With just under 25% of the season complete, we decided it’s time to update our Power Rankings! Some teams have *seemingly* hit rock bottom, such as the Giants who fell 21 spots since our power rankings that we released on Opening Day. The Twins were the highest riser in these power rankings, up to 13th. The Cubs had the highest standard deviation, which means no one really agreed upon where to put them. This is interesting because they were unanimously the number one team in our previous power rankings, but at the time of publishing, they are 18-19. The lowest standard deviation was held by the Padres, and they have been last in every single power rankings that we have done. (Good news for Padres fans, you guys can only go up from here!)
Month: May 2017
The regular season is just getting underway, and everyone wants to know what potential records could be broken in 2017. History could be made if a pitcher on one of the four teams featured in this article win a Cy Young award, as no player on any of them has ever won the coveted honor. Indeed, the Rockies, Marlins, Rangers, and Reds are all Cy Young-less. So, which pitcher from each one of these organizations has the best chance to bring home a Cy Young? To answer this question, I compiled data from the last five AL and NL Cy Young winners and sorted them by age and career resumes. The reason for picking the last five years is that I consider this period the Fireball Era when starting pitchers commonly throw 95 MPH or higher.