April 23, 2014

Who Are These Guys?

Of the 17 players used by Texas against the A's on Tuesday, ten weren't on the 40-man roster at the end of the 2013 season, and five of those ten were added within the last 30 days. For reference, the 2013 season ended 204 days ago.

Player
Days on 40
Poreda 4
Kouzmanoff 13
Martinez 17
Wilson 23
Murphy 27
Figueroa 83
Choice 140
Fielder 153
Sardinas 153
Tolleson 153
Rios 256
Chirinos 379
Soria 504
Martin 1084
Moreland 1363
Andrus 1843
Ogando 2710

Player
Days since first 25-man appearance
Sardinas 3
Poreda 4
Kouzmanoff 13
Martinez 17
Choice 22
Fielder 22
Murphy 22
Wilson 22
Tolleson 22
Figueroa 22
Rios 256
Soria 289
Chirinos 349
Martin 963
Moreland 1363
Ogando 1410
Andrus 1842

Posted by Lucas at 12:49 AM

March 29, 2014

A Bold DMN Prediction

The Dallas Morning News staff have offered their predictions on the upcoming season.

One prediction is "Wins needed to win AL West." I read this as the minimum number of wins; that is, if "wins needed" is 90, some other team in the division has finished with 89. If that's not the case, the prediction should have been titled "Wins by division winner."

Rick Gosellin selected 97 wins (and Oakland as West champion). He also didn't select any AL West teams as wild cards.

Thus, the math dictates:

1) Some AL West team other than Oakland will win 96 games and NOT be a wild card.

2) Both wild cards (from outside the West) MUST have more than 96 wins (barring ties), because they have to exceed the AL West's tough-luck 96-game winner.

3) At least one division winner from the Central or East, perhaps both, MUST have more than 97 wins (specifically, more than whatever the wild card teams have).

An example, using Gosslin's other predictions:

AL West:
Oakland 97-65 (div),
Texas 96-66 (nothing)

AL Central
Detroit 90-72 (div)

AL East:
New York 98-64 (div),
Tampa Bay 97-65 (wc),
Boston 97-65 (wc)

So, Gosselin is predicting (unintentionally, I assume) that no fewer than five AL teams will win at least 96 games. That's a bold prediction.

Posted by Lucas at 12:11 PM