2014 MLB Opening Day/April Notes

Time to refresh on what has happened in the MLB since October. In October, the Boston Red Sox are the World Champions and win the World Series at home for the first time since 1918. Now here comes the fun stuff after that October 30th night.

HOT STOVE

  • The New York Yankees are the winners for free agent signings amount, but the Texas Rangers won the free agent battle with the signing of Shin-Soo Choo. One big signing versus 5 signings that fill position spots. The 5 signings were big names, but we’ll see how it pays off the Yankees.

OTHER HOT STOVE TOPICS

  • The Hot Stove was by far in my opinion one of the quietest, expect for Robinson Cano. Cano was the only free agent that declined price offers from his incument Yankees. Cano and his agent, Jay-Z, chose the Seattle Mariners as his home with a 10-year, $240 million contract. The Free Agent signing was one of the highest in MLB history.
  • Another story that seems to be forgotten is the Clayton Kershaw 7-year, $215 million contract extension and avoided arbitration for Kershaw. The Dodgers are loaded in cash with Magic Johnson owning the team.
  • Reload, the St. Louis Cardinals did some house cleaning and took players that are weak at the plate and replace them with those that reach base constantly. Who wouldn’t want a guy in the .340-.400 range for OBP?

They are other Hot Stove news, but most know that they’re some quiet acquisitions, so no need to deeply explain those moves.


BEST OF THE BEST

  • BEST STARTING ROTATIONS (NOT IN TOP ORDER)
  1. NEW YORK YANKEES
  2. TAMPA BAY RAYS
  3. DETROIT TIGERS
  4. ATLANTA BRAVES
  5. NEW YORK METS
  6. CINCINNATI REDS
  7. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
  8. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
  • BEST BULLPEN (NOT IN TOP ORDER)
  1. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
  2. TEXAS RANGERS
  3. ATLANTA BRAVES
  4. MIAMI MARLINS
  5. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
  6. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
  7. SAN DIEGO PADRES
  8. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
  • BEST PITCHING STAFF (NOT IN TOP ORDER)
  1. BOSTON RED SOX
  2. ATLANTA BRAVES
  3. MIAMI MARLINS
  4. CINCINNATI REDS
  5. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
  6. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
  7. SAN DIEGO PADRES
  • BEST DAILY LINE-UP (NOT IN TOP ORDER)
  1. BOSTON RED SOX
  2. NEW YORK YANKEES
  3. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
  4. DETROIT TIGERS
  5. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
  6. TEXAS RANGERS
  7. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
  8. COLORADO ROCKIES
  • BEST BENCH/PINCH HITTERS (NOT IN TOP ORDER)
  1. BALTIMORE ORIOLES
  2. BOSTON RED SOX
  3. NEW YORK YANKEES
  4. CLEVELAND INDIANS
  5. DETROIT TIGERS
  6. KANSAS CITY ROYALS
  7. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
  8. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
  9. COLORADO ROCKIES
  • BEST OFFENSIVE TEAM (NOT IN TOP ORDER)
  1. BALTIMORE ORIOLES
  2. BOSTON RED SOX
  3. NEW YORK YANKEES
  4. CLEVELAND INDIANS
  5. DETROIT TIGERS
  6. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
  7. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
  8. COLORADO ROCKIES

*BOLD/ITALICS DENOTES LEADER IN CATEGORY BASED ON FREQUENCIES


OCTOBER PREDICTION

The amount of Spring Training injuries can either make or break a team. The MLB is what many call “The Big 162”, it is really hard to predict the division winners and wild cards in March. In 2013, I had the Cincinnati Reds beating the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series in 2013, that didn’t happen.

WILD CARD

  • CLEVELAND-NEW YORK (NEW YORK)
  • ATLANTA-CINCINNATI (ATLANTA)

DIVISION

  • DETROIT-NEW YORK (NEW YORK)
  • ST. LOUIS-ATLANTA (ST. LOUIS)
  • BOSTON-OAKLAND (BOSTON)
  • WASHINGTON-LOS ANGELES (LOS ANGELES)

LEAGUE 

  • BOSTON-NEW YORK (NEW YORK)
  • ST. LOUIS-LOS ANGELES (LOS ANGELES)

WORLD SERIES

  • LOS ANGELES DODGERS 4, NEW YORK YANKEES 2


To the Pre-season Poll, which lasts from March 22-April 14. The Poll is not a voting system, it is more of a performance index that reflects the 30 teams season. The index is measure by winning (the given), the strength of schedule (what they face) and the opponents strength of schedule (what the opponent’s face). How can your team be highly ranked in the index? Winning and facing a tough schedule. The poll is not biased and it is based on formula.

PRE-POLL (MARCH 29th, 2014)

  • 1-6 A
  • 7-12 B
  • 13-18 C
  • 19-24 D
  • 25-30 F
  1. ST. LOUIS (2013 FINAL RANKING: 6)
  2. ATLANTA (10)
  3. BOSTON (2)
  4. CLEVELAND (4)
  5. KANSAS CITY (3)
  6. WASHINGTON (13)
  7. OAKLAND (11)
  8. CINCINNATI (9)
  9. NEW YORK YANKEES (17)
  10. COLORADO (28)
  11. SAN DIEGO (23)
  12. TEXAS (7)
  13. DETROIT (5)
  14. SAN FRANCISCO (16)
  15. PITTSBURGH (1)
  16. BALTIMORE (12)
  17. NEW YORK METS (20)
  18. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (8)
  19. TAMPA BAY (18)
  20. TORONTO (19)
  21. ARIZONA (15)
  22. MIAMI (26)
  23. PHILADELPHIA (21)
  24. SEATTLE (22)
  25. MILWAUKEE (24)
  26. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (29)
  27. MINNESOTA (25)
  28. CHICAGO CUBS (27)
  29. LOS ANGELES ANGELS (14)
  30. HOUSTON (30)

*Poll is measured for only 2,430 games of the MLB season, it does not carry into Postseason play.

*Poll does not include Opening Series in Sydney, Australia

*Poll based on Winning, Strength of Schedule, and Opponent’s Strength of Schedule

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