January 24, 2007

BAH, WAIT'LL THEY ALL WANT ON OUR BANDWAGON

Four teams that could surprise in '07 (Ken Rosenthal, 1/24/07, FOXSports.com)

To start with, some parameters.

A team can't qualify as a surprise if it won 87 games last season (the Blue Jays), if it contended as recently as 2005 (the Indians) or if it spent $300 million this off-season (the Cubs).

No, to qualify, a team must be coming off a putrid year, must be a considered something of a longshot and must perform a reasonable impersonation of the '05 White Sox or '06 Tigers by contending deep into the season, if not beyond.

So with that in mind, here are four clubs that stand a chance at shocking us in 2007...


Yet another scribe who hasn't noticed the real sleeper.


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

The Orioles? uh-huh.

I'm not as convinced about the Pirates as you are oj, but you have to think that any team in the NL Central has a shot to make the playoffs, and then it's anyone's ballgame.

The Pirates do seem to have completely fleeced the Braves on their recent deal. A relief pitcher for a quality young 1st baseman?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 24, 2007 11:17 AM

You are referring to KC, who are now in contention thanks to Gil Meche, right?

Or do you mean "surprise" in a bad way? In which case, pick either one, and

Go Blue Jays!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 24, 2007 11:21 AM
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