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Narcs
Offense: Injuries and ineffectiveness galore here. The Narcs will need a surprise here to score some runs. WsL Rank: 19th

Starting Pitching: CC is a rare #1, followed by solid options 2-5. WsL Rank: 9th

Relief Pitching: Anyone hungry for a crap sandwich? WsL Rank: 22nd

2010 Synopsis
WSL's cursed franchise watched injuries decimate high-dollar players like Grady Sizemore, JD Drew and Jason Bay. When half of your lineup is on the DL at any given time, chances are you won't win many games. The sins of the past owner, as well as new ownership's poor luck, continued to cripple a once-proud franchise.

76-86, 4th in AL East

Reality Check
Final Record: 76-86, 4th in AL East
Team AVG: .253, T-17th in the WsL
Team OBP: .321, 16th in the WsL
Team SLG: .401, 14th in the WsL
Team ERA: 4.15, 13th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .253, 11th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 168, T-13th in the WsL

Primary Lineup
C - Nick Hundley
1B - Gaby Sanchez
2B - Chase Utley
SS - Jason Bartlett
3B - Alex Rodriguez
LF - Jason Bay
CF - Jordan Schafer
RF - Alex Gordon
DH - Luke Scott

Starting Rotation
#1 - CC Sabathia
#2 - Ricky Nolasco
#3 - Shaun Marcum
#4 - Jhoulys Chacin
#5 - Edinson Volquez
Top Prospects
C - Jesus Montero
C - Austin Romine
C - Wilin Rosario
3B - Matt Dominguez
OF - Leonys Martin
SP - Rubby De La Rosa
SP - Alex White

Bullpen
RP - Chris Sale
RP - Jose Arredondo
RP - James McDonald
RP - John Lannan
RP - Brad Brach

Best Offseason Move
The Narcs' offensive woes have traditionally been off-set by depth in their rotation. The philosophy that added Shaun Marcum for cheap coming off an injury in 2009 continued with the signings of Ricky Nolasco and Edinson Volquez for a combined $9M. With some breaks, those pitchers could easily be worth double that salary in a given year. Having too much cheap pitching is a good problem to have.

Worst Offseason Move
Given the troubles the Narcs have had keeping their hitters healthy, it was curious to see management invest almost $25M on Chase Utley and Alex Rodriguez; both on the wrong side of 30. Factor in that Alex Gordon and CC Sabbathia are hitting free agency next year and it's easy to see why the Narcs may be in trouble.

PG's '11 Prediction
Bad luck struck the Narcs again as Brett Anderson is already struggling with elbow trouble. It should be another long year for the Narcs. 75-87 record.



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