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Early Birds
Albert Chen
June 21, 2004
Six teams that lost 90-plus games in 2003 got a jump on the favorites
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June 21, 2004

Early Birds

Six teams that lost 90-plus games in 2003 got a jump on the favorites

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MAYBE NEXT YEAR

Brewers
The bullpen, backed by closer Dan Kolb (17 saves, 1.14 ERA), is their strength, but it's overworked (a major-league-high 219 innings) and could run out of gas. As gritty as the Brewers are-second in the majors with 34 games decided by two runs or less—a lack of offensive pop will drop them from contention.

Tigers
They struck gold last winter—picking up free-agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who was hitting .358 with 45 RBIs, and shortstop Carlos Guillen, acquired from Seattle, who had 10 homers—but an inexperienced rotation will cost them in the long run.

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