Page 9 - The Michigan Daily Wednesday, April 2, 1986
THE SPORTING VIEWS
By DOUGLAS VOLAN
It seems that every time the Mets
are ready to claim top honors in the
NL East, some unexpected team sud-
denly emerges to foil their quest. On-
ce again, great things are expected.
The team has what it takes, but in this
division you never know...
METS - New York made two major
acquisitions in the off season, pitcher
Bob Ojeda and second baseman Tim
Teufel. Ojeda joins a rotation which is
*the best in baseball. It includes Cy
Young award winner Dwight Gooden,
Ron Darling, Sid Fernandez, and Rick
Aguilera. The bullpen is a bit suspect
as ace Jesse Orosco has yet to prove
he can get the job done for a whole
season. But with the return of Doug
Sisk and the emergence of Roger Mc-
Dowell, everything will fall into place.
Teufel will platoon at second with
Wally Backman. And with Rafael
Santana at short, the Mets have the
solid middle-infield necessary for a
The Mets also have the best meat of
the batting order in baseball. Keith
John Tudor and Danny Cox, who
won 39 games between them last year,
must have repeat performances for
St. Louis to contend. The bullpen is
strong with Jeff Lahti, Ken Dayley, and
CUBS - Last year the Cubs pit-
ching staff was destroyed due to in-
juries to all five of their starters. If
those five (Rick Sutcliffe, Steve
Trout, Dennis Eckersley, Scott San-
derson, and Dick Ruthven) can come
back, Chicago might be able to recap-
ture its pennant-winning form of 1984.
Age will be a factor. Third baseman
Ron Cey is 38, and left fielder Gary
Matthews is 36. Chicago also acquired
Manny Trillo and Jerry Mumphrey,
both in their mid-thirties.
Second baseman Ryne Sandberg
(.305, 26 HRs, 54 steals) is the offen-
sive leader. The offense could hinge
on the comebacks of Jody Davis and
Bob Dernier. Dernier was injured
most of last season and hit just .254.
Davis was in a season-long slump and
Shawon Dunston will get to prove
himself with a full season at shor-
PHILLIES - The revamped
Phillies are out to create a new ex-
citing image. Speedy newcomers
Gary Redus and Milt Thompson will
join Juan Samuel to set the National
League ablaze. But their opponents
will run just as much. Philadelphia's
catching tandem of Darren Daulton
and John Russell doesn't figure to
have much success behind the plate.
By trading Ozzie Virgil, the Phillies
created a big hole behind the plate.
The Virgil trade did bring righthan-
der Steve Bedrosian, who will anchor
the bullpen. And the bullpen figures to
get plenty of work with the Phillies
weak rotation of Kevin Gross, Charlie
Hudson, Shane Rawley, and two
question marks. A healthy Steve
Carlton, coming off a shoulder injury,
could solidify the staff.
Mike Schmidt will return to third
base with Von Hayes taking over the
first base job. Together with out-
fielder Glenn Wilson and the speed
demons at the top of the lineup, this
will be a potent offensive club.
EXPOS - After contending for last
year's divisional title, the Expos will
fall back to earth this season. With a
weak pitching staff, and what figures
to be a weak defensive infield, the Ex-
pos will be in for a long season.
The trade of Bill Gullickson to Cin-
cinnati leaves the Expos with just one
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Bryn Smith. They will PIRATES - Pittsburgh will once
youngsters Jay Tibbs, again find themselves in the
nd Floyd Youmans to basement of the NL East, although
ectable. The bullpen, they are much improved. This is a
strong point with NL young team who will provide plenty of
year Jeff Reardon and excitement for the few who come out
ng 41 saves. to see them.
ubie Brooks, Vance Sid Bream and R.J. Reynolds, two
first baseman Andres players acquired from the Dodgers,
be potent offensively, will contend for first base and left
they leave something field, respectively. Center fielder Joe
Tim Wallach is now Orsulak and right fielder Mike Brown
also have potential.
The keys to the team, however,
remain second baseman Johnny Ray
and catcher Tony Pena. Both must
return to form after disappointing
seasons last year for the Pirates to
escape the basement.
Sporting News' NL Comeback
Player of the Year, Rick Reuschel,
anchors a pitching staff which had a
3.97 ERA P'st season. Joining Reuschel
will be veterans Rick Rhoden and
Larry McWilliams and youngsters
Pat Clements and Bob Kipper.
NL pitchers pared
from Braves, Cubs
From wire reports
Pitchers bore the brunt yester-
day as major league clubs worked
under a salary deadline in paring
their rosters to the 24-man limit
agreed upon by owners last winter.
Among the victims were Pascual
Perez and Len Barker of Atlanta,
Bill Dawley of Houston and Ray
Fontenot of the Chicago Cubs.
Teams had until noon yesterday
to release players without having
to pay their full salaries.
WITH OPENING day a week
away, the Braves said they had
waived 11 players, including right-
handed starters Perez and Barker,
and relievers Terry Forster and
Rick Camp. Another six players
were sent to the monors, including
outfielder Brad Komminsk and in-
fielders Gerald Perry and Paul
The 28-year-old Perez was 1-13
with a 6.14 ERA for the Braves last
season, although he had pitched
fairly well in spring training.
Barker, 30, had a five-year, $2.85
million contract, the first three
years of which were guaranteed
and ran through 1986. He was 3-9
with a 6.35 ERA last .year while
trying to come back from shoulder
surgery, and he had a 5.40 ERA
Forster, 34, had a 1.69 ERA in 10
2-3 this spring, while the 32-year-
old Camp was 5.14 in seven in-
The Braves also said they had no
plans for signing 47-year-old Phil
Niekro, who was released this
spring by the New York Yankees
and had been pitching batting
practice at Atlanta's spring camp
in West Palm Beach, Fla.
... Cub leader
recognized as one of the best two-way
players in baseball after winning a
Gold Glove at third base last season.
Catching will be a problem with the
weak-hitting Mike Fitzgerald and ex-
Cardinal Tom Nieto.
March of Dimes
BIRTH DEFECTS FOUNDATION
Hernandez, Gary Carter, and Darryl
Strawberry will make opposing pit-
chers tremble. And with Backman
and either Mookie Wilson or Len
Dykstra at the top of the order, the
Mets have the speed to go along with
CARDINALS - After several
players had "career" seasons, the St.
Louis Cardinals made it to the World
Series. But the question remains, will
guys like Willie McGee, Tom Herr,
and John Tudor be able to perform
like that again? In addition, with the
loss of Joaquin Andujar, somebody
will have very large shoes to fill.
The Cardinals improved at catcher
by adding Mike Heath. He will un-
doubtedly have more success than
Darrell Porter at throwing out poten-
tial base stealers.
Speed is the key to the Cardinals' of-
efensive attack again (their 314 stolen
bases last season led the league.) Vin-
ce . Coleman, Willie McGee, Ozzie
Smith, and Andy Van Slyke will run
wild, and Jack Clark will drive them
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capture this year's NL East crown.
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