Team Previews & Analysis

2014 Phillies pitching: Youth versus experience

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The 2014 Phillies are the oldest team in the majors, but that hasn't been slowing them down so far. While the bullpen has been solid for the most part, it's the younger starters condemning the team...

An Australian hangover for Dodgers, D-backs

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After a drubbing in Sydney, the Diamondbacks started the season in a 5-19 skid. But if you take out their games against the D-backs, the Dodgers were 8-11 on April 30.

The Miami Marlins' young guns look dangerous

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Miami is a lot better than expected this season, and it's their young players that are doing the job.

The Marlins are at a crossroads

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Miami is facing a tough decision: make a run for the playoffs or sit back and build for the future. Which path will they choose?

The Oakland A's have created a monster

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Oakland is famous for its platoons and there is one in particular that is making a lot of noise.

The Indians are disappointing at the moment

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Despite the fact that the Indians have added and/or locked up several players over the last three offseasons, the team is toiling in last place in the AL Central. Is it time to give up hope?

No Mo, no problem

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The New York Yankees bullpen has been excellent in its first year post Mariano Rivera. Here's a closer look at their success.

The Angels are here to stay

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After back-to-back seasons of bad luck, injuries, and underperformance, the Angels are finally looking like a team that befits their talent and payroll.

The Tigers are stealing way more bases, so what?

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Much has been made of the Detroit Tigers emphasis on stealing bases. Already this year they have swiped more bags than last season. How much of an impact does the increased focus on baserunning have?

The Pirates' reversal of fortune is not regression

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The happy story of 2013, the Pirates, are not having a happy time in 2014. Here's why.

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On the Marlins Not Terrible Start

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The Marlins have not been an awful team so far. How have they gotten it done?

Winning with silent bats

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The Mets are off to a surprisingly good start in the standings. It isn't because of their bats.

Which hot and cold starts are for real?

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Bryan Cole uses Rany Jazayerli's method to regress early-season results and find which hot and cold starts are most believable.

Translating early-season records to playoff odds

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How many games do teams need to play before reasonably accurate predictions of making the playoffs can be made? Probably fewer than you think.

2014 Team Previews: St. Louis Cardinals

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The St. Louis Cardinals suffered a bitter defeat in the 2013 World Series, but that hasn't stopped them from building a contender in 2014. Can the Cardinals match expectations?

Our staff tries to predict baseball

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Seventeen BtBS writers picked all six division races, all ten playoff teams, and the World Series champions.

2014 Team Previews: Cleveland Indians

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After letting Sabathia and Lee slip away, the Indians appear revamped and recovered. In 2013, the Tribe saw their first postseason berth since 2007, will they make it two in a row?

2014 Team Preview: Chicago Cubs

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Things are looking up for the Cubs, but this won't be their year.

2014 Team Previews: Chicago White Sox

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2013 wasn't a banner year for the South Siders, and 2014 won't be, either; however, several shrewd moves by new GM Rick Hahn have given hope for a once-dismal future.

2014 Team Previews: Detroit Tigers

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The Tigers are still the best bet in the AL Central, but divisions titles alone won't cut it in Motown.

The Twins' future is bright, but what about now?

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The Twins are building for the future, but that doesn't mean there are some interesting goings-on for the major league club in 2014. What should we watch for?

2014 Team Previews: Kansas City Royals

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The Royals made a big gamble prior to the 2013 season. They didn't play postseason baseball, but they may have set themselves up for another run in 2014.

Cincinnati Reds Team Preview

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An analysis of the Reds 2013 season, the moves they made during the offseason, and what we can expect from them in 2014.

2014 Team Previews: Milwaukee Brewers

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Scott Lindholm's preview of the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers

2014 Team Previews: Pittsburgh Pirates

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How will the Pirates follow-up on their best season since 1992?

2014 Team Previews: Tampa Bay Rays

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The Rays needed to win three games in three different cities across four days to make the playoffs last year. Will their road to the 2014 postseason be any easier?

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