Now that the playoff picture is set, why don’t we take a look back and see what this year’s postseason was supposed to look like. By “supposed to look like” I mean let’s look at expert projections and analysis from April 5th, day 1 of the 2015 MLB season. I’m not one to value ESPN expert’s projections because ESPN covering baseball is like watching a bunch of monkeys trying to screw a football. But we like to feature a lot of Fangraphs numbers on baseballfam so let’s look at how they had it.
You can view this full page from Fangraphs here.
This is why we love baseball. We’re in an era of baseball where your roster or the money spent doesn’t mean as much as watching your players mesh and play together over the course of a 162 game season.
Mariners: Mariners were some pretty hefty spenders with Felix, Cano, and Cruz. A lot of people expected Felix to be King Felix again, and he was alright, but didn’t reach the 200k mark. Robinson Cano is a notoriously slow starter, but this year took him longer than ever.
Cubs: The Cubs were projected to finish third in the NL Central, and they came out and beat their projected win total by over 10 wins. That’s a huge gap. Tough to predict the performance of young guys. Anything can happen when these studs get to the league, the Cubs youngins have been working out so far.
Nationals: It’s honestly become monotonous over the last couple years writing about the failures and disappointments of the Washington Nationals organization. A season that started with another set of World Series predictions, ended up in missing the postseason and watching the face of your franchise get thrown around the dugout by his throat.
Astros: Houston has been playing the long game, for a long time. I think we all saw their organization making the right strides, and it’s been no secret that they had one of the best farm systems in all of baseball, but i don’t think anybody expected them to break out this quickly.
Indians: Cleveland just doing Cleveland things not living up to their projections. Led by one of the best coaches in baseball in Tito Francona, led by one of the best pitching staffs in baseball with Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, and Trevor Bauer. Lorenzo Cain in his post game interview when the Royals clinched the division said even he expected the Tribe to win the AL Central.
Red Sox: A disaster of a season for Boston. With all the big offseason signings bringing together Ortiz, Hanley, Panda, etc turned into a banged up Pedroia, a lazy Hanley, an under achieving now no longer switch hitting Panda, and a dreadful pitching staff.