It seems like they don't, but they do need Manny. Beckett, DelCarmen and Papelbon, only constant arms. Dice-K and Wakefield are a flipping coin.
They're on a roll, and seem harder to beat as time passes. I don't think their rotation is as good as it has been seen lately. Mariano is getting old. Their line-up knows how to make runs better than any other lineup.
Everyone new this team has hot bats. What we didn't know was about their pitching. Sabathia and Carmona are a terrific pair. I wouldn't understimate them.
Methinks they're overrated; granted they've got Vlad, Anderson's is on a hitting binge and Chone can change a game and a pitching staff only comparable, in the AL, to the Red Sox. But they'll stink on the road.
My take: Injuns-Yanks, if they don't clash in the first round.
New York Melting Mets
At this stage, I don't even know if they'll classify. A good -but faltering- rotation, a strong -but slumping- lineup, a good closer. Terrible middle relief.
Conundrum numero 2. I concede about their strong batting... but how the hell are they contending with that pitching?
Their chances, explainable only by the weakness of their division.
Their chances, explainable only by the weakness of their division
Conundrum numero 1. Tells you a lot about the importance of chemistry and team play. I think they're focused -unlike some Eastern division leaders, ahem.
San Diego Padres
Best pitching around, helped by Petco Park. But I can't really confide on a team who has Pantalones' cousin as batting leader in all 3 categories.
Only a miracle would do.
D'Backs-Mets (or Phillies), if they don't clash in the first round.