Today, we finish our divisional previews by looking at the NL West. Last year, in a twist of fate, the San Francisco Giants did not win the World Series in an even-numbered year (for the first time this decade). Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers won the division despite Kershaw pitching 83.2 IP less than his 2015 campaign due to injury (and still posting a 5.6 rWAR). The Colorado Rockies surprised the world by staying within six games of a wildcard spot for much of the season but ultimately finished 12 games out of a spot. The Arizona Diamondbacks had a huge offseason, acquiring Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller (at the price of Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte), and Jean Segura, but fell short of expectations in an extremely disappointing season. The San Diego Padres, meanwhile…. it’s hard to tell what’s going on over there. They haven’t been over .500 since 2010. How does the division shape up going into 2017? Let’s find out.
Month: March 2017
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Today, we look at the NL Central. While the Brewers have not made the playoffs since their 2011 division-winning season, and the Reds have greatly struggled since their 2013 wildcard season, the NL Central still has three playoff contenders. In 2015, the Cardinals won 100 games, the Pirates won 98 games, and the Cubs won 97. The Cardinals, however, only won 86 games in 2016, and the Pirates dropped below .500 to a 78-83 record. Will the NL Central continue to be dominated by the Cubs this year, or will the Cards and Pirates step up? Previews are given in alphabetical order; standings predictions will be released before Opening Day.
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Today, we take a look at the NL East, a division featuring great pitching (Syndergaard, Scherzer, Nola, and more), young studs (Swanson, Turner, and Harper even if he has been around for years and years), and Bartolo Colon. Previews are given in alphabetical order; standings predictions will be released before Opening Day.
by Cam Cain
How well would a team do if all 25 of its players were mediocre relievers?
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As part of our season preview, we decided to gather some bold predictions to post! Various members of the club have sent in some predictions for the 2017 season, some bolder than others. Continue reading “M-SABR 2017 Season Preview: Bold Predictions”