Thursday, July 13, 2006

Phil Rogers: Forecast for 30 MLB Teams [J. Mark English]

Phil Rogers of ESPN forecasts the fortunes of all 30 MLB teams.
On the New York Mets -
On pace to win the division by 21 games with 96 wins, the Mets are the one New York team that can cruise. But look for GM Omar Minaya to make at least one or two deals as he tries to improve his pitching staff. Livan Hernandez is a possibility to join his half brother, Orlando, in a rotation that has seen constant change behind Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez and Steve Trachsel.
And the New York Yankees -
No team is more under the gun than the Yankees, as this appears to be the first year since 2002 that the East won't get two teams in the playoffs. Will GM Brian Cashman be willing to trade right-handed pitching prospect Philip Hughes and other top prospects to give Joe Torre a better roster as he tries to reel in the Red Sox?