2013 MLB Predictions Down the Tube – BaseballTuesday, May 21, 2013 21:15
MLB Topsy Turvy
Not exactly how the season was supposed to play out. Then again, it almost never does.
A month and a half into the 2013 Major League Baseball season, few teams stand where they were predicted to be at year’s end. Checkout available MLB futures odds to see just how things line up as of right now. Heck, some MLB squads could not be playing more completely opposite to their predictions, with even entire divisions–the AL East, anyone?–flipped top to bottom.
Of course, it is only the middle of May, four and a half months to go for those struggling to turn their fortunes around and those playing surprisingly well to collapse.
Still, most teams that find themselves a staggering 10.5 games out of first place less than two months into the season–such as the Los Angeles Angels–don’t usually recover enough to claim their divisional crown, let alone a pennant.
Just some of the current standings blowing up the so-called pundits:
- The entire AL East: For the first time in years, both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees were predicted to finish at the bottom of the division. But at this moment in time, the AL East runs, top to bottom: Yankees, Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blu Jays…a complete flip of what many pundits laid out for the division.
- Los Angeles Angels: 10.5 games out of first place as of the end of May 21. Not encouraging for a team many supposed would reclaim dominance from the Texas Rangers after poaching Josh Hamilton amongst other off-season moves. As for those Rangers…once again sitting pretty atop the AL West with the best record in the American League.
- Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers went on a spending spree last year and over the offseason unlike anything MLB has ever seen–and that’s including the New York Yankees’ extreme payrolls, which at least were built up over time. Indeed, the Dodgers’ payroll is scheduled to exceed that of the Bronx Bombers next year. But right now the Dodgers are cellar-dwelling in the NL West, tied for the third worst record in the league.
- Washington Nationals: While not as disappointing as either the Angels or Dodgers, the team many considered the class of all of Major League Baseball is hovering around the .500 mark in second place in the NL East. At a paltry 4 games out of first place, the Nationals at least have a high probability of recovering.
Of course, the season is still young with a lot of baseball still to be played. Will the surprising–or disappointing–starts hold true throughout the entire year? That’s why they play the games.
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