Welcome to the 2017 Season on MLB Sweet Spot! Opening Day is less than 2 weeks away, which means it is time to follow up my Bold Predictions from earlier in the off-season with a more statistical and factual based look at some names around the majors and how they stack up in 2017. As such, I have provided some of my sleepers and busts for this year. As always, feel free to comment with any thoughts, good or bad. That way, at the end of the season when I am correct (or incorrect), I (or you) can look back at this and taunt you (or me). Just a few notes before we begin:
Sometimes in life, you do not feel that you have been dealt a fair hand. No matter who you are, no matter how much you realize that your situation isn’t all that bad, you cannot help but feel sorry for yourself. There are people starving, people suffering, and people dying all over the place. Human nature is selfish; even when there are people out there worse off than we are, we often times fail to see beyond ourselves. It is selfish, but it is natural and it happens to the best of us. What do you find yourself complaining about?
The title explains this article pretty well, but let me make a few things clear before jumping into the predictions. 1) A prediction, per Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “to declare or indicate in advance.” 2) Bold, again via Merriam Webster, is to be “fearless before danger.” 3) Incredibly means “too extraordinary and improbable to be believed,” again from Merriam Webster. Putting those three definitions together explains that the following 30 statements are predictions being made in advance that are too bold, or fearless, to be believed. In simpler terms, none of the following are expectations so much as dart’s being thrown at a dart board. Should any of them turn out to come true, I will be very, very pleased.
Arizona Diamondbacks – Taijuan Walker is Arizona’s starter in Game 1 of the NLCS. That’s right, I said the NLCS.
Last week, SportsNet ran a piece summarizing the teams that exceeded the 2016 MLB Luxury Tax threshold. The list includes six organizations, three from the American League: the Yankees, Red Sox, and Tigers; and three from the National League: the Dodgers, Giants, and Cubs. As is the case with most luxury tax offenders, each of these teams has at least one ill-advised contract on their books, and some teams have multiple. As a result, I thought I would have a little fun and create a 2016 All-Luxury Tax Team; a team of the most expensive players who provided the least value to their ball clubs in 2016. First though, lets give some background on who our big-spenders were this year (as well as some fun nicknames!).
LOS ANGELES DODGERS aka “The Yankees of the West”
- Tax Amount: $31.8 million (4th Consecutive offense)
Last Friday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals finalized a 5-year, $82.5 million with former Cubs center-fielder Dexter Fowler. As has been explained in the media, the Fowler addition was meant to add more athleticism both on defense and atop the Cardinals’ lineup. At face value, this seems to make sense; Fowler’s skills are indicative of a lead-off hitting center fielder. In theory, inserting Fowler in center in place of incumbent Randal Grichuk should improve the outfield defense. In researching this theory; however, I have found that the ‘Fowler Effect’, while certainly providing plus-value, is not as straightforward as it may seem.
MLB Sweet Spot is back! After a long hiatus that has spanned from the middle of September until now, I will be slowly providing content once again, just in time for the Hot Stove season. A lot has happened since I was gone, ranging from the Cubs’ all-too-predictable World Series victory, to the not-so-predictable results of the presidential election. Baseball activity will be picking back up now that free agency is open, so it is only appropriate that I provide my thoughts and analysis, whether you, the reader, likes it or not! Many of my articles in the coming months will be featured at Off The Bench Baseball, whom I was writing for previously. In addition, I will do my best to provide some original content for MLB Sweet Spot too. To kick-off the my grand return, I thought I would re-blog an article that was written by Johnnie Teng over at Baseball More Than Just A Game. This article focuses in on a few one-dimensional MLB players who still have managed to add value to their major league ballclubs. I beleive that it also does a nice job of explaining the 5 tools of baseball to for those casual fans who may not be as scouting-oriented. Stay tuned for more, and enjoy!
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Below are the final round of Dynamic Power Rankings for the 2016 regular season, as playoffs begin in early-October. Once the post-season teams are finalized, expect to see additional rankings consisting of just those 10 teams.
For information on how these rankings are compiled, please refer to my post from June, 2016, which can be accessed above.