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Posted on: April 14, 2009 10:56 am
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Eastern Division

New York Mets - The New York Mets are the favorites to win the National League Eastern Division. They have the best bullpen of any team in the National League Eastern Division. They also have the best pitcher in the National League Eastern Division in Johan Santana. However, the rest of their rotation is average at best. Their starting lineup is pretty good as well.

Philadelphia Phillies - The Philadelphia Phillies are in contention to win the National League Eastern Division. They have the best lineup of any team in the National League Eastern Division. They have one good starting pitcher in Cole Hamels, who is an injury risk, but the rest of their rotation is average at best. Their bullpen is solid as well.

Atlanta Braves - The Atlanta Braves are in contention to win the National League Eastern Division. They have an underrated bullpen that is prety good. They also have underrated starting pitching which is at worst solid. Lastly, their starting lineup is average.

Florida Marlins - The Florida Marlins are in contention to win the National League Eastern Division. They have the best starting pitching of any team in the National League Eastern Division. They also have the best player in the National League Eastern Division in Hanley Ramirez. However, the rest of their starting lineup is only solid. Their bullpen is average as well. Lastly, they are very young so that should have some impact on their season.

Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals are not in contention to win the National League Eastern Division. In fact, they are clearly the worst team on paper in the National League Eastern Division. Simply put, they are weak in all facets of the game. Their lineup, starting pitching, and bullpen will at their absolute best end up slightly below average.

Central Division

Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs are the favorites to win the National League Central Division. They have the best starting pitching in the National League Central Division. Also, they have the best starting lineup in the National League Central Division. They also have the best bullpen in the National League Central. They should runaway with the division.

St. Louis Cardinals - The St. Louis Cardinals are in contention to win the National League Central Division. They have decent starting pitching. Also, they have a solid starting lineup led by the best player in the National League Central Division, Albert Pujols. They also have an average bullpen. In order to compete, they need Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter to be healthy and pitch well.

Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers are not in contention to win the National League Central Division.  They have weak starting pitching. They have a very good starting lineup. They have an average at best bullpen. If they do end up in contention, they have some quality players in the minors available for trades.

Houston Astros - The Houston Astros are not in contention to win the National League Central Division.  They have weak starting pitching, outside of Roy Oswalt. They have a pretty good lineup. They also have an average at best bullpen. They are an extremely old team.

Cincinnati Reds - The Cincinnati Reds are not in contention to win the National League Central Division.  They have good starting pitching. Also, they have a decent young starting lineup. They also have a good bullpen. They are a sleeper team.

Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pittsburgh Pirates are not in contention to win the National League Central Division. In fact, they are clearly the worst team on paper in the National League Central Division.  They have decent starting pitching. Also, they have a weak starting lineup. They also have an average bullpen.

Western Division

Los Angeles Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to win the National League Western Division. They clearly have the best lineup in the National League Western Division, which is led by the best position player in the National League Western Division, Manny Ramirez. They have an average starting pitching staff. Also, they have an average bullpen.

Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks are in contention to win the National League Western Division. They have a decent young lineup. They have a pretty good starting pitching staff, led by their two stars, Brandon Webb and Dan Haren. Also, they have an average bullpen.

San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants are not in contention to win the National League Western Division. They have a weak starting lineup. They have the best starting pitching staff in the National League Western Division, led by Tim Lincecum who is the most talented pitcher in the National League Western Division. Also, they have an average bullpen.

Colorado Rockies - The Colorado Rockies are not in contention to win the National League Western Division. They have a solid lineup. They have an average starting pitching staff. Also, they have the best bullpen in the National League Western Division.

San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres are not in contention to win the National League Western Division. In fact, they are clearly the worst team on paper in the National League Western Division. They have a weak bullpen. They also have a weak starting lineup. They have one great starting pitcher in Jake Peavy and one solid pitcher in Chris Young. The rest of their starting pitching staff is weak.

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