Monday, October 04, 2010

Revisiting the Standings Predictions

Back on April 5th of this year I attempted to predict the standings for each division along with the teams' individual records. Now that the regular season came to an end yesterday, lets check out how I did...

*My predictions in parentheses, actual standings/record listed first.

AL East:
1. Tampa Bay Rays 96-66 (2nd, 93-69)
2. New York Yankees 95-67 (1st, 95-67)
3. Boston Red Sox 89-73 (3rd, 89-73)
4. Toronto Blue Jays 85-77 (5th, 69-93)
5. Baltimore Orioles 66-96 (4th, 71-91)

AL Central:
1. Minnesota Twins 94-68 (2nd, 86-76)
2. Chicago White Sox 88-74 (1st, 87-75)
3. Detroit Tigers 81-81 (3rd, 84-78)
4. Cleveland Indians 69-93 (4th, 73-89)
5. Kansas City Royals 67-95 (5th, 65-97)

AL West:
1. Texas Rangers 90-72 (3rd, 83-79)
2. Oakland Athletics 81-81 (4th, 76-86)
3. Los Angeles Angels 80-82 (2nd, 89-73)
4. Seattle Mariners 61-101 (1st, 91-71)

NL East:
1. Philadelphia Phillies 97-65 (1st, 98-64)
2. Atlanta Braves 91-71 (2nd, 93-69)
3. Florida Marlins 80-82 (3rd, 82-80)
4. New York Mets 79-83 (4th, 77-85)
5. Washington Nationals 69-93 (5th, 72-90)

NL Central:
1. Cincinnati Reds 91-71 (4th, 80-82)
2. St. Louis Cardinals 86-76 (1st, 88-74)
3. Milwaukee Brewers 77-85 (3rd, 85-77)
4. Houston Astros 76-86 (5th, 70-92)
5. Chicago Cubs 75-87 (2nd, 85-77)
6. Pittsburgh Pirates 57-105 (6th, 55-107)

NL West:
1. San Francisco Giants 92-70 (3rd, 86-76)
2. San Diego Padres 90-72 (5th, 71-91)
3. Colorado Rockies 83-79 (1st, 94-68)
4. Los Angeles Dodgers 80-82 (2nd, 87-75)
5. Arizona Diamondbacks 65-97 (4th, 79-83)

Verdict:
I didn't make too many glaring mistakes except for underestimating the Reds, Blue Jays, and Padres, while overvaluing the Mariners, Angels, Rockies, DBacks, and Cubs. I was only 10 games off total for the entire NL East...impressive. I also predicted Roy Halladay and Felix Hernandez for Cy Young and Austin Jackson for Rookie of the Year, and I'm looking safe with those picks.

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