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Surveying the National League – Part 2 of 2

Surveying the National League – Part 2 of 2

In part 1 of this 2 part series, we took a look at the teams that are either well out of the race or needing to make a decision about whether to make a long shot run at a playoff spot.  This article will take a look at the 7 teams that are firmly in the "contender" category in the National League.

 
The Contenders
New York Mets (39-36)
If you had to have me pick one of these 7 teams most likely to fade from playoff contention, it would be the New York Mets.  Everything about the team seems like it is a smoke and mirrors illusion.  They have one star player (David Wright), a resurgent pitcher (Johan Santana), and a pitcher pitching well above his career norms (R.A. Dickey).  The rest of the team is stacked with players working above their heads.  Now if you substitute "Andrew McCutchen", "A.J. Burnett", and "James McDonald" for those three players above, the same is probably being said about the Pirates right now across the country.

Chance of making a trade to make a playo...

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