1-Atlanta This year.s edition of the Braves pitching staff is not as deep as in years. past.
2-San Francisco Power righty Jason Schmidt definitely has Cy Young stuff.
3-Arizona The Diamondbacks have had a different hero every night during their current 11 game winning streak.
4-Philadelphia Tomas Perez has been a solid utility man for the Phillies.
5-Los Angeles Can anybody besides Brian Jordan and Paul LoDuca get a hit? 6-Montreal Rookie righty Claudio Vargas has given the Expos staff a big boost by allowing just 6 runs in his last 37 innings of work.
7-St. Louis Ace of the staff Matt Morris has been hit hard in 6 straight starts.
8-Chicago Cubs Matt Clement has been a huge disappointment on the hill for the Cubs.
9-Houston The Astros are going to have to improve on their mediocre 18-24 road record if they are going to be a legitimate contender.
10-Colorado Slugger Preston Wilson really seems to have taken a liking to the light air at Coors Field.
11-Florida The Marlins have a lot more talent than their .500 record would indicate.
12-Cincinnati The switch of Danny Graves from closer to starter has not worked out well for the Reds.
13-Pittsburgh Rumors out of Pittsburgh have talented but underachieving Kris Benson on the trading block.
14-Milwaukee The Brewers starting staff is a big-time disaster area.
15-NY Mets The NY media and the Mets fans agree on one thing, closer Armando Benitez has got to go.
16-San Diego Rod Beck.s comeback with the Padres has produced 4 saves in his first 4 attempts.
1-Seattle Veteran third baseman Jeff Cirillo has been the invisible man on offense since coming over from the Rockies last season.
2-NY Yankees Japanese import Hideki Matsui has been the Yankees most productive offensive player this season.
3-Boston Lowe has bounced back from a very poor start to pitch some very strong baseball for the Red Sox.
4-Oakland The All-Star break is on the horizon and the A.s have yet to play up to their talent level.
5-Toronto With a league leading .295 batting average and 107 home runs, the Jays have been absolutely dominant on offense.
6-Kansas City Having allowed 110 hits in just 84 innings and sporting a 6.86 ERA, lefty Chris George is the worst 9-5 pitcher in the big leagues.
7-Minnesota Corey Koskie has put up some very big offensive numbers for the Twins.
8-Anaheim After being such a big part of their offense last season, Scott Spiezio has really been struggling with the bat for the Angels.
9-Chicago White Sox Very ordinary offensively, shaky in the bullpen and horrible defensively, the Sox starting pitching is the only hope that this team has. 10-Baltimore Youngster Josh Gibbons is quietly having a very strong season with the bat for the Orioles.
11-Cleveland The Indians were hoping to get more offense than they have gotten from inconsistent Shane Spencer. 12-Texas Manager Buck Showalter hasn.t done anything to improve the Rangers in his first season in Texas.
13-Tampa Bay The Devil Rays need more offense from struggling first baseman Travis Lee.
14-Detroit The Tigers would have a tough time winning games if they were playing in Triple A.