Team Previews & Analysis

Teams affected by negative-WAR position players

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Some teams have given away more than five wins so far this season with below-replacement players, like the Rangers, D-backs and Phillies; some have really limited that damage, like the Athletics,...

Tracking Playoff Odds Across the Season

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Playoff odds projections are a great tool for assessing a team's chances of making the playoffs. Here we look at how they have fluctuated across the season.

Is Boston a bounce back candidate for 2015?

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After winning the World Series in 2013 the Boston Red Sox find themselves in an all-too-familiar spot: last place in the AL East and among the worst clubs in baseball. Is another historic rebound...

Inside Edge and the Orioles' outfielders

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Why has the Orioles outfield been so much better than last year on balls in play?

Bullpen bright spots in Philadelphia

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The Phillies haven't had much go well for them this season, but two bullpen arms might be saving their future.

The inverse stories of the Pirates and Braves

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The Pirates and Braves are in very similar positions in the standings, but their routes to get there were quite different.

Mile-high disappointment

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The Rockies have been terrible in 2014 despite some hope coming into the season. What the hell went wrong?

The Boston Red Sox got slow in a hurry

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The Red Sox were one of the best teams on the bases in 2013. This year, not so much.

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.

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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.

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.

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