Originally posted by JohnLennonForever
I hardly doubt that the Red Sox or Rays could handle the Cubs. I think the Angels are the only team with a chance and even they are dropping off the radar of late. Rays will win their division but inexperience will not allow them to go far in the playoffs.
Both the Red Sox and Rays have better pitching than anything you'll see in the NL Central, other than Sabathia. This will largely neutralize their hitting. Plus the AL has the DH, which will make it harder on your pitching.
Your current Cubs' team isn't exactly playoff proven themselves, after getting swept last year by a team that couldn't score runs. 🙄
Experience says the Rays shouldn't win their division, but if they do, I think they have a good shot at going deep (they're much better than the Brewers of last year who fell apart and let you in). Remember the Marlins coming out of no where to win the WS (who ironically knocked your Cubs out), even without winning their division (or did they? either way...)?.
The Rays are still hanging on despite being injured, and they're beating top level teams. They're pitching isn't slowing signs of showing down, and if they get healthy in time for the playoffs, who knows what will happen.
Edit: By the way, during inter league play this year, the Rays swept a 3-game set over the Cubs, including a win over Zambrano. 😛