SRI continues along with our Spring Training Roundups today with the National League East. Outside of the Yankees-Red Sox, the Phillies and Mets has become the fiercest rivalry in all of Major League Baseball. These teams generally don’t like each other and the trash talking is off and running again this season.
The Phightin’ Phils ran through the playoffs in impressive fashion last year winning their first World Series since 1980 and bringing joy to a city that had gone 100 sports seasons (MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL) without winning a championship. Take it from a lifelong Philly fan, expecting your team to find a way to lose gets old. Everything is better when your team wins a championship. Food tastes better, dealing with your wife is easier, comedies are funnier, and the smile is hard to wipe off your face.
Like every division, the National League East is full of question marks. Will the Phillies lineup have too many lefties? Who will be their fifth starter? Will they suffer from complacency? Can Cole Hamels stay healthy? Are the Mets bullpen nightmares finally behind them? Will Jose Reyes continue to falter in September? Can David Murphy handle left field? Will Johan Santana pitch on opening day? Will the Braves start a new streak of division titles? Does Tom Glavine have anything left? Will Jeff Francoeur turn things around? Will Bobby Cox manage forever? Can a healthy Annibal Sanchez find his mojo? Will Cameron Maybin win rookie of the year? How do the Marlins keep Hanley Ramirez happy? Will anyone actually go to a Marlins game? Is there a worse team in baseball than the Nats? Will either Lastings Milledge or Elijah Dukes finally reach their potential? Will Barack Obama root for the Nationals instead of the White Sox?
SRI has great audio from the NL East. Thanks to all the radio stations for their help.
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST:
FINAL 2008 STANDINGS:
- Philadelphia: 92-70
- New York: 89-73
- Florida: 84-77
- Atlanta: 72-90
- Washington: 59-102
Audio From Around The Division:
NEW YORK METS:
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