MARCH 27TH, 2014
2014 Texas Rangers Win Total Analysis
The offseason started pretty well for the Texas Rangers as they acquired Prince Fielder from the Detroit Tigers and signed Shin-Soo Choo to bolster the outfield. Just a few days before the start of the regular season, things look drastically different as injuries to the starting rotation have completely decimated the Rangers pitching staff and have left the .....
MARCH 27TH, 2014
2014 Tampa Bay Rays Win Total Analysis
The Tampa Bay Rays continue to be a beacon of hope for all small and mid-market teams across the league with their continued run of success. This upcoming season, the Rays are projected to have the smallest payroll in the American League East by over $30M yet have the highest win total of the division’s five teams. Their progressive, statistically-minded f.....
MARCH 26TH, 2014
2014 St. Louis Cardinals Win Total Analysis
The season finished in disappointment for the St. Louis Cardinals as they lost the World Series to the Boston Red Sox. One has to wonder if things would have gone differently had the National League won the All-Star Game that decided home-field advantage for the World Series. The Cardinals split the first two in Boston before losing two out of three at home .....
MARCH 26TH, 2014
2014 Seattle Mariners Win Total Analysis
The Seattle Mariners should send some gifts to the Houston Astros. It was the addition of the Astros that kept the Mariners from a fourth consecutive last-place finish in the American League West last season. Four straight losing seasons tend to force change and that’s what happened as Eric Wedge stepped down while being fired and the Mariners shelled out .....
MARCH 25TH, 2014
2014 San Francisco Giants Win Total Analysis
The San Francisco Giants were surprising for all the wrong reasons in 2013. After a string of four straight winning seasons that included two World Series Championships, the Giants finished 76-86, a disappointing third-place finish in a division that featured only one team above .500. The 629 runs scored were the fewest in a 162-game season since 1992. Th.....
MARCH 24TH, 2014
2014 San Diego Padres Win Total Analysis
If it hasn’t been one thing, it’s been another for the San Diego Padres over the last couple of seasons. In 2012, the Padres were 19 games under .500 at the All-Star Break before getting healthy in the second half and posting a strong 42-33 record. In 2013, the Padres were met with injury after injury, illnesses, suspensions, and pretty much everything t.....
MARCH 19TH, 2014
2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Win Total Analysis
Anybody who saw what the Pirates did over their first 100 games in 2012 probably thought it was a great story. Anybody who continued to follow the Pirates over their final 62 games probably called the first half a fluke and wrote them off. As it turned out, it was wrong to write off the Pirates in 2013. After beginning the 2012 season with a 58-42 mark after.....
MARCH 18TH, 2014
2014 Philadelphia Phillies Win Total Analysis
Following a string of five straight division titles and two World Series appearances, one win and one loss, the Phillies went from mediocre in 2012 to awful in 2013. For the Phillies, the 610 runs they scored in 2013 was the fourth-lowest run scoring output since the Major League Baseball season was extended to 162 games. A lack of run scoring coupled with t.....
MARCH 17TH, 2014
2014 Oakland Athletics Win Total Analysis
For the Oakland Athletics, it was another great regular season that ended in playoff disappointment. The A’s won the American League West by five games, 5.5 if you include Game 163 for the Rangers in their play-in wild card game against the Rays, but were bounced in the American League Division Series by the Detroit Tigers for the second straight season. .....
MARCH 14TH, 2014
2014 New York Yankees Win Total Analysis
Calling an 85-win season a disappointment is a luxury that few franchises have. The New York Yankees are one of those franchises. For the Yankees, their 85-77 record in 2013 marked the fewest wins in a full season since 1992 and the fewest runs scored since 1990. It was the second time since 1995 that the Yankees fell short of the playoffs. It was an even gr.....