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Fan bloggers favor Cubs to win NL

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That's the cry of fan bloggers, who pick Chicago, more than any other National League team, to win the World Series this year.

Among the bloggers, the NL Central is the most clear-cut division with 26 posts picking the Cubs for the postseason, including 11 pennants and six World Series titles. Nobody picked the Reds, Astros or Pirates to make the playoffs.

The World Champion Phillies are are popular pick to repeat with eight pennants and five World Series titles. NL East rival Mets (six pennants, two World Series titles) are the only other team bloggers feel can win against the American League. Only the Nationals got left out of the postseason.

In the NL West, fans picked in all directions, giving each team at least one trip to the playoffs. The Diamondbacks and Dodgers each make one World Series appearance but lose.

The notes below are just enough to get you out of the batter's box. We've listed how many bloggers picked the team to win the wild card, division, pennant and World Series. Follow the links to cheer your favorite posts, argue with the calls made in the blogs and to touch all the bases in the National League.

NL East
Atlanta Braves: Wild card 2 | Division 1
Will the Braves take my little baseball heart and dash it on the fields of America? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain, just like Spring hope blooms anew. -- UWSHUHD1
Florida Marlins: Wild card 2
Marlins fans are spoiled. All seven of them. The team wins it all about every six or seven years but couldn't fill up a Little League stadium on Jonas Brothers bobblehead night.
-- drmockdreamy

New York Mets: Wild card 7 | Division 13 | Pennant 6 | World Series 2
K-Rod and J.J. Putz will help this team into postseason play, but it will be tight.
-- bigsean1698

Philadelphia Phillies: Wild card 6 | Division 13 | Pennant 8 | World Series 5
In a rematch of the 1915 World Series, the Phils avenge the ghosts of Gavvy Cravath and Grover Cleveland Alexander and beat the Sox in a thrilling six game to repeat as champs.
-- anthonyc218

Washington Nationals
They’ve at least got Dunn, which they needed. -- REDS101439

NL Central
Chicago Cubs: Wild card 1 | Division 25 | Pennant 11 | World Series 6
Alfonso Soriano stays healthy all season and makes a strong run not only for the NL MVP, but also at a Triple Crown. -- HuffyT13
Cincinnati Reds
Reds (90-72) They have a big three on offense: Jay Bruce, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. -- KAS09K
Houston Astros
Ian Kennedy finishes the year on an NL team. -- Vicious_Vilma_51
Milwaukee Brewers: Division 2
Everyone on the team, even Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, has something to prove this year. -- brewdude15
Pittsburgh Pirates
For $35 a person you can go to one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country, enjoy unlimited refreshments and depending on the night, if you bring your mitt, you may be asked to play center field. -- josephj1109
St. Louis Cardinals: Wild card 6 | Division 3
Ryan Ludwick had an amazing breakthrough season last year. As with Yadi, hard to imagine him repeating the same feats this year. -- 2NOteamsrule

NL West
Arizona Diamondbacks: Division 8 | Pennant 1
Great all-around rotation with different types of pitchers. -- numberoneyanksfan13 Colorado Rockies: Division 1
Los Angeles Dodgers: Wild card 1 | Division 14 | Pennant 1
They have no competition in a weak division. Manny Ramirez and company will play with swagger and overcome any team that may challenge team. -- bravesgirl85
San Diego Padres: Division 1
Playoffs -- Phillies, Cubs, Padres, Mets (wild card) -- schierbaum20
San Francisco Giants: Wild card 1 | Division 2

Bloggers who picked every division
LestersLegends | bravesgirl85 | proachinf | zcaldiman | Ramsfan920 | 1978jeremy | goliathxr | jdisawe | Chris72970 | Romamilton | bigsean1698 | anthonyc218 | atlgt05 | donkingruinedboxing | eherauf | nbacity13 | KAS09K | Vicious_Vilma_51 | phyhtheaux | bigsean1698 | Numberoneknicksfan1128 | numberoneyanksfan13 | probob38 | natsdude4

Bloggers who gave out awards
LestersLegends | proachinf | zcaldiman | Ramsfan920 | Romamilton | atlgt05 | eherauf | Vicious_Vilma_51

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Reds predictions
Cardinals predictions
Pirates predictions
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Diamondbacks predictions
Phillies go for third division title in a row
Braves' signs of hope
Mets ready to close the deal
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