AL Central Prediction: Pitches
Pitches, as in those things people on Mad Men do professionally, or a screenwriter does to an agent, or whatever. Pithy bromides about why I picked my picks the way I picked them.
What follows are just summaries of my reading (see the blogroll), looking at depth charts (click on the team names in bold below to look at how kick-ass the Baseball Prospectus website is) and some video about the American League’s Central Division.
1. Detroit Tigers. Let’s just say that if they are anywhere near as good as they look on paper, even if they are sevens wins less good in real life, they will easily win this division. Best (known) offense and best rotation should trump a possibly shaky back end of bullpen.
2. Kansas City. Let’s just say their offseason moves demonstrated faith in their young position players. They turned over most of the rotation while adding no new bats, instead trading a prospect to land a pitcher.
3. Cleveland. Let’s just say they risk becoming a vastly entertaining close-to-.500, a few games, somewhere between 77 and 84 wins, with an improved offense. Outfield defense also improved, but their starting pitching may be interesting (Brett Myers and Scott Kazmir?) Lot’s of slugfests will ensue. Wildly entertaining.
4. Chicago White Sox. Let’s just say we don’t have much to say since very little news came out of the South Side over the winter. The impression depth chart study made inclines towards regarding their lineup as having poor on-base skills and their pitching as being workmanlike. Fodder.
5. Minnesota Twins. Let’s just say Twins fans should prepare themselves for the anxiety, and perhaps even terror, they will feel if the Astros turn out to not be as bad as everyone thinks. Replacement-level rubber is going to meet a fanbase road in either Houston or Minneapolis in 2013. While “better,” the Twins’ rotation is…not even interesting; it’s just terrible. Good outfielders lurk in the minor league system. Things will improve, but it will be 2015 when they really start to do so.