Sunday, chock-full of content
The Times ran their huge pre-season preview, “the Future is Now” (rejected tagline: “Now, more than ever”)
– Putting the pieces together. The problem? “there was little character or chemistry or whatever it is that makes a team meld.” Yup.
– M’s are watching Felix closely. Also, in case you were worried, they also run a list of “Can’t-misses who did”
– Johjima’s doing fine
Projected standings ahoy!
Diamond Mind Baseball ran their load o’ simulated seasons, and presented for you the results.
Mariners went 80-82, won the division 4% of the time and the wild card 5% of the time. They beat the Angels, who fall to last place. It likes Minnesota in the AL Central, too, and Cleveland comes in second.
Clay Davenport used a much different methodology in an article at Prospectus (subscription), and the Mariners on average were a 77-85 taem, but they made the playoffs 15% of the time. This follows an earlier PECOTA-based article by Nate Silver, which put them at 77-85 as well.