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An outstanding pitcher's duel shapes up at Shea, while a crafty old hurler tries to reprise his past brush with perfection in Boston.

Today's Full Slate of Games

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As in the AL, the Central division is as tight as can be, while in the East two Mets are predicted to take home some hardware along with their division flag.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff predictions for the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the National League, along with the staff picks in some fun miscellaneous categories.

Each staff member's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division, plus the results of our pre-season MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year voting.

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A point-by-point response that provides some explanation into how Kevin crafts his prospect rankings.

Prospect rankings generate tons of emails, be it from fans, agents, front office folks, even players themselves. More often than not, they are simple enough questions. 'Why isn't player X ranked higher, or ranked at all?' is the usual tone these emails take, but one of our subscribers delivered quite the missive concerning this week's rankings of the Colorado Rockies, and it's one that took some time to reply to, while also covering some broader ground on the ranking process in general, so I thought I'd share with the class.

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January 23, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

Some key young players helped Colorado reach the World Series last year. Can they count on their farm system to keep delivering?

Five-Star Prospects
1. Franklin Morales, LHP
Four-Star Prospects
2. Chris Nelson, SS
3. Greg Reynolds, RHP
4. Casey Weathers, RHP
5. Dexter Fowler, CF
Three-Star Prospects
6. Ian Stewart, 3B
7. Hector Gomez, SS
8. Brandon Hynick, RHP
9. Juan Morillo, RHP
Two-Star Prospects
10. Jayson Nix, 2B
11. Brian Rike, OF















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An AL powerhouse against a Rocky Mountain-high Cinderella--who has momentum, and who's got the advantage?

Tonight, the Colorado Rockies will become the fifth franchise in the past 11 years to make its virgin appearance in the World Series, following in the footsteps of the 1997 Marlins, the 2001 Diamondbacks, the 2002 Angels, and the 2005 Astros. The Rockies combine elements from each of those clubs. Like the 1997 Marlins, they are an odd mix of veteran talent and youth, and squeezed into the playoffs as a Wild Card team in a league that featured a great deal of parity. Like the 2001 Diamondbacks, they are an expansion club from the Mountain West that is set to square off at long odds against one of the AL East's superpowers. Like the 2002 Angels, they are a 'small ball' team that has excelled by vacuuming up with their defense when their opponents tried to put the ball into play. And like the 2005 Astros, which at one point were more than 200:1 underdogs to reach the postseason, they saved their best baseball for late in the year.

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October 10, 2007 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: Unless You're Still Playing

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Bryan Smith

The four teams still standing have a few rookies and mid-season call-ups to thank for it.

Perhaps in Jim Hendry's perfect world, Carlos Marmol would have never been in the bullpen to relieve Carlos Zambrano in Game One. Similarly, Josh Byrnes would have never had an infield containing Augie Ojeda and Game One hero Mark Reynolds backing up Brandon Webb. Franklin Morales and Kyle Kendrick weren't supposed to be major leaguers in 2007, much less matched up against one another as Game Two starters in a Division Series. Heck, names like Asdrubal and Joba weren't supposed to become known in Cleveland and New York in 2007.

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Both teams were on scorching tears to end the regular season; who's the better bet to keep that going in the playoffs?

I suppose I could ask if this series isn't something like Will Carroll talking about having Alyssa Milano and Jenn Sterger as his guests on BPR-who's hotter, and who's hottest? The Phillies and Rockies might be the two hottest teams in baseball, having both managed to knock off their divisions' defending champs to make it into the playoffs, the Phillies as the NL East winners, the Rockies as the circuit's Wild Card team. Since I'm more the crme brulee type anyway, I suggest we skip past the cheesecake observation and focus on the meat in what figures to be a high-scoring bloodbath where most of the moundsmen are in danger of getting splattered.

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August 19, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

All the moves from around the Senior Circuit, with some interesting things going on with contenders and spoilers alike.

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November 22, 2006 12:00 am

Future Shock: Colorado Rockies Top Ten Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The Rockies' humidor may have led the league in VORH, but there are some actual pitching prospects ascending to altitude, along with a special shortstop at No. 1.

Excellent Prospects
1. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
2. Franklin Morales, LHP
Very Good Prospects
3. Dexter Fowler, CF
4. Chris Ianetta, C
5. Ian Stewart, 3B
6. Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP
7. Shane Lindsay, RHP
Good Prospects
8. Greg Reynolds, RHP
Average Prospects
9. Samuel Deduno, RHP
10. Joe Koshansky, 1B














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