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2005 season preview
By Times Staff
Published April 3, 2005
2004: 86-76, 2nd.
MANAGER: Charlie Manuel.
KEY ADDITIONS: RHP Jon Lieber, OF Kenny Lofton, RHP Terry Adams, LHP Aaron Fultz.
KEY LOSSES: LHP Eric Milton, RHP Kevin Millwood, OF Doug Glanville, RHP Felix Rodriguez, RHP Roberto Hernandez.
SS Jimmy Rollins
CF Marlon Byrd
RF Bobby Abreu
LF Pat Burrell
1B Jim Thome
C Mike Lieberthal
2B Chase Utley
3B David Bell
ROTATION: RHP Jon Lieber, LHP Randy Wolf, RHP Cory Lidle, RHP Brett Myers, RHP Gavin Floyd.
CLOSER: LHP Billy Wagner.
BOTTOM LINE: Floyd should make two starts while Vicente Padilla recovers from elbow tendinitis. ... Manuel takes over for the autocratic Larry Bowa, and that means everybody is happy and, supposedly, plays better. ... Lieber was a sensible addition. ... Thome has started his decline but is still extremely dangerous. ... Phillies make the playoffs for first time since 1993.
2004: 96-66, 1st.
MANAGER: Bobby Cox.
KEY ADDITIONS: RHP Tim Hudson, RHP Danny Kolb, LF Brian Jordan, RF Raul Mondesi, LHP Gabe White, RHP Jay Powell.
KEY LOSSES: OF J.D. Drew, RHP Jaret Wright, RHP Russ Ortiz, RHP Paul Byrd, RHP Antonio Alfonseca, OF Charles Thomas, OF-C Eli Marrero, RHP Juan Cruz, INF Mark DeRosa, OF Dewayne Wise.
SS Rafael Furcal
2B Marcus Giles
3B Chipper Jones
CF Andruw Jones
C Johnny Estrada
RF Raul Mondesi
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Brian Jordan or Ryan Langerhans
ROTATION: RHP John Smoltz, RHP Tim Hudson, LHP Mike Hampton, RHP John Thomson, LHP Horacio Ramirez.
CLOSER: RHP Danny Kolb.
BOTTOM LINE: Mondesi and Jordan combined last season for just eight home runs. ... Smoltz hasn't been a full-time starter since 1999. How's his elbow? He opened the spring with 14 scoreless innings. ... With Hudson and a healthy Ramirez, this could be the team's best recent rotation. ... Will challenge for 14th straight division title.
New York Mets
2004: 71-91, 4th.
MANAGER: Willie Randolph.
KEY ADDITIONS: RHP Pedro Martinez, CF Carlos Beltran, 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, LHP Kazuhisa Ishii, 2B Miguel Cairo, LHP Felix Heredia, LHP Dae-Sung Koo, RHP Roberto Hernandez, LHP Scott Stewart, LHP Mike Matthews,
C Ramon Castro.
KEY LOSSES: LHP Al Leiter, RF Richard Hidalgo, RHP Ricky Bottalico, LHP Mike Stanton, LHP John Franco, 1B-3B Todd Zeile, C Vance Wilson, C Jason Phillips, INF-OF Joe McEwing, LHP Pedro Feliciano, INF Wilson Delgado.
SS Jose Reyes
2B Kaz Matsui
CF Carlos Beltran
C Mike Piazza
LF Cliff Floyd
RF Mike Cameron
1B Doug Mientkiewicz
3B David Wright
ROTATION: RHP Pedro Martinez, LHP Tom Glavine, RHP Kris Benson, RHP Victor Zambrano, LHP Kaz Ishii.
CLOSER: RHP Braden Looper.
BOTTOM LINE: After a failed experiment at first base, Piazza is back at catcher. But at 36, how will he hold up? ... The team is much deeper, but that won't matter if the always-injured continue to disrupt continuity. ... Mientkiewicz should help the infield defense. ... Martinez and Beltran equal a shot at the playoffs.
2004: 83-79, third place.
MANAGER: Jack McKeon.
KEY ADDITIONS: 1B Carlos Delgado, LHP Al Leiter, RHP Todd Jones, RHP Antonio Alfonseca, RHP Jim Mecir, RHP John Riedling.
KEY LOSSES: RHP Carl Pavano, RHP Armando Benitez, C Mike Redmond, RHP Rudy Seanez, C Ramon Castro.
BOTTOM LINE: Delgado and his left-handed power makes the Marlins much more balanced. ... There's power here, but many pitching questions. Beckett and Burnett (13 DL trips combined since 2002) must stay healthy. The highly talented Willis must be consistent. ... If it all jells, the Marlins move up.
2004: 67-95, 5th (as Montreal Expos)
MANAGER: Frank Robinson.
KEY ADDITIONS: OF Jose Guillen, 3B Vinny Castilla, SS Cristian Guzman, RHP Esteban Loaiza, RHP Antonio Osuna, 1B-OF Wil Cordero, C Gary Bennett.
KEY LOSSES: 3B Tony Batista, OF Juan Rivera, C Einar Diaz, RHP Rocky Biddle, LHP Scott Downs.
BOTTOM LINE: A lack of depth will be a problem if injuries strike. And wouldn't you know, starter Tony Armas Jr. (groin) is on the DL. ... Hernandez is the only pitcher who last season threw more than 140 innings. ... A permanent home and bigger crowds should create some energy. Will it be there when it becomes obvious the Nationals will finish last?#