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For the beginning of the year, when we were wondering if the World Series champion would get a star because of such a short / abnormal / strange season, I suggested this prognosis: The winner is considered legitimate just like any other year, especially with an extra playoffs, which will make the October game much more difficult. And the losers – the other 29 teams – will put the stars on their failure. Nobody’s gonna give them a lost season.
That last one wasn’t quite right. The Angels and Phyllis have abandoned their CEOs. The Red Sox (and oddly enough, the White Sox) have fired their leaders. And, of course, the players were given time to play at certain levels, so they were released, not locked up and relegated.
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But it has to be true. The season was really too short to discover all the tricks that little monsters can play. The low season was indeed longer and therefore more treacherous. KOVID-19 really hurt the mode of play, affected the players and threw the board like a canoe in a hurricane. Every team should be generous to themselves and evaluate this season.
And so do we. Each year we draw up a ranking of the teams based on their objectives and expectations for the season. As a rule, our exercises considered successful result in a dozen teams whose seasons would not return. This year we judge the teams not so much on their success as on their continued success. The asterisk marks chess – let’s find some good times this season that any team can consider real.
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Significant individual services
The Cleveland Indians: Shane Bieber closed on the 20th. Six rounds in August.
The lack of a season really messed up all the big stats – it’s hard to understand intuitively that Ronald Akuna Jr.’s 14 home runs were numerous, and it will be even harder for people in the future, but he also kept a little beauty in the amber. In the beginning Shane Bieber was the second best ERA+ in the live-ball era. He had the 15th highest FIP, the highest K/9 and K%, the 7th highest success rate of 9, the 4th highest authorized OPS and the 3rd highest OPS+. We cannot bring this performance up to the level of Bob Gibson in 1968 or Pedro Martinez in 2000 because our rational brain knows that it is not easy and it is unlikely that it can sustain this pace for another four months. But we need to see… and Cleveland needs to see up close what the dominant pitching season in history will be. It would be more or less the same as what Shane Bieber did every five days.
The New York Yankees: 20. Luke Voight’s home game, 26. September.
The Yankees have won 27 world championship titles, which is certainly the biggest achievement of a franchise system, but it’s not so much 27 great teams as four different dynasties: Block Babe Ruth of the Seasons (four names), Block Joe DiMaggio (ten if you count the one who made 21 dollars a month when he joined the army), Block Mickey Mantle (six if you don’t count the one who drives DiMaggio) and Block Jeter/Rivera (five). It’s 25 out of 27, with capital letters in the late seventies that complete the picture. Until the beginning of the next quarter. This year they did not come any closer to the finish line, nor were they necessarily further away from it.
There is another way to conquer Yankee domination since about a century, which is a little more widespread. The Yankees entered the season and since 1916 they have produced 13 different home racing champions for a total of 29 crowns: Wally Pip, Ruth, Bob Meisel, Lou Gehrig, DiMaggio, Nick Etten, Mantle, Roger Maris, Greig Krapiva, Reggie Jackson, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Aaron Judge. This year they’re in 14th place: Luke Voight, the only player in the top 20 of the short season. Throughout the season, the total number will be proportionally 59.4.
Meanwhile, they have also caught a small but significant glimpse of the possibility of a 15th birthday. Homeruns, when Giancarlo Stanton scored four homeruns in five games after the season (including this one). Not that there is any doubt that Stanton can hit the ball harder than anyone else in baseball. But it reminded us that (a) it’s still there and (b) it’s essentially still the same racket the Yankees acted for, the same racket the Marlins acted for in 2017 59.
Washington National: Two shots from Juan Soto on the 5th. August, his first game of the season.
If you would bet on who would be the best batter in the world now – who would be the best batter in baseball the next day or the next full season – then you should bet on Juan Soto. The bet would not have been easy, as it was with Mike Trout from 2015 to 2018 or Albert Pujols in the late 2000s or Barry Bonds in 2003. But it must have been Soto, who ended the first battle of his time and became something completely different. He led the league in all three diagonal patterns, the diagonal triple crown, and it wasn’t just a high average baseball weight that made everything else float. When you have a line of cut in three different skills – the ability to hit the average, run and hit the ground, and extra strength – it is virtually unmatched in any attack scene:
- Average score: second place in the major, first place in the national competition.
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Let’s update the equation: At the age of 21, Ted Williams played two full seasons and three Soto’s, including a shortened COVID-19 season. They had almost the same number of plates – 1338 for Ted, 1349 for Juan. That’s the way they are now:
Williams: .336/.439/.601, 161 OPS+, 54 HRs and 203 BB
Soto : .295/.415/.557, 151 OPS+, 69 HRs and 228 BBs
Until the age of 21 there are only four other players who have numbers at this level: Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Jimmy Fox and Mike Trout.
Milwaukee Breweries: Two-day event on Devin Williams on the 22nd. September.
Lowest ERA since 1900, at least 25 runs:
1. Earl Moore, 12 o’clock, 1908
2. Devin Williams, .33, 2020.
Lowest PIF, even minimal:
1. Craig Kimbrel, .78, 20122. Williams, .86, 2020.
The highest strike percentage is the same:
1. Williams, 53%, 2020
2. Aroldis Chapman, 52.5%, 2014.
A total of 27 laps. Can it be said that it was the greatest relief when there were only 27 rounds and only 1.2 WAR? Probably not. But is he disqualified from all superstars, all records? Can’t we agree on the most dominant repayment season ever? When does that at least fit in with all the arguments we want to make right now?
Brave Atlanta: Freddy Freeman in the 13th game of the first round of jokers.
It was the best offensive season in the history of the club – most OPS+ in the history of the club, most games per game since 1800 – and there are many moments, events and fun facts to celebrate: You’ve scored 29 points in the game! Ronald Akuna Jr. made the longest home run of the season! Marcell Ozuna led the National League in homeruns and RBI and scored 13 runs for the baseball title! Adam Duval got two out of three matches!
But the most important story is that of Freddie Freeman, probably an MVP in the National League. After a slow start he hit 0.384/.500/.720 in the last three quarters of the season and maybe for the first time I would have looked at him and felt that we could have followed his career in the Hall of Fame. He’s probably not quite on that track, with a number of WAR-30s comparable to Will Clarke, Mark Teixeira, John Olerud and Fred McGriff – but also comparable to Willie McCawy and Jim Tom (both induced) and Joey Wattoe (who has a good shot). The question is whether he has only been the best of 45 races in his excellent career or whether he is really improving.
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Rebuilders more competitive than expected.
The Baltimore Orioles: The 11th. 10th to 9th August in Philadelphia.
Regardless of the flags or the lack of them, the most spectacular race of the season was the one between Phyllis and the Orioles on the 11th. August. The lead bounces back wildly – 3-0 in one direction, then 5-3 in the other, then 6-5 in the other, then 8-6 in the other, all until the sixth set or later. A total of five points were scored in the ninth set – two out, with a charge on the base that landed when Jean Segura stumbled on the hill – and the game ended 8-8 at the end of the ninth set. And then it was really fun:
The runner starting at second base, which is 10th base, is first. When the service began, Austin Hayes’ Orioles were positioned in the center of the field. I didn’t think he had a chance to catch him when I first met him, Hayes said, but Roman Quinn, the fastest man in the Major League, was heavily loaded. Without a second runner, Quinn would probably have played him on the jump, but under a new rule that makes it possible to score a goal, Quinn has set himself up for him. His forward dive was short, the ball bounced in front of him and Quinn had to go back and use his speed to run in the opposite direction. Hayes came home with a walk-in.
The Orioles survived the lower half of the set – after the tie-barrier mileage reached the third half with just one fall – and improved to pull 9-7 with Tampa Bay. The Orioles may not win ten games, a wise expert predicted for the beginning of the season, but for the Yankee sweep in September they were almost in the pennant. Even their last lost record of 25:35 was a kind of success, certainly a surprise and good enough to beat the Red Sox.
Detroit Tigers: 12-1 winning the breweries on 1. September.
Here’s something funny: In 2019 the Tigers started the season with 16-17 and ended with 47-114, the sixth largest loss in modern times. The 2020 season of the Tigers started with 17-16, only one victory was better, but 2020 was already September and most of the season the Tigers spent as invisible rivals. They continued to play play-off episodes until the last month of the season, and if they didn’t really exceed expectations, they exceeded perception.
The 2020 group was indeed much more encouraging than the 2019 group. In 2019, the Tigers ended with an above-average strike, and he (Victor Reyes) managed to do so in just under half a season. In 2020, the Tigers scored five above-average goals, including promising 23-year-old Willie Castro, who scored .349/.381/.550 in his 36 games.
The Seattle sailors: 30. Austin-Nola trade in August.
The sailor of the club most likely to lead Seattle in the off-season is Kyle Lewis, and his home capture in the apocalyptic mist of the Pacific Coast forest fires in September is part of what I’m going to show you on Collage 2020. And it was his second best take home. It was even better.
But the best player of the Mariners this season was probably not Lewis, but Dylan Moore. At the age of 27, Moore played seven positions in Seattle in his second season in the Big League and finished 16th in the American League at OPS+. And Mariner’s best player of the season was probably not Moore, but Austin Nola, a receiver who played so well that he was traded to San Diego with two promoted players, a move that surprised almost everyone: the top 100 prospects, two young players who went straight into the game as regulars, and a 21-year-old pitcher who was effective in 2019 in the big leagues before he needed Tommy John’s operation this year.
That’s what makes Moore and Nola so remarkable: Both are signed as free agents in the Junior League until the 2019 season. Minor league free agents – players who have access to their minor league free agent at the end of their seventh season without being in the 40-man roster – hardly ever become drummers. Carson Chistulli of FanGraphs once surveyed 1,600 independent junior league agents over a three-year period and found that only 1 percent of them were worth as much as 0.5 WAR. Only two (out of 1,600!) conducted 2 WARs, a number that corresponds to the average of the full-time protagonists. Moore and Nola easily occupied 2.0 top places throughout the season. And trade with Nola could make Seattle better for years to come.
The giants of San Francisco: Alex Dickerson’s triple play on one. September.
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From 2011 to 2019 the Home Ran Giants will strike at home:
2011 : 30
2012 : 30
2013 : 29
2014 : 26
2015 : 29
2016 : 29
2017 : 30
2018 : 29
2019 : 29
Although the Giants were good – they won the World Series 2012 and 2014 – they could barely get over a fence at home, so it wasn’t always a problem. Maybe it was just a characterization.
But then it became a problem. In 2017, the Giants were unable to compensate for the big raise, and after the ball and juice came out in 2016, the rest of the league took a break. It all started to get into the minds of the giants. This year they finally went crazy: In the big home games they took seventh place. Brandon Belt, who was grounded for life by his baseball club, struck .383/.505/.741 at home.
It is not only that the Giants have changed in size to help Oracle Park play fairer. In total, the Giants finished in 12th place in the home runs. The season has, exceptionally, been full of offensive moments. Dickerson has the league record with five extra shots in the game, including three home runs. Mike Jastrzemski led the majors on the chance to win, he said. The Giants scored nine goals with OPS+ on at least 100 records, more than any other team. For the first time in a long time, the Giants have struck again. If the MLB had carried out another assignment in the off-season, it would have done so.
stars that hadstar seasons.
The Chicago Cubs: Yuri Darwish spent the night at 4. September.
A lively discussion with his pitching trainer and a few tips from Trevor Bauer helped the Cubs get back in top shape.
This is a different category from excellent individual performance – although J. Darwish, who at 2.01 ERA has the lowest FIP in the league, was certainly an excellent individual performance. The beautiful seasons in this category all rest on the shoulders of these stars, which we have collected from the expensive stars. It’s a cruel part of the game, but it’s the way the fans work: The more the star is there, the less patience the fans have. Anyway, Darwish is back in the top 10 of baseball pitchers and everything about his presence is now pleasant.
Philadelphia Phyllis: Bryce Harper’s big game on the 22nd. August.
That day, Bryce Harper hit a 4,070-foot homerun – the fourth longest in baseball this year – and ran twice in character. His diagonal after that match was .343/.478/.714. From there it fell, but for the first time since 2017 it doesn’t look like a falling star.
The New York Mets: Two-headed Yankees sweep the 28th. August.
Robinson Cano scored several goals and ended the day with an OPS of over 1,000, and at the end of the season he will still have his best gambling line since his time as Yankee in 2013. Edwin Diaz threw the perfect set to save the first game and made all three shots. It will close the year with a rate of ERA 1.75 and the third highest strike rate among the major states. If any of the players had done anything at that level in 2019, the Mets would probably have defeated the Bruers in the play-off final. Better late than never.
Unfortunately, the Mets would have completed the 15-16 days, the closest day to 0.500 after the first week of the season, but still under 0.500. But if one team has suffered the most at the beginning of the season, it’s probably the Mets, who have had one of the best injuries in the league and could easily disrupt another 62:40 in 102 games. These games will have to wait until 2021, but one of the reasons that the Mets can hope to achieve this is that Kano and Diaz are doing what was expected of them when the Mets switched them. (Each of them has a contract until 2023).
The Cardinals of St. Louis: Play-off cut on the last day of the season; no need to play double with Detroit the next day.
OPS+ by Paul Goldschmidt from 2017 to 2019 :
2017 : 142
2018 : 142
2019 : 115
The latter was his first with the cardinals, and at the age of 31 he was probably already in decline before his five-year contract was renewed. First base is a tricky position when the game slows down and approaches the middle class, so for the gold…
2020 : 142
Ahh, here we go.
The twins from Minnesota: Kent Maeda’s last launch was on the 23rd. September.
Kenta Maeda, who was bought in stores last winter, had a lot in common with Trevor Bauer this year: Both players were signed by a team that needed another top starter for the post-season, both were exceptionally good, both were Sai Yang finalists. Each of them had a good start to the season, but that was not enough to promote one of the teams. And because Bauer set a record for the number of shots allowed by the starter in nine laps, Maeda finished in second place with the lowest WHIP of all time (second after Pedro Martinez’ best season). The main difference: Bauer became a free agent, it was a turning point in Red history. Maeda is the twin sister for three more years.
Boston Red Sox: Alex Verdugo’s semi-annual match at 7. August.
The Red Sox probably have to place a full-page ad every day to apologize to their fans for swapping Mookie bets, and Betts’ incredible season – he led the Majors to the WAR, he led the Dodgers to the World Series, he made sure everything was perfect – gives this period of the Boston franchise a kind of rotten odor. Okay, but just imagine how bad it would be if Alex Verdugo failed up there. He didn’t. He was actually a very good player and perhaps the best player in Boston, which is a small favor for the Red Sox front office and a big favor for Verdugo.
The Angels of Los Angeles: Mike Trout 10. August: Four strikes, two home runs, tiebreak in the ninth.
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If you, like me, are obsessed with the power of Mike Trout’s place in baseball history, then this season is a bit of a disaster for GOAT’s trajectory. It was the first time he didn’t lead the league in a statistical category; he probably had the lowest MVP-ranking of his career; he was out of the play-offs, even with an extensive play-off schedule that seemed almost personal and aimed to get his Angels in October; and simply because 102 games were taken off the baseball calendar, he lost his march to any number of career records momentum. That is why he is no longer the best age record holder of the war [no matter how old he was that day]. By Mookie Betts, according to a clear consensus, he is no longer even the best player in the game. And yes, the numbers are a little lower. He had the lowest OPS+ ever, and… and announced the 162nd OPS+. Game season, his worst war.
But all that, and it’s still scandalously good. He does not lead in any statistical category, but he finished third at Homers, third at RBI, third at OPS+, fourth at UBP, fourth in the race. He’ll still get a lot of MVP votes, even if he plays for the losing team. Until the age of 28 he was always third in the war, at that age he had a lead over Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds in home runs. He may not be better than Mookie Betts, but maybe he is. His grades are slightly lower and his OPS+ is still higher than in any other season of David Ortiz’ career, with one exception. He’s always alone, and he’s still too good to be appreciated.
The Toronto Blue Jace: Turn on after season 25. SeptemberCincinnati Reds: Squeeze Playoff Field 26.
September Miami Marlins: Play-off spot at 26. September.
Each team starts the year with a single attempt to win the first race, and from there the team’s standards of success are divided into stages:
- So I’m not the last.
- Ready at over 500.
- Stay tuned; play the games that count in the last week of the season.
- Winning a play-off match
- Winning a playoff series
- Make the world series.
- Winning the World Series
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Each new level brings a different reward, and not reaching each level brings a different pain, but the distance between levels is not the same. A jump from level 3 to level 4 is probably the second biggest jump of joy; a fall from level 4 to level 3 is probably the biggest jump of pain. Just like winning the World Series, it’s the only step that can completely redefine not just one season, but a whole series of seasons. The drought of the qualifications, which lasted even a few years, can become the personality of the whole team. Managers are fired for that.
It is quite possible that none of these three teams would have been able to participate in the regular season playoffs or even the regular season playoffs if there hadn’t been a normal play-off format. If each league had had five typical spots, the Blue Jays wouldn’t have made it and the Marlins and Reds would have signed with the Cardinals in last place. Maybe it’s a little important, but I don’t think it’s important. The Blue Jays made their first post-season since 2016, a modest drought; the Reds made their first post-season since 2013, which is actually the last time they finished above fourth place; the Marlins made their first post-season since 2003.
None of these teams went too far – although the Marlins did manage to beat the Cubs out of the race in the wild round – but the performances after the season did their job. When you browse through the pages of the franchises looking for large white areas where play droughts occur, these seasons are cut off from the white areas. They will serve as a fence and keep these white rooms in the small courtyards of yesteryear.
Success of the Solyanka
Athletics in Auckland: Opening day… A’s 7, Angels 3 (10 rounds)
I still can’t accept this fact: Thanks to the intra-regional calendar, A only played six games against teams of 500 players or more. Of course the deadline is tight, but it’s still 90% of their matches against losers. Since 1998, when the MLB was expanded to 30 teams, only one team has even met three quarters of the losing teams, and no team has exceeded 80%. So, if the A’s never played well, are we at least sure they were good?
For example, they treated teams under the age of 500 compared to other large teams against teams under the age of 500:
Score in the game: 4.70, 22nd best place.
Races are allowed for each match: 3.70, seventh best score.
Percentage of profit: 0.630, eighth place.
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There are some mixed messages, but if we compare the A’s with the rest of the leagues and compare some of them with the quality of the competition they’ve been through, then yes, the A’s still look pretty good. They weren’t accidental opponents. It probably wasn’t the fifth best baseball team you’d expect, but it was – and probably still is – a legitimate candidate for the off-season.
They had a big trick, too: You’ve never lost an extra game. They won the first race under the new rules with Matt Olson’s big helmet in their pocket – an early sign that the rider’s position in second place will not only lead to boring conclusions about the casualties, but also to losses. They won all six extra long races, including a 13-day marathon against Houston. (That victory would have ultimately set Houston a losing record for the season, so Auckland had to face so many teams with winning records).
Pirates of Pittsburgh: Ke ‘Bryan Hayes’ 5 to 5. September 26th.
We have been following an interesting trend for several years now: The young playmakers arrived earlier, touched better and reached their peak faster than ever before. That’s not what happened this year. Only 95 percent of the players are under 25 years of age, because in the league as a whole it is the worst youth league since 2003. And the position of the players with the good beginner was particularly bad: After averaging 50 collective WARS for the season over the past four years, newcomers produced only 5.8 WARS in 2020. In fact, even the degree of adaptation to the shortened season is significantly reduced, with the newcomers’ TAT for each panel being less than 40% of the normal value. The newcomers were terrible! Add to that the absence of matches in the youth league and the usual means of restoring the well-being of the team – some promising openings, many jumps in the youth leagues are closed.
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There have been several successes. Kyle Lewis was a big hit in Seattle. Some parts of Louis Robert’s season and some parts of his game were incredibly successful in Chicago. At the pitching, Ian Anderson in Atlanta, Triston Mackenzie in Cleveland and Sixto Sanchez in Miami equaled the excitement and the finish.
At the top of all the promises was Ke’Brian Hayes. No successful flyer made his debut with the same combination of hype (Hayes, son of former Major League player Charlie Hayes, was recruited in the first round and was in the top 50 of flyers) and immediate success. In only 95 record appearances he led all newcomers to KRIEG, and among all newcomers with at least 75 record appearances he was second in OPS+. Even his debut was remarkable – his six bases made him the 22nd most productive championship of all time. This year there were only four rackets that had a 5-5 set and Hayes was one of them.
Arizona Diamondbacks: 4-0 victory on the 25th. September, with Zack Gallen – 10 points in the quarry.
San Francisco has an Examiner title from 1961 that I think about a lot:
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The order of the articles, especially eh aber, changes so much in the sentence. Losing giants… But Sharp would still have taken a very different tone, more encouraging than scandalous. (Don’t even start with an exclamation point that takes this thing from desperation to cruelty) Diamond revenues have been lost this year. But if we could say that the 25-35 Club is still in vogue, we could say the same about Arizona. They have led great masters in the field of production. They took the fifth biggest extra base as baseball players and made it their third base. They beat the runners well at the base and run a higher percentage of their bass than all but six other teams. They took third place with less than two retirements, better than the other 20 teams. Their protection was no worse than average. They lost only one game after the seventh inning. You’ve lost. They took it up with a 2-18 point and ended up in last place. But that’s only because their three top managers, who started the season, received a total PLAR of 6.85. It’s still warm!
Texas Rangers: Announcement of the winners of the Golden Glove contest on the 3rd. November.
The ominous reaction of R.D. Anderson of CBS Sports is that the Rangers have taken the home advantage in the World Series. But during the season, when almost all snowshoes were worse than expected, there was some reconciliation on the field. Joey Gallo (right) and Issia Kiner-Falefa (third base) won the Golden Gloves, while rookie Leody Taveras did well in midfield. For Gallo and Kiner-Falefa the equipment is indeed an excellent advertisement, because Gallo is often wrongly called one-dimensional and Kiner-Falefa, perhaps the most anonymous winner of the Golden Glove since … Darwin Barney? Or one day?
Kansas City Royals: Trevor Rosenthal’s four dominants, except the eighth. August.
It takes three things to make a trend, so someone had to write the piece: This year’s top three baseball players are pitchers who recently faced such serious control problems that they were able to end their careers – and in two cases, apparently, they did:
- Daniel Bard, who previously worked for the Red Sox, has not played for large teams in seven years, after having worked hard in 2013 and 2014, where he ended bitterly in 16 sets at different levels 45 times. For the Rocky Mountains he saved six races this year, got 3.65 ERA and left with only eight battles in 25 sets.
- Tyler Matzek – former winner of the first round of the Rockies and Top 50 Avenue – left the ball after 2016 when he surpassed 33 top players in 27 sets in doubles and high-A in 27 sets. He returned to the independent league and dominated this year’s big league with Atlanta after only 10 minutes, scoring 2.79 points in 29 innings.
- And Trevor Rosenthal was sent by the Nationals in 2019 after playing 15 games in six sets, including a nightmare period in which the first 10 people he met at the start of the season all returned safely to base.
The latter has interested the Royals and in Kansas City Rosenthal, who signed a contract with the Junior League before the start of the season, has again become one of the top rivals of the league this year. He had the sixth best strikeout (at least 20 innings), the 17th best FIP and the seventh best save. He finished the life-saving matches for the Padres and in exchange for Royal he won a potential regular Major League champion (Edward Olivares).
Rocky Mountains of Colorado: Daniel Bard’s first performance was when he hit 20 hits in 25 pitches.
As stated in Royal’s comments. The difference between Royal Rosenthal and Rockie Bard is that by the age of 35, Bard will still be two years away from an independent agency and by that time he will probably feel good and set the tone for Rockie.
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Chicago White Sox: Lucas Diolito is this year’s best pitcher of all
San Diego Padres: Fernando Tatis and Manny Machado are back to complete their quadruple comeback in the Wild Card series.
We tell each other stories to sell subscriptions during low season. The history of the team that underwent a general overhaul only shows that the loss is just an illusion of incompetence, we are not incompetent, we are cautious. The price comes later, inevitably, and makes it all a loss. That’s the story.
Before the start of the season we saw a drop in revenue from the recent renovations, perhaps because too many teams were fighting each other to be the most inefficient. This has increased the chance that the White Sox and the Padres will force their fans year after year to try for a reason.
It was clearly not for nothing. The White Sox and the Padres were the most exciting team in baseball this year, and I think they were the two teams most accepted by baseball fans outside their cities. It doesn’t look like they’ve finished their stories – there are still a few World Series to win – but at least they’ve solved most of the tensions.
Houston Astros: Carlos Correa left ALCS 5 and forced the sixth (and then seventh) race of the Houston series, which was triggered by three lightning bolts.
Just before Carlos Correa’s home run, Dusty Baker’s manager prayed: He prayed to his father, Johnny Sr., who died in 2009. He prayed to his brother Victor, who died in March. He prayed for half a dozen Baseball Room Famers who died this year, writes Stephanie Upstein in Sports Illustrated. Please let us out of here, he begged us. Because we’re in bad shape, and the robberies are in great shape. Nothing says repentance can be compared to deception in prayer, the denial of self-reliance, and a call to a loving Higher Power.
If the cover of your team is written in a few decades or so… can be held responsible. Sam Miller
Considering how the season started for Astros – by revealing the theft of their shield in 2017, firing their manager and CEO – it may be the best thing that can really end this season for them that they are now in the middle of the season. Astros couldn’t win the World Series this year. Nobody else would want it and benefit from it, and if you get something that nobody else wants, you risk a real setback. I think we can make some laws and throw them in jail if they win the World Series, or even if they go.
And so they got the best they had left to do: They did it at a World Series game. They came close enough to let us know that even in a year in which they had to set a record of regular season losses, they were still good enough to beat any team in the league. In fact, they proved they weren’t really a 500-strong team by finishing in 37:36. They proved that their attack didn’t need a garbage can to defeat (only the Yankees and Dodgers outsmarted them in low season, and hardly ever), and they proved that they weren’t washed out (Jose Altuv reached .375/.500/.729 in low season).
The fact that they lost the regular season record, the fact that there was no apparent complacency this year and finally the fact that they were defeated by the Rays humiliated them. But they also proved that most people knew, but didn’t care about us: Thugs, perhaps, but also very good.
Flight to Tampa Bay: Mike Brosso’s home run to ALDS victory.
Thirteen years ago, Jalousie emerged as a reliable franchise and joined the World Series, where Phyllis lost. In the 12 years since then, only four teams have won more regular season games than they have won. They’ve won more than the Giants and more than the Cubs than Cleveland or Atlanta.
But in East LA they are behind the Red Sox and the Yankees, and the bar set by these two teams not only guarantees a tough race every year, but often means almost impossible. From 2009 to 2019, Flight – don’t forget one of the five most successful franchises in baseball! — won only one divisional title (2010) and averaged 12 games from the first. In this section they went to the playoffs four times, but the Red Sox or the Yankees went further than the four times. Departments can do more with a small budget than any other team can (or should) do, but a small budget can only have one limit: Fifth best baseball team, but never higher, never higher.
Turns out it was a mistake. The Jets had the best record in this year’s U.S. league, beating the Yankees in the post-season (with arguably the most memorable home run in the next decade’s non-world series) and even pushed the mighty Dodgers to six games.
I found a quick and dirty way to judge World Series losers with a combination of three things: What was the balance of the team in the regular season, what was the balance of the opponent in the World Series and how did they play in the World Series (won games, differences started, OPS and OPS allowed). According to this formula, the best rays reach 20th place. Put yourself among the top losers of the World Series. Is that… something? Should we be proud of that? I’m not sure, but the Yankees haven’t even participated in the World Series since 2009, so at the moment we can say that the Yankees have a better chance of success.
The Los Angeles Dodgers: World Series finals
Those levels of team success we mentioned earlier? There’s a ninth level we rarely have to go through:
1. Don’t finish the last2. Ends at over .500
3. Stay tuned; play the games that are relevant in the last week of season
4 Make the play-offs
5. 5. Win the play-off game
playoffs win 7. Do World Series8. Winning the World Series9. To be recognized as one of the largest teams in history.
The annoying thing about the latter is that it’s subjective. And don’t miss step 8 to get there. The Dodgers from 2017 to 2019 were already one of the biggest teams in history, but this eighth unrealised stage blocked their access. Now that they’re here, they may have to come up with their own level 10 team success to surpass it.