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Ken Rosenthal dishes on the latest with the Nationals, Angels, and much more.
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I'm Brian Webber welcome to the MLB hot corner presented by Pizza -- bring great times to the table I'm pleased to be joy about -- sports dot com senior baseball writer. I -- the ball. -- the standings in the National League east are all sides down with a national first and the Phillies and lastly what do in this. Hot position of making a tough call here who's the best team in this -- Bryant and go to defer to the executive that I talked to ovals that every day and they keep telling me if the nationals. And it's the nationals because if you look at the other teams in the division they're not quite as strong let's go that way first. Phillies know Howard or Utley know how to. Braves can't win without chipper. That's simply aren't talented enough to win the division. In the Marlins while they've had a monster today I don't like their pitching wing compared to the nationals. And what of the nationals have we know what they have the best starting rotation in the National League there's talk of course of shutting out Strasburg after a 160 innings. I believe that when I see it. Their bullpen even without closer drew story incident and Bradley both have been out for quite some time well it ranks fifth in the nationally in your -- So nationals all around the pitching excellent. Offense is a question Brian there's no doubt about that they are thirteenth in the National League in runs scored. But they're going to get Michael -- back pretty soon he's -- left fielder and a slugger when he is right. They are looking for another back perhaps utility quarter type guy. And eventually come August Jayson Werth also will return and got Bryce Harper a transcendent young talent. I liked a lot like them to win the division. Okay let's jump the American League lights not have been a big surprise that was what event or getting it done in his first year in the -- Very calmly Bryant he has a lot calmer than Ozzie Guillen of course anyone just about becoming an Indian. But Ventura from the start of spring training has had the respect of his players and his coaching staff has had that respective. Now we can talk all we want about managers and their impact but the bottom line is the White Sox players are performing much better. If Konerko who is the American League MVP outside of Josh now that. Adam Dunn is back in back in a big way Alex Rios has had a decent first half. And when you look at guys like the he's performed well by -- you know as well. There profits fourth in the American League in runs per game that's pretty good quite surprised. And then the rotation Jake Peavy is back at the other guy that they were counting on much better season he's had in the past. The bullpen has a big young arms. If there is any team that can challenge Detroit it's probably Cleveland probably to god. Finally Angels of gun -- but here we are now on the DL with a back injury how challenging is it would be for them to survive without an all star on the Bryant certainly depends upon how long beavers out if it's a short amount of times 23 weeks they should be okay. If it's long -- well it got -- in rotation to begin -- have much depth beyond the top five guys. They put Garrett pitchers to replace Weaver he was struggling triple way after that it's really so clearly they need Weaver back. But the good news for the Angels is that they stabilize things profits with my trap coming up with Alvin -- becoming our pools in May. Is getting to the point now where they are Pearson type and again. In the bullpen much better than it was the first month Scott Downs outstanding all the time. Jordan -- has reemerged and of course the trade for -- -- we area when the biggest early season moves you'll ever see. This guy has been lights out. So with Weaver or without the Angels should be okay. But in the long line clearly being injured Weaver who has thrown a no hitter this year. Part of the rotation like Kenny thanks so much for the inside that can -- -- for the -- hot corner present it but it's not. Bring great time -- that it forecast I'm Brian will see you next.