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August 16, 2007 12:00 am
Despite some really uneven results in run scoring and run prevention, Arizona's the team to beat in the NL West down the stretch.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have the second-best record-just shy of the best-in the National League.
The Diamondbacks are going the way of old teams, just faster than most, while the Tigers and Royals can find silver linings in their under-.500 seasons.
For three teams mediocre or worse, there are some bright spots to be savored. Unless you're the Diamondbacks, in which case life is just a five-week march to oblivion.
The Diamondbacks need to get good value for Randy Johnson and Steve Finley. The Tigers could market Jason Johnson as a cheaper Kris Benson. The Royals could test the waters with Joe Randa, Scott Sullivan and others. These and other trade deadline-oriented news and notes out of Arizona, Detroit and Kansas City in today's Prospectus Triple Play.
NL East | NL Central | NL West
Welcome to Baseball Prospectus' predictions for 1999. We'll go division by
division and each of our staff members will tell you what they think about the
races. Remember, there's a reason we don't print this stuff in the book; there
is no good way we know of to predict what a team will do before the season
begins. Consider these teamwide WFGs, take them with a grain of salt, and
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