners
6.    Philadelphia Phillies
7.    Detroit Tigers
8.    Minnesota Twins
9.    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10.    Los Angeles Dodgers
11.    Boston Red Sox
12.    Colorado Rockies
13.    Kansas City Royals
14.    Arizona Diamondbacks
15.    Tampa Bay Rays
16.    Chicago Cubs
17.    Atlanta Braves
18.    Cincinnati Reds
19.    Oakland A's
20.    Texas Rangers
21.    San Diego Padres
22.    Florida Marlins
23.    Chicago White Sox
24.    Houston Astros
25.    Washington Nationals
26.    Baltimore Orioles
27.    Pittsburgh Pirates
28.    Toronto Blue Jays
29.    New York Mets
30.    Cleveland Indians
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