Daily Archives: April 3, 2016

These 2 MLB Teams Could Surprise Everyone In 2016

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Matt Musico (Featured BBBA Writer/Owner – chinmusicbaseball.com) 

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Major League Baseball has technically been back for nearly two months now, but the fun is finally about to start.

As teams wrap up their respective Grapefruit and Cactus League schedules, we’re literally on the precipice of Opening Day. With the final week of Spring Training games taking place, many baseball analysts made their yearly predictions on who they think will make the playoffs and eventually capture World Series glory.

We all know these predictions really mean nothing, but it’s an entertaining way to spark debate as everyone waits anxiously for games to start counting again. After listening and reading countless predictions, there seems to be something missing.

In 2015, we witnessed a handful of teams that came out of nowhere to qualify for the postseason. The process of rebuilding ended a year earlier than expected for teams like the Houston Astros, New York Mets and Chicago Cubs, while nobody picked the Texas Rangers to win the American League West. If you did and don’t claim to be a Rangers fan, you’re probably lying.

Keeping with this theme, here are two teams currently flying under the radar who have the potential to surprise everyone by the time September rolls around.

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2016 MLB Reports Staff MLB Predictions

Despite having a top heavy league - where I have predicted 7 teams will 90 games or more, the National League also has 6 clubs that will challenge 100 losses with Cincinnati, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, San Diego and Colorado all tanking it this year - and possibly providing all the talent for the Trade Deadline in July. The last two months of the year for these teams could be brutal record wise.

Despite having a top heavy league – where I have predicted 7 teams will 90 games or more, the National League also has 6 clubs that will challenge 100 losses with Cincinnati, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, San Diego and Colorado all tanking it this year – and possibly providing all the talent for the Trade Deadline in July. The last two months of the year for these teams could be brutal record wise.

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One could argue that the top 6 teams (NYM/CHC/SF/WSH/STL/PIT) in all of the Majors reside in the NL right now, and you then you can counter that by saying they have the 6 worst squads as well (PHI/ATL/MIL/CIN/SD/COL).

The funny thing about this whole ordeal is that the AL is absolutely going to cream the NL in Interleague this forthcoming season.  On a 12 year win streak already,  I am predicting a 178 – 122 W – L for the games between both leagues. The AL speedbags the National League in my view.

Last year, the American League held a 167 – 133 mark over the National League so that prediction up there is not foreign by any means.
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A Whole New Season Of WOB (Who Owns Baseball) Begins Tonight.

WOB equals "WHO OWNED BASEBALL" Yesterday #WOB

WOB equals “WHO OWNED BASEBALL” Yesterday #WOB

A whole new season of WOB (Who Owns Baseball) begins tonight.

As with the three previous seasons, I will select the best AL and NL pitcher and hitter on a winning team and award them with a WOB.

As I adjusted 2 years ago, the top performance on a losing team will be awarded a 1/2 WOB at my discretion.

The results will be tabulated here at MLB Reports and the 4 highest totals will win the title of “Owning Baseball.”

Last year Joey Votto, Clayton Kershaw, Dallas Keuchel and Mike Trout were the winners. Kind of hard to argue with those results.

Sometimes the results are purely statistical. Other times the WOB will be awarded with some context attached. A 2 hit game off of an elite pitcher is more impressive than a 3 hit game off of a below average pitcher.

I get the sole vote, but if you have any ideas of who should Own Baseball for the day, send it out to either my Twitter feed (@SullyBaseball) or use the hashtag #WOB .

And as always, if you do not like my methodology, please feel free to do your own stat for 162 games.

Let’s get the season started and see who owns baseball for 2016!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 3, 2016

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I give my official picks for the 2016 season on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast
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