Statistics that will shape 2020 for each National League team

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Last week, we looked at a key statistic for each American League team. Let's do the same now for the National League - a key figure for the 2019 season and how it will shape what will happen in 2020.NL East | Central | Where is

NL East

Atlanta Braves

The number: 4.18. The Braves finished 11th in major ERA tournaments in the riser enclosure.

For the first half of the season, the brave enclosure was the perceived weakness of an otherwise excellent team, which led to the acquisition deadline for Mark Melancon, Shane Greene and Chris Martin. Melancon and Greene were already under team control for 2020, and the club quickly re-signed Martin as a free agent while adding closer Giants Will Smith with a $ 40 million three-year contract . The club also re-signed Darren O’Day, who only made eight appearances in 2019.

On paper, it should be a better bullpen and a key to the Braves' hopes of three laps in NL East. It should be noted, however, that the riser enclosure was poorer than horrible in 2019, ranking 11th in the ERA and 14th in added probability of victory (WPA). The Braves also finished 83-4 when they led after eight innings (a percentage gain of .954 reflecting the MLB average of .955) and were 11-6 in extra innings. Of course, a good attack can help these results, but the Braves did not suffer an undue number of losses late in the game.

Point? Manager Brian Snitker's life will certainly be easier knowing that he can just hand the ball over to Smith (although he had 10 home runs last season) rather than having a revolving door of closings. The overall effect on the Braves' total win streak with a full season with this group may be only a few wins, however, that which occurs in the middle of the innings more than that which occurs in the ninth. The WPA of the Braves was 0.52; the fifth best bullpen via WPA was the Yankees with 3.77. This suggests an improvement from three to four wins if the Braves end up with a top five paddock, perhaps only a win or two improvements if they stay 10th or more. I don't underestimate the importance here: three wins could make the difference in what should be a close division race.

Miami Marlins

The number: 79. The Marlins had the worst number of weighted points created in the National League.

I led this list for the Tigers, the worst offenses of the decade based on wRC + (100 is the league average, so 79 suggests the Marlins were 21% worse than the average):

Marlins 2013: 74
Tigers 2019: 77
2019 Marlins: 79
Mariners 2010: 79
Astros 2010: 79

The Marlins replaced some of the problem areas with veterans: Jesus Aguilar to play in first base, Jonathan Villar to play second or third, Corey Dickerson for the left field and Francisco Cervelli to save Jorge Alfaro to wide receiver. They could still have the worst attack in the league.

The problems here are obvious:

Alfaro: 154 strikeouts, 22 steps
Isan Diaz: 59 strikeouts, 19 walks
Harold Ramirez: 91 strikeouts, 18 steps
Lewis Brinson: 74 strikeouts, 13 walks

OK, they are all young players, but they are not Great Young. Alfaro was 26 years old, Brinson 25, Ramirez 24 and Diaz 23. Given the aging curve in today's game, these players should enter their bonus, without figuring out how to hit a broken ball. We will see how the new hitting coach Eric Duncan will help you. He was hired last year as a minor league hitting coordinator and promoted to major league staff in April when Mike Pagliarulo was fired. The Marlins also recruited James Rowson as a bench coach. He was the batting coach for the Twins last year, so he will also work with the batters. First step: improve this pursuit rate, which was the second worst of the majors. Easy to suggest, more difficult to execute.

New York Mets

The number: minus-93. The Mets ranked second to last in the major leagues with less than 93 defensive points recorded, ahead of only the Orioles (minus 105) and 229 points less than the Dodgers, DRS 'best major defensive team.

I'm not sure if I buy that 229 point difference. Heck, since the Mets allowed 737 points, this suggests that if you offered the Dodgers' defense to the Mets staff, that would have allowed 508 points, which no team has done in high season since 1972. Another way to see things: Given that approximately every 10 points translates into an extra win, this 229 defense split suggests that the difference between the 106-victory Dodgers and the 86-victory Mets was not toss or to hit, but to work in the field.
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Either way, no matter how you cut it, the Mets weren't a good defensive team in 2019. FanGraphs stats aren't as extreme but are still poor, with an odds of 27 races in below average, 70 runs worse than top-rated A. Amed Rosario was so bad at shortstop early that reports surfaced in June that the team was training him on central court. With the help of analysis staff and coach Gary DiSarcina, Rosario improved, working on his pre-launch setup and footwork, and was at least average on defense after that. J.D. Davis was legitimately horrible both at third and in the left field (a combined minus-20 DRS, which is certainly believable if you watched him play). The central field was a problem. Pete Alonso and Robinson Cano are slow steps to first base and second base, respectively.

The only addition on the side of the players of position is Jake Marisnick, who takes again Juan Lagares role of central defender of platoon and substitute defensive. However, apart from Marisnick, the Mets have no above average defenders. The pitching staff, meanwhile, will have a full season of Marcus Stroman and added Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha, three pitchers who averaged less than one hit withdrawal in 2019, making it (for this era) of players to contact. We will see how this trio works with a potentially fragile defense.

Philadelphia phillies

The number: 2. The Phillies had only two relievers (Hector Neris and Jose Alvarez) pitching at least 50 innings.

It was a tough year to be a Phillies reliever. Here are the eight relievers from the opening day lineup and the number of heats they pitched in 2019:

Jose Alvarez: 59
Seranthony Dominguez: 24⅔
Adam Morgan: 29⅔
Hector Neris: 67⅔
Pat Neshek: 18
Juan Nicasio: 47⅓
Edubray Ramos: 15
David Robertson: 6⅔

That's 268 innings, which means the Phillies needed 316 reliever innings that weren't on the opening list (or could have been in rotation to start the year). In other words, because of all the injuries, the Phillies had to dig deep into their depths, the renunciation and trade just to fill the bullpen all year long.

So things should almost get better in 2020, right? Not necessarily. Despite turnover, the Phillies' enclosure was actually OK-ish, placing 16th in the ERA majors and 15th in added probability of victory. Since the lineup was only eighth in NL and the rotation was 11th in ERA, the Phillies were mediocre at all levels, which is why they finished 81-81. They could get a better riser enclosure in 2020, but they also need a better attack and a better launch.

Washington nationals

The number: 139. Anthony Rendon has created approximately 139 points in his 646 appearances in 2019.

Rendon had his best regular season with an excellent post-season, beating 0.328 with an OPS of 1.003, driving in 15 points in 17 games. How will the Nationals replace his production? Rather than signing Rendon or Josh Donaldson, they went to Plan C, re-signing Asdrubal Cabrera (which they had acquired during the season) and Howie Kendrick, and signing indoor field player Starlin Castro and first base player Eric Thames. Beginner Carter Kieboom will also receive a chance to gain employment in second or third base.

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For a simple analysis, let us give the appearances of Rendon to Cabrera and Castro, distributed equally between the two. Using 2019 numbers, Rendon created 9.5 runs for 27 outs, Cabrera created 5.6 and Castro 4.1. If we give each of the last two appearances 323 plates, we estimate that they would combine to create 81 tracks on 646 PA (while using 62 more outs than Rendon). That's a difference of 58 points - that's about six wins, and that's before you take into account the defense or whether Cabrera will decline at 34.

Losing Rendon is a huge blow to the Nationals. Maybe Kieboom steps up and hits as a rookie. Maybe they will get more production from the first base with a Thames / Kendrick peloton (Kendrick also playing a small second base). Juan Soto, of course, could put together even bigger numbers. The Nationals finished second in NL in points in 2019. Without Rendon, it will be difficult to repeat this total.

NL Central

Chicago cubs

The number: 90. The five basic Cubs players (Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber) combined for around 90 above average draws.

One of the refrains you hear about the Cubs is that the young position players on the 2016 World Series team have not improved since - or in some cases have gotten worse. Using Baseball-Reference.com's batting statistics (which estimates the number of runs each batter produces compared to an average batter), here are the combined totals from year to year for this group:

2016: plus-79
2017: plus-75
2018: plus-46
2019: plus-90

The group actually had their best season in 2019 - although in 2016 Schwarber was injured for most of the season and Baez and Contreras were not yet full-time players. But the group was significantly better in 2019 than in 2018.

In this sense, here are the annual totals for the overall courses that the Cubs have scored beyond the average NL team, with the number in brackets the total resulting for the rest of the Cubs' offense beyond the top five .

2016: plus-90 (plus-11)
2017: plus-79 (plus-4)
2018: plus-52 (plus-6)
2019: plus-40 (minus-50)

As you can see, we have similar totals for 2016, 2017 and 2018 for non-main hitters - slightly above average - but in 2019, the rest of the offense was 50 points below average. Certainly, the members of the top five have not been able to line up their best seasons together. Baez was great in 2018, but Contreras had a bad season and Bryant missed time due to an injury. In 2019, Schwarber had his best season and Contreras was great, but Baez was not as good and Bryant was not as good as he was in 2016-17. Still, most of the blame for 2019 should be directed at everyone - Albert Almora Jr. (under-16 tracks), utility guys Daniel Descalso (under-16) and Ben Zobrist (under-5), and Addison Russell (minus 9). Tony Kemp (under-7) and Jonathan Lucroy (under-5) came into the trades and did not help in the limited action.

The Cubs' third best hitter in 2019 in terms of above-average RBI was Nicholas Castellanos at over 15, and he left. The only major league free agent signed was Steven Souza Jr. Yes, it would be nice if the top five were all great at the same time, but a huge key to the 2020 Cubs just hopes second-level players aren't as awful .

Cincinnati Reds

The number: 98. It’s Joey VottoOPS + in 2019. He entered the season with a career mark of 155.

It was a fun and busy offseason for the Reds. I wrote a little bit about their winter earlier, so let's use this space to talk about one of my favorite players. Votto, of course, had been one of the top majors' hitters in the past decade, leading NL in base percentage seven times, reaching 0.311 in his career until 2018, winning the 2010 MVP award and just missing in 2017, when he lost two points less Giancarlo Stanton. Even when his power decreased in 2018, he still led the league with an OBP .417. But the bottom fell in 2019 with a line of .261 / .357 / .411. The Reds have theoretically improved their attack with Castellanos and Mike Moustakas, but a better Votto will also help - not an elite Votto, which is not realistic at 36, but even a 2018 semi-elite Votto would deserve two more victories to marble.
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What are the chances of that? I found all 35-year-old hitters since 2000 who qualified for the hitter title with an OPS + between 95 and 105. This gave me a list of 17 hitters in addition to Votto. Two of them no longer played (Jermaine Dye and Joe Mauer) and one did so in 2019 (Alex Gordon). The other 14 lost an average of six points in OPS +. The best scenario was Carlos Delgado, who went from .258 / .333 / .448 at 35 to .271 / .353 / .517 at 36.

The projection systems are somewhat optimistic for Votto, Steamer providing a line .270 / .382 / .451. It’s definitely playable. If Votto is having trouble like Greg Vaughn (103 OPS + at 62) or Ryan Howard (96 to 85), the Reds must consider a backup plan at first. If Votto's downtrend continues, do you stay with him all season simply because he is Joey Votto?

Milwaukee Brewers

The number: 1,100. Christian Yelich hit .329 / .429 / .671 for a 1,100 OPS and finished second in the MVP vote.

Given that MVP Cody Bellinger has slowed down in the past two months, it seems likely that if Yelich hadn't broken his kneecap on September 10 and missed the Brewers' last 18 games, he would have won his second consecutive MVP award. Since Barry Bonds had his last season of monsters in 2004 - let's call it the end of the steroid era - there have only been five seasons where a player has had 1,100 OPS, including three by Albert Pujols:

Pujols, 2006: 1.102
Pujols, 2008: 1.114
Pujols, 2009: 1.101
Bryce Harper, 2015: 1.109
Yelich, 2019: 1.100

It wasn't just the rabbit ball. Yelich has improved over the league. The most impressive thing is that he adjusted even if the pitchers challenged him less often - his throwing rate in the striking zone fell from 48.6% to 41.8%. Only Pete Alonso (41.7%) saw a drop in the percentage of locations in the area. In addition to his strike, Yelich stole 30 goals in 32 attempts, making him the 13th 40/30 player in history. (Ronald Acuna Jr. also joined the club in 2019.)

What does 2020 hold in store for us? More of the same, I would expect, assuming no lingering injury problem. Yelich had the fifth highest average exit speed and, combined with a much more optimal average launch angle (4.7 degrees to 11.2), more of these line drives left the park. It is my pre-season choice for the quintessential NL player and a potential Triple Crown winner. Assuming he gets places to hit.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The number: .314. Bryan Reynolds reached .314 / .377 / .503 and finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting in a busy NL class.

It's easy to get negative about pirates, and the recent Starling Marte trade suggests they throw in the towel after a 93-game losing streak. So let's be positive and talk about Reynolds, one of the biggest surprises of 2019. Acquired from the Giants in the Andrew McCutchen trade, the Vanderbilt product hit .302 at Double-A in 2018, although with only seven circuits in 88 games. Baseball America ranked him 9th in the Pittsburgh system and he started 2019 in Triple-A. He was recalled in late April when Marte entered the injured list and reached 0.322 in May, 0.369 in June and was 0.332 until August before collapsing in September.

What was the legitimacy of Reynolds' season? He placed third among qualified BABIP hitters, averaging .387 who followed only the White Sox teammates. Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson. Still, there is a long list of positives in his typing profile: the speed of exit and the rate of hard shots were slightly above the MLB average, his line training rate was above the MLB average, his speed plus helped him 16 shots on the inside field, and his pursuit rate was just the MLB average (not bad for a rookie who basically jumped Triple-A). He reached 0.314 and his batting average expected via Statcast based on the quality of his contact was 0.296. Reynolds can strike. He is very aggressive in the area, and if he can fire some things off speed, I see more than 300 seasons in his future.

Cardinals of St. Louis

The number: 0.91. Entering sophomore year Jack Flaherty posted a BPM of 0.91 in the second half while maintaining a battering average of .142 over 15 starts.

Although much of the inter-season conversation around the Cardinals has focused on improving an offensive that finished just 10th in NL during the runs, in order to repeat as division champions, they will likely need to Another great season for Flaherty, who finished fourth in Cy Young's vote after goes from 11 to 8 with an ERA of 2.75. Is Flaherty's monster in the second half a sign of more domination to come? Remember that the last offseason was the subject of similar discussions Zack Wheeler, who had a BPM of 1.68 in the second half of 2018 but ended 2019 with a BPM of 3.96.

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To see what we could expect from Flaherty, I checked the 20 lowest EREs in the second half since 2000 - or 18, since two of them occurred in 2019 (Flaherty and Jacob deGrom) - to see how these launchers behaved the following season. The list includes three Clayton Kershaw seasons and two from Johan Santana.

Only four of the 18 pitchers posted a lower overall ERA the following season - Kershaw twice (2.13 to 1.69 and 1.83 to 1.77), Santana (2.87 to 2.77) and Pedro Martinez (2.26 to 2.22). The average increase was 0.72, which would take Flaherty's end-of-season ERA from 2.75 to 3.47.

It should be noted that Flaherty's ERA was the second lowest on the list, behind only Jake Arrieta 0.75 in the second half of 2015. (Arrieta's 2016 ERA increased from 1.77 to 3.10 .) Flaherty's overall ERA of 2.75 was the 17th highest on the list, however, so none of the others had such a big difference between their two halves. Maybe, like Arrieta, Flaherty just had a half season for the ages, but I would bet on another ERA less than 3.00 in 2020 and I would love it as a true # 1 starter in the future.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

The number: 4.83. The Diamondbacks placed 23rd in major tournaments with an ERA of 4.83 in the seventh and eighth innings.

After acquiring Starling Marte, adding to their previous season additions Madison Bumgarner and Kole Calhoun, I wrote about how I like the direction of the Diamondbacks after a season of 84 wins, with a more versatile lineup, better field exterior and good depth of rotation. I didn't mention the lift enclosure because the lift enclosure had problems. Now, the seventh and eighth innings are not all - the Nationals ranked 29th in the majors of this department and won the World Series - but you obviously prefer to be at the top of this list rather than at the bottom. Seven of the top 10 teams in this statistic have won more than 90 games. In 2018, seven of the top 10 players won more than 90 games.
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The Diamondbacks were actually pretty good at it in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, when they won a wild card, they placed seventh in the majors. In 2018, they placed eighth. Archie Bradley was a huge key in 2017, posting a GPI of 1.18 over 61 innings in the seventh and eighth innings. In 2018, the D-backs received good work from some group of relievers that included T.J. McFarland, Yoshihisa Hirano and Andrew Chafin. This group was not as good in 2019, and Bradley had to replace Greg Holland as the closest.

For 2020, Arizona signed Junior Guerra, who had an ERA of 3.55 for the Brewers, and Hector Rondon, who had a GPA of 3.71 for the Astros, but saw its withdrawal rate plummet. Perhaps Taylor Widener, who eliminated 176 goals in 137⅓ innings at Double-A in 2018 but went on to win at Triple-A Reno (8.10 ERA), can help as a reliever. Jon Duplantier was a punctual hot prospect as a starter who could become an impact reducer. Whatever the names, if manager Torey Lovullo can build a late game enclosure, the D-backs will win more than 84 games in 2020.

Colorado Rockies

The number: 31-57. The Rockies were 40-34 until June 20, leading the wildcard race at the time. The Rockies were only 31-57 the rest of the way to finish 71-91.

It all started with a sweep of three games this weekend at Dodger Stadium, the three straight losses. He became very ugly in July and August, when the Rockies reached 15-38 and were outscored by 115 points in those two months - more than two points per game.

Because of the way the streak started, with these defeats from the lifter pens, the pen was largely responsible for the collapse. (And it was a poor bullpen, with a WPM of 5.14 which ranked 28th in the majors. It was a little better by the added probability of victory, ranking 19th.) When you are outclassed by two points per game, however, is a complete team and the lack of organizational depth has manifested itself during these two months.

Obviously, that didn't help Kyle Freeland (6.73 ERA) collapsed after finishing fourth in the Cy Young 2018 vote, but his replacements were also horrible - Peter Lambert (7.25 ERA in 19 starts), Jeff Hoffman (6.56 ERA in 15 starts), Chi Chi Gonzalez (5.43 ERA in 12 starts). Antonio Senzatela (6.71 ERA) struggled. Add to Tyler Andersona who had knee surgery after five starts (after 32 starts in 2018) and the Rockies simply had to dig too deep in an area where they lacked depth.

The offensive also struggled. The Rockies scored 835 points, but that was only fourth in NL, which is not enough for a team from Coors Field. It was their first time in the top two since 2012 and their first time in the top three since 2008. Their fleet-adjusted wRC + of 86 ranked 26th in the majors.

So with holes all over the list, what have the Rockies done? Nothing. They have bouncing candidates at Freeland and maybe Daniel Murphy and I liked Garrett Hampson as a prospect, but they still have Ian Desmond and no offense to the catcher and the same group of starters and relievers. I guess the thought is that this group won 91 games and lost NL West in a tiebreaker in 2018 and that 2019 was one of those seasons when everything went wrong. Indeed, this seems to be the feeling of owner Dick Monfort, who recently said this during an off-season event:

"In ’08, with practically the same team, we won 74 games and lost 88. But as a great American hero, Forrest Gump, once said,‘[Stuff] and that's what happened in 2008 because in 2009 we won 92 and lost 70. Most of the people I talk to who were on these teams say that the 2009 team was our best team.

"I interpolated ’07, ’08 and ’09 - I asked an analytical staff to review and interpolate these numbers - and so in 2020, we will win 94 games and lose 68."

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Los Angeles Dodgers

The number: 3.44. The Dodgers had a 3.43 ERA in the eighth inning of the regular season, fifth best in major tournaments.

The eighth inning, of course, was when the fifth game in the divisional series against the Nationals collapsed as the Dodgers lost a 3-1 lead when Clayton Kershaw made consecutive homeruns. The Dodgers would lose the game in 10 innings when Howie Kendrick completed a grand slam Joe Kelly. Even then, closer look Kenley Jansen only entered the game two hitters later.
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The question: should manager Dave Roberts (and the front office, who obviously worked with him on a game plan for different scenarios) have to think outside the box and use Kershaw? Or should Roberts have gone with the guys who helped win 106 regular season games? Pedro Baez had pitched in the eighth inning most often in the regular season and had thrown well, with an ERA of 2.04 in 35 innings. Roberts had lefties Adam Kolarek (who could have faced Juan Soto) and Julio Urias still available.

It seems clear that Roberts was affected by what happened in the fourth game when Urias allowed three hits on five batters while facing the top of the Washington lineup. Baez replaced Urias in this match and allowed a home run of three Ryan Zimmerman. Instead of mixing and matching or using Kenta Maeda, the Dodgers tried a new plan in their biggest game of the year. Perhaps that idea was also a reaction to Game 4 of the 2018 World Series, when the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead in the last three innings while Roberts made six relievers.

The other factor, however: although this ERA of 3.44 in the eighth inning seems fairly solid, the Dodgers' paddock was not engaged when it was most important, ranking only 21st in terms of probability of victory. Roberts just didn't trust his configuration guys or, in the end, Jansen.

In a sense, given the depth and talent here and the likely division title, the regular season will simply be a prelude to the big question: how will the bullpen be in October? Jansen is even closer. Baez, Kelly, Kolarek and Dylan Floro are still there. Urias could start or relieve himself as the season approaches. The best hope (and solution) is that free agent Blake Treinen will regain his form in 2018 and become a dominant relief - and that Jansen will rebound. Since Jansen has a 3.34 ERA and 22 home circuits allowed in the past two seasons, his days as the closest elite may be over. October is far away, but the issue of relievers will persist throughout the season.

San diego padres

The number: 3.1. Manny Machado tied for 77th among the position players in WAR at 3.1, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Les Padres sont passés de 66 à 70 victoires en 2019, mais cela a été un peu décevant en tenant compte du fait qu’ils ont signé Machado, avec de fortes saisons de recrues de Fernando Tatis Jr. et Chris Paddack, et avait un All-Star plus proche avec une ERA 1.19.

Machado n’était guère la seule raison pour laquelle les Padres ne se sont pas rapprochés de .500, mais sa saison .256 / .334 / .462 au cours d’une année à forte infraction n’était pas ce que vous attendez d’un joueur de 300 millions de dollars à son apogée . Machado a pris un départ lent, a mieux joué en mai, a connu un monstre en juin avec une moyenne de .314 et 11 circuits, mais a ensuite atteint .209 avec six circuits en août et septembre. A-t-il perdu tout intérêt lorsque les Padres sont tombés hors course? Jouait-il à cause de blessures tenaces? Le poids du gros contrat l’a-t-il épuisé? Machado a connu des difficultés à domicile (.219 / .297 / .406), n’a touché que 21 doubles et a mené la NL en échouant sur 24 doubles.

Quels sont les espoirs pour 2020? Il n’y a pas beaucoup de malchance dans ses chiffres. Il a atteint 0,256 contre une moyenne attendue de 0,266 selon Statcast en fonction de la qualité de son contact. Il a frappé 0,462 contre une cible attendue de 0,466. Machado avait une vitesse de sortie moyenne élevée (87e centile) et un taux de retrait au-dessus de la moyenne, mais son taux de popup élevé (10,6%) a mangé dans sa moyenne au bâton, et l’abandon de Camden Yards – où il a prospéré dans le département home run – blessé ses numéros de pouvoir. Son taux de conduite en ligne a également été le plus bas de sa carrière, ce qui explique la forte baisse du double.

Il est difficile d’évaluer qui est Machado en ce moment. Ses chiffres des quatre dernières saisons:

2016: .294 / .343 / .533, 130 OPS +, 6.9 WAR
2017: .259 / .310 / .471, 108 OPS +, 3.5 GUERRE
2018: .297 / .367 / .538, 145 OPS +, 5.7 GUERRE
2019: .256 / .334 / .462, 109 OPS +, 3.1 GUERRE

Les Padres ont payé le Machado 2018 et ont obtenu le Machado 2017. C’est toujours un bon joueur: durable, plus la défense, 30 circuits. Les Padres espèrent juste obtenir un tour d’étoile de Machado en 2020 et ces trois victoires supplémentaires.

San Francisco Giants

Le nombre: 29,9. En utilisant l’âge moyen pondéré de Baseball-Reference.com (ajusté pour le temps de jeu), les Giants avaient le groupe de joueurs de position le plus âgé dans les majors, avec un âge moyen de 29,9 ans. Sous l’ancien régime de front-office, les Giants ont essayé de pousser le noyau d’une liste vieillissante aussi loin que possible. Ils ont remporté un joker en 2016, la première année après avoir donné de gros contrats d’agent libre à Johnny Cueto et Jeff Samardzija, mais cela fait trois saisons consécutives de défaite depuis. En tout cas, le record de 77-85 en 2019 a été une surprise (grâce à un formidable enclos des releveurs, les Giants ont dépassé leur record de Pythagore de six victoires).

Sans surprise, cela a été une intersaison tranquille pour Farhan Zaidi. C’est une vieille équipe avec un système agricole médiocre (bien qu’en amélioration) et une grosse masse salariale. Il n’y avait pas vraiment de raison de faire grand-chose. Les Giants pourraient essayer de passer de 77 à 85 victoires et finir par en gagner 65. Il n’y a pas non plus beaucoup d’options commerciales: les vétérans font trop et n’étaient pas si bons. Le meilleur joueur de l’équipe était un voltigeur recrue de 28 ans (Mike Yastrzemski). Il semble que la première année de l’ère post-Bruce Bochy ressemblera beaucoup à la dernière année de Bochy. Bonne chance au nouveau skipper Gabe Kapler.

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