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This is the time of year when all things are possible, and everyone has a chance to contend.
Baseball has been in a full-blown crisis mode since the day the National League began play back in 1876.
Once again the Braves have been picked to finish somewhere other than first in the NL East.
Four teams -- Chicago, Philadelphia, Florida, and Houston -- are touting their rotations as the best in the NL.
The pressure is on the Phillies, who are being ranked as the team to beat in the National League East.
The two teams with the biggest payrolls in the American League have the most talented quartets.
St. Louis is in the enviable position of being able to sneak up on the rest of the National League Central.
The Cubs need to keep pace with the Astros, who have recently brought in Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens.
The Yankees find themselves without a left-handed starter now that David Wells has bolted for the NL.