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.....
MARCH 14TH, 2014
2014 New York Mets Win Total Analysis
For the fifth straight season, the New York Mets finished below .500. In the National League East, 74-88 was good enough for a third place finish in 2013, the highest the Mets have finished since 2008. The Mets are still in search of their first winning season at Citi Field. After a string of nine straight seasons from 2003-2012 with nine-figure payrolls, th.....
MARCH 14TH, 2014
2014 Minnesota Twins Win Total Analysis
The Minnesota Twins managed to avoid last place in 2013, even though they lost the same number of games that they did in 2012. Consecutive 96-loss seasons don’t leave much room for optimism and the Twins are now mired in a three-year slump during which they have accumulated 291 losses. This comes after a string of six division titles in nine years during t.....
MARCH 9TH, 2014
2014 Milwaukee Brewers Win Total Analysis
If a pattern that started six years ago holds true, the Milwaukee Brewers are in line for a big season in 2014. Back in 2008, the Brewers snuck into the playoffs as the wild card with a 90-72 record and were promptly dispatched by the Philadelphia Phillies. The following year, the Brewers were unable to replicate that performance and finished 80-82. It got w.....