The Last Great Pennant Race

The NL West race has been non-existent to begin. The Braves sputtered from the gate, thanks to some difficulty that no all-world pitching staff can cure: Poor hitting. Meanwhile, the Giants blasted miles ahead. Bonds was dividing the league as anticipated, but there were openings over the supporting cast. Infielders Matt Williams and Robby Thompson…

Orlando Magic: 200-1

Elfrid Payton is a sneaky Rookie of the Year candidate, Nikola Vucevic just inked a reasonably priced expansion and the Orlando Magic’s defense has allowed a highly stingy 97.2 points per 100 possessions during preseason play, based on RealGM.com. You can correctly cite the fact that the Magic are such sound statistical stoppers since their…