Jimmy Rollins January, 2007- "I think we are the team to beat in the NL East...finally, but that's only on paper."
Phillies win the NL East on the final day of the season as the Mets stumbled through a historically horrific collapse. Oh, Jimmy won the MVP too.
*Jimmy Rollins November, 2007- "We'll win probably 100 games...100 games will get us to the playoffs. There's going to be fireworks, I know that much...and I plan on another celebration, but not just one. I don't plan on giving up that title of NL East champions, I know that much. I don't know if we can make a run like the Braves did [14 straight division titles], but we've started."
*Carlos Beltran February, 2008- "Let me tell you this, without Santana, we felt, as a team, that we had a chance to win in our division. With him now, I have no doubt that we're going to win in our division. I have no doubt in that. We've got what it takes. To Jimmy Rollins: We are the team to beat."
Phillies win the NL East, the Divisional Series, the NL Pennant, and the World Utley Series; winning 103 games total. Mets, sitting at home with a thumb up their ass yet again.
Francisco Rodriguez December, 2008- "Of course, we're going to try to win the division. Of course, we're going to be the front-runner. Of course, we're going to be the team to beat. I don't want there to be a controversy or the other ballclubs in that division to take it personally or take it in a bad way. If they ask me, 'Oh, which ballclub is going to win the National League East?' It's going to be the Mets. Easy question."
The 2009 season still lies ahead, but Cole Hamels did give us a little inside track on the outcome- Mets are choke artists.