You say the Cardinals will move from fifth to fourth this season. I say they'll win their division. Just watch.
BILLY DON BURTON
You say the Twins will finish in fourth place in the Western Division of the American League. I say that they will give the Royals a tough run for first place and maybe even win the division.
Park Hill, Okla.
Baseball fans will be surprised at the young, scrappy Baltimore Orioles. Even with their lack of experience, the Orioles have a first-rate organization and a winning tradition. You say, "For the first time since 1967, Baltimore has no chance to win anything." Don't be surprised when September rolls around and the Birds are in the thick of a pennant chase.
The Phillies are going all the way. Carlton, Kaat, Lonborg and Christenson are the best pitchers in the league. Luzinski, Maddox and Johnstone are the best outfielders: and Schmidt, Bowa, Sizemore and Hebner are the best infielders in history. And with the addition of rookies Andrews, Lerch and Iorg, the Phillies are on their way.
You say Joe Rudi is the best leftfielder in baseball. Have you forgotten George Foster of Cincinnati? Last year he hit .306, .036 higher than Rudi; he scored 32 more runs than Rudi. He also hit 16 more home runs and stole 17 bases compared to Rudi's six. He led the NL with 121 RBIs, and Rudi had only 94. Rudi outclassed Foster in only one offensive category—doubles. Moreover, Rudi trailed Foster in fielding percentage, having made only two errors in 332 chances to Rudi's three in 258 chances.
The Blue Jays and the Expos aren't doing all that badly in the new season, so it is not too soon, America, to prepare for a Canadian World Series. One particular problem must be faced. The late October weather could snow out the Series. As a result, it would have to be concluded the following May, because April is also too cold and/or snowy.
Furthermore, this would delay the opening of the 1978 season. There is a silver lining, however. All this would cut short the schedule.
State College, Pa.
I believe the safest way to play bridge is by computer terminal (It Wasn't AH in the Cards, April 11). The players can be isolated so no unauthorized communication can take place. It seems worth a try.
Thank you for the look ahead at the NASL season (A Laughing Matter No Longer, April 11). But I don't think the Fort Lauderdale Strikers will occupy their division's basement, as you say. From the way they looked in their opener against St. Louis, I think they will have a good season.
You might be right as to who is going to win Soccer Bowl '77. But Coach Jimmy Gabriel's Seattle Sounders will not wind up last. The Sounders are a good strong team, and despite a loss to Team Hawaii in their opener, I think they will finish first or second.
Mercer Island, Wash.