MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

MB Show Special: Major League Baseball Facts, Player Watch & 2019 Predictions

MB Show Daily

March 28th, 2019

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MLB FACTS

The New York Yankees have gone six seasons since their last AL East title in 2012, although they are coming off their first 100-win season since 2009. The Baltimore Orioles have won a division title more recently than the Yankees.

The Milwaukee Brewers are coming off their first division title and playoff appearance since 2011, while the St. Louis Cardinals are coming off a third straight playoff-less season, the first time that has happened since 1999.

The Atlanta Braves won the NL East last year by going 28 games over .500 within the division, including 12-7 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The worst outfield spot in the National League, according to PECOTA, is the SF Giants’ right field. At 0.2 projected wins above replacement, it’s nearly a win worse than the second-worst outfield spot in the National League, which is … the Giants’ left field.

Hyun-Jin Ryu will start opening against the Diamondbacks, in 2018 was post a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts. Why? Because Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill  are both begin the season on the injured list.

Justin Verlander and Blake Snell last year’s 1-2 finishers in the American League Cy Young voting. Both will start opening day for the Astros and Rays.

Oliver Perez had 33 outings last year of two or fewer batters the most in the AL and had his most successful season in over a decade. He had a 1.39 ERA and struck out 43 batters against only four unintentional walks for the Cleveland Indians.

Eric Hosmer was the only qualifying hitter in baseball with a negative average launch angle, sinking from 3.8 degrees in 2017 (and 5.5 degrees in 2015) to minus-1.2 degrees in 2018.

Boston Red Sox did little to upgrade the bullpen this offseason letting Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly leave. The Red Sox didn’t use any lefty reliever in a specialist role last year, and they consequently finished last in baseball in batters faced with the platoon advantage.

The Cincinnati Reds were active in the offseason, trading for Sonny GrayTanner RoarkAlex Wood, Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.

Last season the Minnesota Twins base runners scored from second on singles more than any other team, and from first on doubles more than all but one team.

After trading J.T. Realmuto, the Marlins have now traded 23 of their all-time top 25 players by WAR.

PLAYER WATCH

AL 

Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton,  Aaron Judge,  Vladimir Guerrero Jr.,  Shohei Ohtani,  Matt Chapman, Francisco Lindor,  Mookie Betts,

Chris SaleMarcus Stroman,  Casey Mize, Corey KluberTrevor Bauer,  Justin Verlander, Blake Snell, Mike Clevinger, Craig Kimbrel, Joe Kelly, 

NL

Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Alex Bregman, Joey VottoPaul Goldschmidt, Christian Yelich, Nolan Arenado ,  J.T. Realmuto, Ronald Acuna Jr., A.J. Pollock,  Yasiel Puig, Kris Bryant,  Buster Posey,

Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom,  Stephen Strasburg, Mike Foltynewicz, Aaron Nola, Clayton Kershaw,  Patrick Corbin,  Zack Greinke, Madison Bumgarner

2019 MLB PREDICTIONS

AL East

  1. NY Yankees
  2. Boston Red Sox
  3. Tampa Bay Rays
  4. Toronto Blue Jays
  5. Baltimore Orioles

AL Central

  1. Cleveland Indians
  2. Detroit Tiger
  3. Minnesota Twins
  4. Chicago White Sox
  5. Kansas City Royals

AL West

  1. Houston Astros
  2. Seattle Mariners
  3. LA Angels
  4. Oakland A’s
  5. Texas Rangers

NL East

  1. Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Atlanta Braves
  3. Washington Nationals
  4. NY Mets
  5. Miami Marlins

NL Central

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. Milwaukee Brewers
  3. Cincinnati Reds
  4. St; Louis Cardinals
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West

  1. LA Dodgers
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks
  3. Colorado Rockies
  4. San Diego Padres
  5. SF Giants

AL Playoffs

Houston vs. Cleveland

NY Yankees vs Boston Red Sox

Houston vs. NY Yankees

NL Playoffs

Atlanta Braves vs. LA Dodgers

Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies

World Series

Philadelphia Phillies vs Houston Astros

Champions

Houston Astros

 

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