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THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 13C National League lineups A team-by-team look at the projected batting orders and pitching rotations for the 1998 season: ,t on ... LjJ 4r- in " f VJr y affect major league baseball, tstnot immune to the effects of teorological staff plunged waist ; to: dig up clues as to what will atlanta BRAVES Manager Bobby Cox . Projoctod linoup CF Andruw Jones RF Michael Tucker 3B Chipper Jones IB Andres Galarraga LF Ryan Klesko C Javy Lopez 2B Tony Graffanino SS Walt Weiss P Greg Maddux Starting pitchors RH Greg Maddux LH Denny Neagle LH Tom Glavine RH John Smoltz RH Kevin Millwood Top roliovors 0 RH Mark Wohlers RH Dennis Martinez arizona DIAMONDBACKS Manager Buck Showalter Projoctod linoup CF Devon White SS Jay Bell RF Karlm Garcia 3B Matt Williams IB Travis Lee C Jorge Fabregas LF Yamll Benitez 2B Tony Batista P Andy Benes Starting pitchors RH Andy Benes RH Willie Blair LH Brian Anderson RH Jeff Suppan LH Joel Adamson Top roliovors RH Felix Rodriguez RH ...Gregg Olson o. vvc picuioi me lunuwirig ... National League predictions East Division Atlanta Braves New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Florida Marlins Montreal Expos Central Division '.' St. Louis Cardinals Houston Astros Milwaukee Brewers Pittsburgh Pirates Chicago Cubs Cincinnati Reds West Division San Diego Padres Los Angeles Dodgers Colorado Rockies San Francisco Giants Arizona Diamondbacks -Wild-card playoff team Cincinnati REDS Manager Jack McKeon Projoctod linoup SS Pokey Reese LF Chris Stynes 3B Willie Greene CF Reggie Sanders IB Eduardo Perez C Eddie Taubensee RF Jon Nunnally 2B Bret Boone P Dave Burpa Starting pitchors RH Dave Burba RH Brett Tomko LH Mike Remlinger RH Pete Harnisch LH Steve Cooke Top roliovors RH Jeff Shaw RH Stan Belinda Chicago CUBS Manager Jim Riggleman Projoctod linoup CF Lance Johnson 2B Mickey Morandinl RF Sammy Sosa IB Mark Grace LF Henry Rodriguez SS Jeff Blauser 3B Kevin Orie C Scott Servais P Kevin Tapani Starting pitchors RH Kevin Tapani RH Mark Clark RH Jereml Gonzalez RH Steve Trachsel LH Terry Mulholland Top roliovors RH Rod Beck RH Terry Adams I Milwaukee Detroitfj .t " ' I '" ""- i t Lm Philadelbhial Jl 4VU v . picago Cleveland A Pittsburgh j&L,, .- if ' 'r ' i "Oftianta (v 1 1 -: ".J i V; www.OoPM.com Get the latest updates during Marlins games, audio clips, statistics, articles, photos and chat forums at www.GoPBI.com houston ASTROS Manager Larry Dierker Projoctod linoup 2B Craig Biggio C BradAusmus IB Jeff Bagwell RF Derek Bell LF Moises Alou 3B Sean Berry Colorado ROCKIES Manager Don Baylor Projoctod linoup 2B Mike Lansing CF Ellis Burks RF Larry Walker LF Dante Bichette IB Todd Helton 3B Vinny Castilla SS Neifi Perez C Kirt Manwarlng P Darryl Kile Starting pitchors RH Darryl Kile RH John Thomson RH Pedro Astacio RH Jamey Wright RH Mark Thompson Top roliovors RH Jerry Dipoto RH Curtis Leskanic r 1 National League Forecast e -7! j; CF Richard Hidalgo SS Tim Bogar P Shane Reynolds Starting pitchors RH Shane Reynolds LH Mike Hampton LH John Halama RH Jose Lima RH Sean Bergman Top roliovors LH Billy Wagner RH Doug Henry milwaukee BREWERS Manager Phil Garner Projoctod linoup 2B Fernando Vina 3B Jeff Cirjllo RF Jeromy Burnitz IB John Jaha LF Marc Newfield CF Marquis Grissom SS Jose Valentin C Mike Matheny P Cal Eldred Starting pKchors RH Cal Eldred LH Scott Karl RH Jose Mercedes RH Jeff Juden RH Paul Wagner Top roliovors RH Doug Jones RH Bob Wickman MILWAUKEE Earthquakes A seismic shift has moved Milwaukee to the National League, where the city (with the Braves) once belonged. The NL Central is up for grabs, but the Brewers have to figure out what to do with DH-types Dave Nllsson and John Jaha. MONTREAL Monsoons Heavy rain will fall on Expos hopes all year. In the past, manager Felipe Alou has gotten decent seasons as the talent filters out, but the situation has reached (soggy) bottom. NEW YORK High humidity After 88 wins last season, the Mets have playoff expectations. But If an average pitching staff and average lineup have an average season, look for the Mets to start perspiring heavily In September. PHILADELPHIA Smog The Phillies are trying to bring in some fresh air, with young manager Terry Francona and players such as LF Bob Abreu, SS Desi Relaford, CF Doug Glanville and 3B Scott Rolen. But Irritants from past years holdovers such as Gregg Jefferies and sub-par pitching will keep Philadelphians coughing. PITTSBURGH Rainbows The suffering of cost-cutting years may be passing. Gene Lamont managed a scrappy club to within four games of .500 last year, and talented players will continue to emerge. Contending, however, like a new ballpark, Is a few years off. ST. LOUIS Thunderstorms There will be plenty of rumbling in Busch Stadium, much from the booms off Mark McGwire's bat. He Is backed by RF Brian Jordan, LF Ron Gant and CF Ray Lankford, and If all four are healthy, opposing pitchers won't be. SAN DIEGO High winds With the highest-scoring NL team below 5,280 feet, the Padres were 76-86 last year because of a 4.98 team ERA. Enter new pitching coach Dave Stewart and new ace Kevin Brown. As long as RF Tony Gwynn, IB Wally Joyner, CF Steve Finley and 3B Ken Caminltl don't all get old at once, San Diego will be high as a kite. SAN FRANCISCO Avalanche The noise the Giants made last year winning the NL West may leave them buried In 1998. The farm system is empty and San Francisco won despite finishing ninth In the league in ERA and 10th In batting average. COLORADO Lightning In a flash, the Rockies decided to think about pitching. They added Pedro Astaclo late last season and Darryl Kile as a free agent.The offense will be there, so If manager Don Baylor can avoid frying his pitchers' arms, Colorado can make the NL West quite a battle. FLORIDA Heavy erosion Whatever fan support the Marlins won with their World Series victory was washed away with the announced sale of the team and resulting payroll and talent slashing. Young talent is abundant In the farm system, but on the field In the major leagues, the team will struggle. Not many people will witness It. HOUSTON Cloudy Ace Darryl Kile Is gone, but LF Moises Alou arrives. IB Jeff Bagwell, 2B Craig Biggio, RF Derek Bell should be Just as productive, but pitching is shaky. The sun may not come out this fall. LOS ANGELES Hurricanes Swirling winds of controversy and dissent have kept the talented Dodgers from anything close to a pennant in recent years. If the clubhouse doesn't take another pounding, this team makes the playoffs. ARIZONA Low-pressure system Owner Jerry Colangelo wants a winner soon, but it doesn't have to happen In the. expansion team's first year. Tickets have sold briskly to the new, retractable-roof ballpark, and Colangelo already has lavished dollars on P Andy Benes, SS Jay Bell-and 3B Matt Williams. F' 11 ATLANTA Thin air The Braves will stay at a high altitude this season, especially since they lost their main competition In the NL East with the demise of the Marlins. SS Walt Weiss and IB Andres Galarraga come over from the Rockies to replace Jeff Blauser and Fred McGriff. Most Importantly, the starting pitching Is Intact. CHICAGO Haze Heat rising off the ground causes mirages. Cubs management thinks it has buirt a contender, adding SS Jeff Blauser, 2B Mickey Morandinl and LF Henry Rodriguez. But none is a true All-Star. T, CINCINNATI Ice storm Reds trainers will need plenty of Ice to treat their pitchers' arms. Any chance of contention is negated by its pitching staff, which begins with No. 1 starter Brett Tomko. If he's your top starter, things are a little cold. los angeles DODGERS Manager Bill Russell Projoctod linoup 2B Eric Young SS Jose Vizcaino C Mike Piazza IB Eric Karros RF Raul Mondesi 3B Todd Zeile LF Paul Konerko CF ...Todd Hollandsworth P Ramon Martinez Starting pitchors RH Ramon Martinez RH Chan Ho Park RH Hideo Nomo RH Ismael Vaides RH Darren Dreifort Top roliovors RH Antonio Osuna LH Scott Radinsky Cm a ! tional League new york METS v. AL GB Bobby Valentine Pet .623 .568 .543 .481 .420 L 61 70 74 84 94 8-7 12 3 7-8 12-3 5-10 w 101 92. 88 78 68 WON 9 13 23 33 JL st. louis CARDINALS Manager Tony LaRussa Projoctod llnoup SS Royce Clayton 2B Delino DeShields IB Mark McGwire CF Ray Lankford LF Ron Gant RF Brian Jordan 3B. Gary Gaetti C Tom Pagnozzi P Todd Stottiemyre Starting pitchors RH Todd Stottiemyre RH Vatt Morris LH Kent Mexker RH Manny Abar RH A an Benes Top roliovors RH leT Btiey LH Lance Palter vs. AL GB san francisco GIANTS Manager Dusty Baker Projoctod linoup CF Darryl Hamilton 3B Bill Muefer LF Barry Bonds 2B Jeff Kent IB J.T. Snow RF Stan Javier C Brian Johnson SS Rey Sanchez P Shawn Estes Starting pitchors LH Shawn Estes RH O-el Hershise' LH Kirk Rueter RH Va'k Ga-arter RH Danry Da nam Top roliovors RH Ret Nenn R Jul an Tavarez san diego PADRES Maaager Bruce Bochy Projoctod linoup 2B Quilvio Veras CF Steve Finley RF Tony Gwynn 3B Ken Caminiti IB Wally Joyner LF Greg Vaughn C Carlos Hernandez SS Chns Gomez P Kevin Brown Starting pitchors RH Kevin Brown RH toey Hamilton RH. A-dy Ashby LH Sterling Hitchcock LH. Va-K LaTgston Top roliovors RH Trevor Hc'-an RH B''an Eoehnnger Pittsburgh PIRATES Manager Gen a Lamont Projoctod llnoup 2B Tony Womack CF Jermaine Allensworth LF Al Martin IB Kevin Young C Jason Kendall RF Jose Guillen 3B Freddy Garcia SS Lou Collier P Francisco Cordova Starting pKchors RH Francisco Cordova RH Jason Schmidt RH Esteban Loaiza RH Ion Lieber RH. Jose Siiva Top rollovors RH Rich Loiseiie RH Varc W'kms Philadelphia PHILLIES Manager Terry Francona Projoctod lirtoup CF. Doug Glanville LF. Gregg Jefferies 3B Scon Rolen IB Rico Brogna C Mike Lieberthal RF Bob Abreu 2B Mark Lewis SS Desi Relaford P Curt Schilling Starting pitchers RH Curt Schilling RH Manx Portugal RH Mike Grace RH Tyier Green LH Matt Beech Top rollovors RH Ricky Bottaiico RH Wayne Gomes montreal EXPOS Manager Felipe Alou Projoctod linoup SS Mark Grudzielanek LF F.P. Santangelo RF Vladimir Guerrero CF Rondell White IB Brad Fullmer C Chris Widger 2B Orlando Cabrera 3B Shane Andrews p Carlos Perez Starting pHchors LH Carlos Perez RH -.Carl Pavano RH DusTin Hennanson RH Shawn Bosnie RH Vac Vaides Top rollovors RH... Ugjeth Utma RH Anthony Teord w; l 84 78 71 83 7Ql 66 73; 89 Pet .519 .488 .469 .451 .420 4-11 7- 8 9-6 8- 7 9- 6 Projoctod Ikioup 3B Edgardo Alfonzo IB John Olerud 2B Carlos Baerga RF Butch Huskey LF Bernard Gilkey CF Brian McRae C Tim Spehr SS Rey Ordonez P. Bobby Jones Starting pitchors RH Bobby Jones LH A Leiter RH Rick Reed RH Dave Mitcki RH Vasato YosWi Top roliovors LH John Franco RH Vel Rojas 5 6 11 16 13 ' S vs. AL GB ! w L 72 Pet .556 .543 .512 .469 10-6 9-7 9-7 98 2 7 14 BS 74 83 7S 76 S5

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