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krusecontrol

just found your blog - enjoyed what I've seen so far. I'm a Pirates fan (insert chuckle or long "ahhh"). I have to say I don't think the Astros will be able to eak out a wild card berth, I just think they've lost too many pieces. I do agree with you about Biggio being perhaps the most underrated players of the 90s. 'Stros should get at least 2 HOFers - Biggio & Bagwell. Keep up the good work and good luck this season

Dudley Bokoski

I agree with Throws Like A Girl about the wild card. It is well within reach. I'll go a step further and say that the Cardinals and Cubs can be taken. We have so many questions about the Astros we forget that these teams also have problems.

The Cardinals may resemble an out patient clinic by June. Try to say this. "A healthy Larry Walker." Can't be done. Sanders and Walker are on the outfield corners and Jim Edmonds is one ESPN highlight catch away from the DL.

David Eckstein is 5'8" and about 170 pounds. Sometime about July 4th someone will notice a large pool of moisture on the 120 degree playing surface in St. Louis. It will be all that is left of Eckstein. And Grudzielanek? The 282nd best NL player according to SI. Morris is hurt, Mulder is on a slide from injuries and Marquis is pitching over his head. Tony LaRussa? The only man in America who claims not to have known about McGwire on steroids will spend the year dogged with that question every town they pull into.

Then we have the dreaded Cubs. If you fear them, say to yourself "Ryan Dempster, starting pitcher." Jeromy Burnitiz is in right and Todd Hollandsworth in left. 2/3 of the world is covered in water. Corey Patterson will have to cover the rest in Chicago.

LaTroy Hawkins is the Cubs closer. It's like having Barney Fife as an ordinance disposal man. You get into their bullpen and you start finding Joe Borowski and Jon Leicester. As the Rolling Stones said, "I see people turn their heads and quickly look away..." Greg Maddux and Mark Prior had ERA's over 4 last year. Wood is hurting, which is like saying that it's a day of the week that ends in "Y".

The Astros will win their division. Mark it down.

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