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Pretenders, contenders and picks

With baseball's division races all bunched up, Eric Neel sorts through the contenders, pretenders and a nickname for Vladimir Guerrero.

Updated: June 24, 2004, 12:16 PM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2

We're almost 70 games in. Too early to start talking about pennant and wild-card races? Not when the divisions are as tight as a John Kerry smile.

NL West Contenders: San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego are within 2.5 games of each other.

Pretenders: I don't buy the Edgardo Alfonzo resurgence, and the Giants' pitching has GM Brian Sabean lobbying the league to raise the mounds again, but Barry can carry them a good long ways. The Dodgers are the pretenders. Nomo, ...

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