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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jonah Keri: 2014 AL West Preview

This article is pretty much what it sounds like. Keri goes over each team, additions and subtractions, and projections. It makes me fondly remember the days of team season previews on baseball primer.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 25, 2014 at 02:29 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2014 at 08:05 PM (#4677014)
No evaluation of team chemistry. Fail.
   2. Joey B. Posted: March 25, 2014 at 08:11 PM (#4677016)
For the first time, I'm getting the feeling that this could be the year the seat gets truly hot for Mike Scioscia.

Anaheim can't afford to get off to another lousy start. If they do, the baying hounds are going to start screaming for his blood again, and as great a manager as he is, I'm not sure if he can survive missing the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.
   3. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:08 PM (#4677040)
#2- You know I feel dumb pointing to spring numbers but both Hamilton and Pujols are doing very well. If they put up something resembling their vintage numbers, I could see the Angels bouncing back.
   4. Big Train Rollin' Posted: March 25, 2014 at 10:47 PM (#4677052)
I can't wait until he gets to the Expos!
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: March 25, 2014 at 11:08 PM (#4677057)
#2- You know I feel dumb pointing to spring numbers but both Hamilton and Pujols are doing very well. If they put up something resembling their vintage numbers, I could see the Angels bouncing back.


I fully expect Pujols to post 130-150 ops+..No guess about Hamilton though.
   6. The District Attorney Posted: March 25, 2014 at 11:14 PM (#4677058)
Posnanski (in the process of ranking Pujols the 47th best player of all time) discusses at length how Pujols is one of those athletes who is motivated by "the doubters." Poz heavily implies that he therefore expects Pujols to do well this year. (The article is a good read.)
   7. Baldrick Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:17 AM (#4677078)
Pujols at 47th is pretty crazy. Even if you rank assuming no future performance (or if he is completely done), he is quite a bit better than Al Kaline, for example.
   8. The District Attorney Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:38 AM (#4677083)
Pujols at 47th is pretty crazy. Even if you rank assuming no future performance (or if he is completely done), he is quite a bit better than Al Kaline, for example.
Well, Poz doesn't necessarily disagree with that; he has Kaline 50th. :)

Pujols is 40th all-time in WAR (with .4 more than Kaline). The guys with fewer WAR than Pujols, in descending order of WAR, whom I expect to see above him on Poz' list (this doesn't include the handful of Negro Leaguers I'd also expect): B. Gibson, G. Brett, P. Martinez, P. Rose, J. DiMaggio, J. Bench, Y. Berra, S. Koufax
   9. Squash Posted: March 26, 2014 at 12:45 AM (#4677085)
I still love that Darvish GIF.
   10. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: March 26, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4677305)
It might be (and probably is) because I've watched the Angels a ton this spring due to the new Dodgers TV deal, but I think I might be drinking the Angels kool-aid this season. I know it's only spring training, but they have been mashing lately and that Santiago kid looks better than anything they had in the back of the rotation last year.
   11. Matt Welch Posted: March 27, 2014 at 08:25 AM (#4677690)
If the Angels don't have serious rotation injuries, I think they'll contend. Rolling a lot of sevens right now....

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