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!)
Author: Michigan Sabermetrics
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.
(Matt Rourke / AP)
Another year, another award for ARod and Big Papi. Wait what!? That and more in our M-SABR staff-wide award predictions.
Introduction and Compilation by Hunter Satterthwaite
Tomorrow is Opening Day, so here at Michigan Baseball and Sabermetrics Club, we are releasing the second version of our power rankings. Our last rankings were released on December 12th, in the thick of winter meetings. All of the offseason moves are now completed, and we are ready for the regular season to get under way. We plan on releasing power rankings once every couple of weeks during the regular season.
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.