Taking a break from the Pinstripes just for a moment. I thought it would be appropriate to focus on who the Yanks may be squaring off against come Fall Classic time.
East: Atlanta Braves. The more things changed, the more they are going to appear to be the same again. Forget all the talk surrounding the Mets and the Phillies. The Braves pitching staff is far superior than both of those teams, maybe the entire league. John Smoltz, Mike Hampton, Tim Hudson, and a promising 2nd year starter in Chuck James (11 wins last year as a rookie) makes up a solid starting 4 and the bull pen has added rising star Mike Gonzalez and known brand Bob Wickman. The offensive lineup is not great, but with names like Chipper and Andruw Jones, and Edgar Renteria it is above average and will be enough for the Braves to return to the familiar position of Eastern Division Winners.
Central: Chicago Cubs. This is not even going to be close. The Cardinals lost pitchers and will enjoy the Peyton Manning dubbed "pass" for this season's under performance due to winning it all last year. Cubs spent a lot of jack and will now for the first time in a long time have pressure to actually perform. Pinella is a proven winner (ex-Tampa stint). An offensive lineup that has Alfonso Soriano, Derek Lee, and Arm Ramirez could be the best big three combo in baseball. Pitching is a question mark but has the very real potential of being great. Zambrano, Marquis, Lilly, Prior, and Wade Miller are known names for the starting rotation, and the experiment with Wood will likely be a huge success if he stays healthy.
West: Arizona Diamondbacks. I'm not sure this division actually matters as I am convinced that the NL rep to the World Series is coming out of the East or Central. The D-Backs were in first place prior to the drug related scandal mid-season last year. Once that broke, the team collapsed. So, assuming there isn't another distraction, on top of a happy Randy Johnson, maybe they'll be back to first place again. I don't know, but I hate the Giants and regardless of evidence of talent in a talentless division, I cannot bring myself to pick them.
Wild Card: Philadelphia, Cincinnati, or Los Angeles. Take your pick - For me though, I'd like to see Griffey Jr. return to greatness for a full season, and lead his team to the postseason. I think it would be a great story.