Monday, December 9, 2013

Blog Update: A Very Brief Interruption

Howdy, folks. I just wanted to give an update on content this week here at Baseball Arcade.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Team Postmortem: Arizona Diamondbacks

Record: 81-81, -10 Run Differential

Summary: The Arizona Diamondbacks were the big losers of the Dodgers' miraculous comeback season.  On June 22nd, the Diamondbacks were 41-33 with a 6 game lead over in the division and a 9.5 game lead over the Dodgers. The Dbacks ended the year at precisely .500, 9 games back of those same Dodgers. Arizona took a small step backwards this season over last year, where the finished with an identical record but a better run differential at +46. They are still a young team with some very good players, such as Paul Goldschmit, so the season wasn't entirely a lost cause.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Team Postmortem: Los Angeles Angels

Record: 78-84, -4 Run Differential

Summary: The Angels' 2013 season was a disaster. An expensive disaster. Sure, Mike Trout is the absolute best player in the game, but the rest of them team tended to be either mediocre, over-paid, or both. The contracts to Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols are looking to be an even bigger mistakes than the most pessimistic could have predicted. The starting rotation--outside of, perhaps, Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson--was underwhelming. Trout, as talented as he is, cannot win baseball games all by himself. But the devil (in this case, the Angels' GM, Jerry DiPoto) is in the details, so let's take a look.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Team Postmortem: San Francisco Giants

 Record: 76-86, -62 Run Differential

Summary: From 2010 to 2012, the San Francisco Giants won 268 games. They won both their division and the World Series in 2010 and 2012. They were a dynasty in the making. Going into 2013, 35 of 43 experts on ESPN predicted that the Giants would make the postseason. With that in mind, there is no way to look at their losing record and third place finish in the division to be anything to be anything but a bitter disappointment. So what happened to cause the team to go from winning 94 games one year ago to a mere 76 in 2013?