Beerleaguer sees a sixth-straight division title and a return to the World Series, but the road will be a rocky one and the offense will ultimately leave them high and dry again.
I’ll bet the Vegas under and go with 92 wins, good enough to scratch and claw to the top of the pile in the East. They've endured the absense of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard before. They'll have a full season of Hunter Pence. They won 102 games despite some of the same adversity last season. It’s anyone’s guess once the postseason is set. Cincinnati and St. Louis scare me, and I see Los Angeles as a darkhorse out of the West. The Phillies pitch past them all, and I’ll put my faith in Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz to be the ones to deliver the bare minimum amount of offense against the tough pitching in October. But the American League is far too powerful this season. Texas, Tampa and Detroit have the pieces to get there and win, but I’ll take the Yankees over the Phils in a Fall Classic sweep, with the same complaints looming about an outdated offense.
Weitzel: 92 wins, Yankees over Phillies in World Series
Silverman: 88 wins, one-game playoff loss to Dodgers
Grassie: 90 wins, Diamondbacks over Phillies in NLCS