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Byron Buxton

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The ScoreMLB Power Rankings: Yankees look great, Houston's got a problem

Welcome to the second edition of our MLB Power Rankings for the 2024 regular season. There's been a lot of movement since the first edition was published Opening Day. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 11-7 5-5 +12 1 (-) Shohei Ohtani's handled himself well despite off-field distractions involving his former interpreter. The Japanese star owns a 1.048 OPS, has eight multi-hit games, and ranks first in MLB in total bases. Pair his early work with impressive starts from Mookie Betts and Teoscar Hern ndez and it's clear why the Dodgers remain No. 1.2. Atlanta Braves Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-5 6-4 +19 2 (-) Atlanta survived some early adversity to sit atop the NL East, and it's all thanks to the bats. Despite Ronald Acu a Jr.'s slow start and Sean Murphy hitting the IL, six qualified Braves hitters own an OPS above .800, and their 130 wRC+ is tops in MLB. Of greater concern is pitching: Max Fried's early struggles loom even larger now that Spencer Strider's season is over.3. New York Yankees Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 12-4 7-3 +21 8 (+5) The Yankees relied on Aaron Judge to carry the offense heavily in recent years, so their racking up wins despite his slow start is encouraging. Anthony Volpe looks excellent, hitting .382/.477/.564 through 15 games, while Oswaldo Cabrera owns three homers and an .880 OPS in 12 games after posting a .574 OPS across 115 games last year.4. Milwaukee Brewers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 10-4 6-4 +31 19 (+15) The Brewers are off to an excellent start thanks to a fun offense. Milwaukee sits second in the majors with an .838 OPS, trailing only Atlanta. The team's been at its best in the clutch, hitting .362/.413/.589 with RISP. Christian Yelich, Willy Adames, and William Contreras have already combined for 12 home runs and 35 RBIs.5. Baltimore Orioles Daniel Shirey / Major League Baseball / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-6 6-4 +14 5 (-) Camden Yards is going to need more cowbell. With all the attention on Jackson Holliday's arrival, it's been fellow rookie Colton Cowser who's stolen the show. The 24-year-old has a team-leading three home runs, six doubles and a 1.445 OPS through 14 games. Cowser terrorized the Red Sox at Fenway Park, driving in 10 runs in three games.6. Texas Rangers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 8-8 4-6 +14 6 (-) Adolis Garc a's picked up where he left off last October. The 2023 ALCS MVP has powered a Rangers offense missing Josh Jung and Nathaniel Lowe, helping secure multiple wins over rival Houston and an early lead in the AL West. Texas is the only AL West club with a positive run differential, owing mostly to Garc a, their only qualified player with a .900-plus OPS and more than two home runs.7. Kansas City Royals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 10-6 8-2 +37 26 (+19) The Royals are the surprising owners of MLB's best run differential after being outscored by 183 last year. Bobby Witt Jr. already has four home runs, six doubles, and three stolen bases in 16 games, while Brady Singer (0.98 ERA), Seth Lugo (1.45), and Cole Ragans (1.93) have been incredible through 10 starts.8. Pittsburgh Pirates Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 11-5 6-4 +24 24 (+16) The Pirates started 5-0 for the first time in 41 years. Mart n P rez has been great, allowing only four earned runs with one homer over 19 innings, while rookie Jared Jones looks like he'll be a rotation mainstay after recording 25 strikeouts over his first three starts. It's only a matter of time before top prospect Paul Skenes arrives in the majors, as he's posted an absurd 18.3 K/9 without allowing a run at Triple-A this season.9. Philadelphia Phillies Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 8-8 6-4 -13 4 (-5) The Phillies have been led by some unlikely players: Brandon Marsh owns a club-leading four homers with a .958 OPS, while Spencer Turnbull, who threw a no-hitter with the Tigers in 2021 before struggling after Tommy John surgery, has a 1.80 ERA with 15 strikeouts over his first three starts.10. Cleveland Guardians Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 10-5 7-3 +29 22 (+12) Shane Bieber's dominant start to his season was stopped cold by a torn UCL, and a thinned-out Guardians rotation has been ineffective at filling the void. Triston McKenzie's struggles are particularly concerning for a team that relies heavily on its starters. Luckily, Cleveland's bullpen owns the majors' second-lowest ERA (1.88).11. Chicago Cubs Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-6 6-4 +13 14 (+3) The Cubs may have found something in Michael Busch, acquired in an offseason trade with the Dodgers. Busch leads Chicago in slugging percentage (.694) and OPS (1.087) and homered in his fourth consecutive game Sunday (adding to his team lead in that category, too). He's one round-tripper away from tying the club record for homers in consecutive games.12. Cincinnati Reds Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-6 6-4 +22 17 (+5) The Elly De La Cruz show has been a roller coaster through the Reds' first 16 games, but the shortstop remains an entertaining watch. Three of his four homers have exceeded 110 mph off his bat, with his other round-tripper an inside-the-park job. He ranks second on the team in OPS (.962) and is tied for fourth in the league in steals (six).13. Arizona Diamondbacks Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 8-8 4-6 +21 7 (-6) The reigning NL champs are off to a mediocre start after early meetings with the Yankees and Braves. They've still played .500 ball with Corbin Carroll struggling (.233 AVG, .650 OPS), Eduardo Rodriguez injured, and Jordan Montgomery yet to make a start. E-Rod's rehab was recently paused due to a setback, but Montgomery's expected to make his debut April 19.14. San Diego Padres Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-9 6-4 +6 15 (+1) Early returns on Dylan Cease are great, and the Padres need the help with Joe Musgrove struggling (6.87 ERA, 1.75 WHIP). Cease struck out six or more in each of his three starts while allowing two earned runs or fewer. His 2.16 ERA and 0.84 WHIP are tops among Padres starters.15. Boston Red Sox John McCoy / Getty Images Sport / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-7 5-5 +12 16 (+1) Boston's excellent 7-3 road start was quickly forgotten once it got home. The Red Sox are 2-4 at Fenway Park and a brutal 5-17 at home dating back to last September. Boston looks extremely vulnerable defensively following Trevor Story's injury, ranking last in the majors with 16 errors. Still, the club's starters own the lowest ERA (2.05) in MLB.16. Tampa Bay Rays Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-7 6-4 -14 12 (-4) The Rays haven't taken advantage of a fairly light opening schedule. Splitting a four-game set in Colorado - with one loss coming on a walk-off grand slam following closer Pete Fairbanks' meltdown - isn't something you expect from a team with contention hopes. Fairbanks' early struggles, and starter Zach Eflin's, could be huge causes for concern.17. New York Mets Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 7-8 7-3 +1 18 (+1) Pete Alonso's displaying his prodigious power early in his walk year, sitting second in MLB with six homers in 15 games. The only problem: Five of those blasts came with no one one. Edwin D az is three-for-three in save opportunities in his return, striking out nine in six innings.18. Toronto Blue Jays Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 8-8 5-5 -18 10 (-8) Toronto came into the season banking on internal improvement from a number of players, but it hasn't happened so far. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (.677 OPS), George Springer (.668), Daulton Varsho (.608), and Alejandro Kirk (.429) are struggling early. Luckily, the team signed ageless Justin Turner, and the 39-year-old's hitting .386/.481/.614 with a team-leading seven doubles and eight RBIs.19. Houston Astros Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 6-11 4-6 -13 3 (-16) It's shocking to see how poorly Houston's pitching. The team ranks 28th in WHIP (1.52) and 29th in ERA (5.32), though injuries are at least partially to blame. Josh Hader and Ryan Pressly have already allowed 10 runs in 13 innings, and Ronel Blanco - who only made the club because of injury issues - has started in half the team's wins (while also throwing the season's first no-hitter).20. Detroit Tigers Megan Briggs / Getty Images Sport / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 9-6 4-6 -2 21 (+1) Tarik Skubal's one of the few bright spots on a Tigers team with a solid record despite numerous mediocre early performances. The left-hander owns a 2.08 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts in three starts. Spencer Torkelson's yet to homer in 63 at-bats, while it may be time to talk about Javier B ez's future. The shortstop's hitting .140/.152/.209 with 14 strikeouts and one extra-base hit in 13 games, and is still owed close to $100 million.21. San Francisco Giants Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 6-10 4-6 -12 9 (-12) Signing Jordan Hicks as a starter has been an early success. The right-hander owns a 1.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP, with hitters batting only .194 against him through 18 innings. However, some of the team's other high-profile offseason signings are off to much chillier starts: Matt Chapman's hitting .200/.257/.369 across 16 games, while Jung Hoo Lee has three extra-base hits in 62 at-bats.22. St. Louis Cardinals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 7-9 4-6 -9 20 (-2) The Cardinals spent much of the offseason addressing pitching, but their offense is letting them down so far. St. Louis ranks 21st in runs, 24th in OBP, and 25th in homers. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado combined for two homers and 29 strikeouts through 16 games.23. Seattle Mariners Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 6-10 3-7 -23 11 (-12) The Mariners' priority over the winter was remaking their offense, but a lot of the same problems remain. Seattle's struck out 167 times in 16 games, the third-worst mark in baseball. Making things worse: The team's .590 OPS ranks 28th - only the Marlins and White Sox are worse. Julio Rodr guez is off to a painfully slow start, hitting .186/.238/.203 with one extra-base hit and 21 strikeouts.24. Minnesota Twins Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 6-8 4-6 -7 13 (-11) Injuries and an anemic offense have killed the Twins early. Minnesota ranks 27th in runs, slugging, and OPS, and 30th in average, as Carlos Correa, Royce Lewis, and Max Kepler all are on the IL. Byron Buxton - actually healthy to start the season! - is hitting .196/.240/.261 with no home runs or stolen bases and 18 strikeouts in 14 games.25. Los Angeles Angels Megan Briggs / Getty Images Sport / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 7-8 4-6 -9 23 (-2) Mike Trout's received some help from his supporting cast early this season, but it doesn't seem like it'll be enough to make the Angels contenders. The three-time MVP already has six home runs, but five came with no one on base. Anthony Rendon has no homers and one RBI in 13 games.26. Oakland Athletics Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 7-9 6-4 -22 29 (+3) Paul Blackburn is healthy again and off to an incredible start: the 2022 All-Star's thrown 19 1/3 scoreless innings. It's the longest scoreless streak to open a season for the franchise since it moved to Oakland in 1968.27. Washington Nationals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 6-9 4-6 -14 27 (-) CJ Abrams appears to have taken another step forward: the 23-year-old's gone deep three times with nine RBIs and a .944 OPS. On the pitching side, left-hander MacKenzie Gore looks sharp, with a 2.81 ERA and 23 strikeouts across 16 innings.28. Colorado Rockies Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 4-12 3-7 -34 30 (+2) The Rockies are yet to win a series despite several hitters' hot starts. Ryan McMahon is slashing .373/.457/.559 with two homers and a team-leading 11 RBIs, while Brenton Doyle, Ezequiel Tovar, and Charlie Blackmon have an .800 OPS or better. The pitching's been dreadful: Colorado has an MLB-worst 6.29 ERA.29. Miami Marlins Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 3-13 3-7 -35 25 (-4) The Marlins narrowly avoided becoming the seventh team in MLB history to open a season with 10 straight losses, and that's about the only positive to come out of Miami so far. While rookie starter Max Meyer's looked good, he's received little help from the majors' worst offense, which continues to lack any power.30. Chicago White Sox Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank 2-13 1-9 -51 28 (-2) Eloy Jim nez, Luis Robert Jr., and Yoan Moncada are all on the IL, which is partly why the White Sox have scored the majors' fewest runs. At least Garrett Crochet's move to the rotation has been a success. The right-hander owns a 3.57 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Apr 15, 2024

RotowireByron Buxton: Out of Sunday's lineup

Buxton is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.

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Sunday, Apr 14, 2024

Yahoo SportsTwins nearly lose Byron Buxton to Milwaukee sausage collision

Always look both ways before exiting the dugout.

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Wednesday, Apr 3, 2024

The ScoreOpening Day overreactions for every MLB team

Your favorite baseball team has played at least one game of its 162-contest schedule for the 2024 season. While one doesn't seem like a lot, the opener clearly means more than any other game, and if you disagree, you're simply struggling to cope because your winless team doesn't have it this year. Let's get to our overreactions for every club.Arizona DiamondbacksThe Diamondbacks should play three-inning games. It would be MLB's best attempt at a mercy rule. After a two-run first frame, Arizona cashed in another 14 in the third and coasted the rest of the way to a 16-1 win over the Rockies. If the league really wants to improve the pace of play, why even bother playing the final six innings against the D-Backs?Atlanta BravesSpencer Strider has levelled up again, adding a curveball that hitters and pitch-tracking technology alike can't comprehend. If you check Savant, it just looks like Strider threw more sliders. But that goes to show that even computers can't process how he gets so much spin on an 80-mph curve. It's impossible to overreact about how good Strider is at this point. Is he the greatest pitcher of all time? May as well be. Is he an alien? Yes, from the mustache and huge quads planet.Baltimore OriolesAdley Rutschman is the greatest Opening Day player of all time. It took him until this year to make his first out in an opener, and even then, he reached base - a fielder's choice in the fourth inning. Until that point, he'd been a perfect 8-for-8. Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox / Getty Images Sport / GettyBoston Red SoxActually, Tyler O'Neill is the best Opening Day player of all time. This year, the two-time Gold Glover made it five consecutive openers with a homer, which is an MLB record. Will the Red Sox get the 2021 version of him that hits 33 more over the campaign or the guy who hit eight more like last year?Chicago CubsChristopher Morel is bound to hit for the cycle this year. Through 220 games entering this campaign, Morel had seven triples. But the Cubs DH kicked off this season with one, so it's just a matter of time before he gets another and follows it up with a single, double, and homer.Chicago White SoxTime for the White Sox to trade Garrett Crochet. Their goal this year is to lose a lot of games, and sending Crochet to the mound every fifth day will be a major obstacle. It's a risk they can't afford, even if they did lose 1-0 on Thursday thanks to their anemic offense. May as well grab a prospect or two who will never approximate Crochet's value from the Dodgers.Cincinnati RedsNick Martini, a 33-year-old journeyman, entered the 2024 season with eight career homers. He's on pace to hit 324 dingers this year after a two-homer Thursday. Factoring in his previous total, he'll wind up in a dead heat with Bobby Bonds and Moises Alou with 332 career long balls.Cleveland GuardiansShane Bieber is so back. The former Cy Young winner racked up 11 strikeouts through six shutout innings. Even if he only manages 128 innings like last year, he's on pace for 235 Ks. Will he do it? Who knows. But a couple more games against the A's can't hurt.Colorado RockiesRelegate the Rockies. This isn't even an overreaction. Fans waited months to watch this game and the team promptly coughed up 14 runs in a single inning, an Opening Day record. Every other club in the NL West is trying while Colorado is resigned to doing this.Detroit TigersThe Tigers have the best bullpen in baseball. Protecting a one-run lead for the final three innings, Shelby Miller, Andrew Chafin, and Jason Foley combined for a perfect finish, racking up five strikeouts to seal a 1-0 win over the White Sox. And no, that doesn't have anything to do with Chicago's lineup being horrendous. Tim Warner / Getty Images Sport / GettyHouston AstrosThis is officially Jeremy Pe a's, Jake Meyers', and Chas McCormick's team. If Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Alex Bregman, or Jos Abreu had showed up in a meaningful way, the Astros wouldn't have coughed up a four-run lead to the Yankees.Kansas City RoyalsMaikel Garcia's leadoff homer guarantees the Royals a trip to the ALCS. The last time Kansas City's season began with a dinger was 1984 with a leadoff bomb from Onix Concepcion. The team finished as the AL runner-up in the postseason that year, losing to the Tigers.Los Angeles AngelsMike Trout is the best pitcher on the Angels. Have we ever seen him pitch? No. It doesn't matter. The void left by Shohei Ohtani's exit can't be filled unless Trout himself steps up, and he'd definitely post a lower ERA than Patrick Sandoval, who owns a 16.20 mark so far. Trout's homer was the team's only hit against Corbin Burnes. Let's make it a fourth MVP.Los Angeles DodgersFun fact: If you parlayed Cardinals moneyline, Betts under one homer, under two hits for Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman, and over five strikeouts for Tyler Glasnow, you'd be down roughly $4.5 million. Brennan Asplen / Getty Images Sport / GettyMiami MarlinsThe Marlins might be the best contact-hitting team ever created. They played 12 innings on Opening Day and collectively struck out seven times without a single player striking out more than once. The rest of the lineup obviously spent the offseason studying at the Luis Arraez School of Hitting.Milwaukee BrewersIntroducing the Jackson Chourio cycle: A leadoff walk to start the game, a stolen base, and a single later on. Kid's a freak. He's the fastest kid alive.Minnesota TwinsA Twins lineup with Royce Lewis, Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, and Max Kepler is like an eclipse: It's rare, it's spectacular, and if you stare directly at it, you'll injure your quad.New York MetsA truly cursed 2024 Mets season is underway. It started by making fans wait an extra 24 hours for it to even begin, and then the wreath meant to be presented to Carlos Mendoza fell over at least twice before the opener. An omen of what's to come. The wreath to be presented to Carlos Mendoza, as is tradition before the home opener, has been blown over by the wind at least twice. Some flowers fell off. Tim Healey (@timbhealey) March 29, 2024 That was then followed up by the team recording one measly hit - a Starling Marte homer - against the Brewers pitching staff. Pack it in, Mets.New York YankeesThe Yankees overcame an early four-run deficit for their largest Opening Day comeback since 1950. They just so happened to win the World Series that year. While 1950 may not be the last time the Yankees won the championship, it certainly feels like it sometimes.Oakland AthleticsIt's weird that the Athletics were the only team to trot out their spring training split-squad lineup for Opening Day. I mean, the fans seemed to know this game counted. It's still March, so maybe the A's were confused. But it's odd that MLB wouldn't intervene to make sure major leaguers played once the regular season officially got underw- (taps earpiece) I'm being told this is the Athletics' actual roster. We regret the error.Philadelphia PhilliesTeams without domes should be banned from hosting Opening Day games - particularly ones in locations that frequently get rain in early spring, like Philadelphia. Sorry folks, you can either host the second series of the year or build a stadium with a retractable roof. That's the deal.Pittsburgh PiratesThe Pirates narrowly escaped with an extra-innings win despite being the worst baserunning team of all time. In extras alone, Pittsburgh made at least two inexcusable gaffes on the basepaths, starting with an atrocious send from third base coach Mike Rabelo that had rookie catcher Henry Davis out at home by at least 20 feet. Rob Leiter / Major League Baseball / GettySan Diego PadresXander Bogaerts will win the batting title in his redemption season. Almost sixteen months after signing his unfairly maligned 11-year, $280-million deal, Bogaerts has six hits through three games and a .462 batting average. Coincidentally, his old Red Sox teammate Mookie Betts is the only player with more hits (seven), but Betts has had his time in the sun.San Francisco GiantsPickoff attempts should be illegal after a player records their first career hit. This entry was suggested by Jung Hoo Lee, who was immediately caught napping at first base by Yu Darvish while celebrating a bloop single for his first MLB knock.Seattle MarinersThe Mariners' pitching staff simply doesn't have it. Look, it's one game, but the staff played the hits in the opener, giving up at least one knock to each of Boston's starters. When Noevli Marte's suspension is over, Seattle should see if the Reds want Luis Castillo back.St. Louis CardinalsPaul Goldschmidt and the Cardinals as a team are both on pace for 486 hits. As the Dodgers pummelled them Thursday, only Goldschmidt recorded a hit -and he managed three. Seems like Goldschmidt was the only Cardinal prepared to be "the hardest working group of Midwestern farmers we can be," while Miles Mikolas was bested by "checkbook baseball."Tampa Bay RaysTo make up for last year's season-opening dominance, the Rays will give the rest of the league a head start and go 0-13. To kick off the 2023 campaign, Tampa Bay tied the modern-era record by going undefeated through its first 13 games. The Blue Jays immediately ensured the Rays couldn't do that again, and now it's time to balance things out.Texas RangersI never expected to have an opinion about a banner, but this is the ugliest championship banner I've ever seen: It s a banner day in Rangers history. Texas Rangers (@Rangers) March 28, 2024 Bonus: The Rangers had to beat the Cubs and the umps. After a brutal call in the top of the ninth inning ruled that a foul tip off Miles Mastrobuoni's bat was a wild pitch, Chicago scored the go-ahead run. The defending champs still won on a walk-off hit from catcher Jonah Heim because ball don't lie.Toronto Blue JaysHomers and hits with runners in scoring position in a win against the Rays at the Trop? Are we sure these are the Blue Jays? After their interminable 2023 campaign, a sixth-inning Opening Day rally that featured two homers and two other hits with RISP is a completely unrecognizable performance. If Isiah Kiner-Falefa hadn't found a way to ground out twice in that inning, it'd be time to plan the parade.Washington NationalsJoey Gallo has three separate seasons in the top 30 for most strikeouts, and he's going for the all-time crown this year. Over a full season, his three Ks on Opening Day would put him on pace for 486 punchouts - comfortably eclipsing the record of 223 that Mark Reynolds set in 2009.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Friday, Mar 29, 2024

The ScoreMLB Power Rankings: Teeing up Opening Day

Welcome to theScore's MLB Power Rankings for the 2024 regular season. Playoff odds courtesy theScore Bet. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 100-62 93-69 -5000 The Dodgers spent over a billion dollars on players this winter, and anything short of a World Series title will be considered a disappointment. This team is absolutely loaded - with three MVP winners perched atop the lineup - but there are some potential early signs of concern. The durability of the pitching staff, Mookie Betts playing shortstop, Yoshinobu Yamamoto's transition to MLB, and the lingering scandal around Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter are all things to watch.2. Atlanta Braves PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 101-61 97-65 -1500 The Braves bring back the same lineup that tied an MLB-record 307 homers last season. Yet, the offense could get even better if newcomer Jarred Kelenic can reach his potential. The rotation looks deeper, with Chris Sale and Reynaldo L pez rounding out the group. It's also a World Series or bust for Atlanta with such an embarrassment of riches.3. Houston Astros PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 95-67 90-72 -400 The Astros have epitomized success and consistency by appearing in seven straight ALCS, and they look primed to make it eight. Houston returns much of the same lineup as 2023, along with a new closer in Josh Hader and a change at catcher with Yainer Diaz taking over everyday duties. Several injuries to the rotation could lead to a slow start, but the Astros still look like the AL's best team entering the season.4. Philadelphia Phillies PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 84-78 85-77 -230 Philadelphia should be motivated after collapsing against Arizona and letting a golden chance at a World Series slip last campaign. Dave Dombrowski spent the winter extending key starters Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola rather than making a major splash outside the organization. A full season of Bryce Harper should help the Phillies as they try to snap Atlanta's six-year reign as NL East champions.5. Baltimore Orioles Daniel Shirey / Major League Baseball / Getty PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 87-75 85-77 -215 The Orioles surprised many with a 101-win season and an AL East title in 2023. Baltimore isn't sneaking up on anybody this year. The club filled a major need by acquiring ace Corbin Burnes to add to an excellent young core, which will soon see the arrival of No. 1 prospect Jackson Holliday.6. Texas Rangers PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 86-76 82-80 -190 The reigning World Series champions should be a force again, with Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, and Adolis Garc a leading the charge for an offense that scored an AL-best 881 runs last season. The Rangers are rolling the dice by entrusting Evan Carter and Wyatt Langford with starting duties, but the pair look like future stars. Starting pitching remains a concern, with Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, and Tyler Mahle injured to begin the campaign.7. Arizona Diamondbacks PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 84-78 84-78 +110 The Diamondbacks are coming off a surprise run to the World Series last season and did a great job supplementing a solid core by adding Eugenio Su rez, Joc Pederson, Randal Grichuk, Jordan Montgomery and Eduardo Rodriguez. Corbin Carroll, Gabriel Moreno, and Brandon Pfaadt developing more could push the club to the next level. They might not challenge the Dodgers for the division, but they're getting closer. 8. New York Yankees PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 92-70 88-74 -275 Pairing Juan Soto, who's in a contract year, with Aaron Judge will give many pitchers nightmares before playing the Yankees. However, New York's rotation has major question marks with Gerrit Cole out long term and potential durability issues surrounding Nestor Cortes, Marcus Stroman, and Carlos Rod n. The Yankees look like a playoff team, but injuries could quickly derail this older roster.9. San Francisco Giants PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 86-76 83-79 +135 The Giants look much different than the 79-win team from a campaign ago after an offseason spending spree landed them Blake Snell, Jung Hoo Lee, Matt Chapman, Jordan Hicks, Jorge Soler, and Robbie Ray. It's clear San Francisco is in it to win it, but claiming the loaded NL West is no small task. Despite the additions, there are still questions about how much this club will score.10. Toronto Blue Jays Julio Aguilar / Getty Images Sport / Getty PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 88-74 85-77 -140 It's finally time for the Blue Jays to deliver on all their promise. This is no longer a young team; the clock is ticking on their competitive window. Toronto's offense greatly underperformed last season, and several players will need to have bounce-back years if the club wants to be a threat come October. The Blue Jays are dealing with some early injuries to the pitching staff, and the schedule to start the campaign is difficult. They'll need to weather the storm out of the gates.11. Seattle Mariners PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 84-78 85-77 -175 The Mariners spent the winter remaking the offense after their hitters recorded the second-most strikeouts in the majors in 2023. Julio Rodr guez looks like a perennial MVP candidate, and the 23-year-old will need to be since he'll likely have to carry the offensive load again this season. The rotation might be the most underrated in the majors.12. Tampa Bay Rays PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 87-75 86-76 +110 With Wander Franco, Shane McClanahan, and Tyler Glasnow missing from the 2024 roster, the Rays have lost almost a combined 10 fWAR. Tampa Bay also basically has an entire rotation sidelined, as McClanahan, Shane Baz, Taj Bradley, Drew Rasmussen, and Jeffrey Springs are on the IL. The team has a modus operandi of turning water into wine, but this could be the year the club takes a step back.13. Minnesota Twins PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 89-73 84-78 -180 TV revenue uncertainties prevented the Twins from adding much of anything this winter. However, they're still dangerous if Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, and Royce Lewis remain healthy and produce like they can. Losing key pieces like Sonny Gray, Kenta Maeda, and Jorge Polanco hurts, but Minnesota is still the favorite to repeat as AL Central champs.14. Chicago Cubs PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 81-81 82-80 -125 The Cubs are returning a roster similar to the one that missed the playoffs by one game last year. Chicago is counting on Cody Bellinger to prove 2023 wasn't a fluke and newcomer Shota Imanaga to replace Stroman in the rotation. The team's success could also depend on top prospects Pete Crow-Armstrong and Cade Horton graduating to the majors.15. San Diego Padres Gene Wang / Getty Images Sport / Getty PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 82-80 83-79 +140 Trading Juan Soto was a tough pill to swallow, but the roster might be more balanced because of it. And a lineup consisting of Xander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Manny Machado still looks capable of making the postseason. Acquiring Dylan Cease is also a huge addition after losing Blake Snell, Seth Lugo, and Michael Wacha this offseason.16. Boston Red Sox PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 78-84 80-82 +300 A completely underwhelming winter has the Red Sox entering the season in a weird spot. The offense could actually be very good, with the lineup featuring several young and athletic players and Trevor Story looking healthy for the first time in years. Still, if Boston hopes to escape the AL East basement, it'll need its young arms to take the next step under new pitching coach Andrew Bailey, something they couldn't do last season.17. Cincinnati Reds PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 79-83 79-83 +150 Jonathan India believes the Reds will win the NL Central this campaign. While Cincinnati has the high-end talent to win the division, is the core experienced and consistent enough to take the crown for the first time since 2012? Adding veterans like Jeimer Candelario and Frankie Montas helps, but Matt McLain and TJ Friedl have early injury concerns.18. New York Mets PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 84-78 81-81 +200 The Mets took a different approach to the offseason than last year, focusing on depth instead of inking star-studded deals. A core of Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, and Brandon Nimmo have quite a test in front of them. However, shutdown closer Edwin D az's return should erase any uncertainties in the late innings.19. Milwaukee Brewers PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 79-83 80-82 +340 Milwaukee made moves for 2024 and beyond this winter, trading away Corbin Burnes for Joey Ortiz and DL Hall - both of whom will start the season on the MLB roster - and signing Rhys Hoskins, Gary S nchez, and Jakob Junis to short-term deals. All eyes will be on Jackson Chourio, though. The 20-year-old inked a $82-million deal in December despite never playing higher than Triple-A.20. St. Louis Cardinals Megan Briggs / Getty Images Sport / Getty PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 84-78 83-79 -110 The Cardinals aren't used to being doubted. St. Louis finished under .500 last season for the first time since 2007, missing the postseason for only the fourth time in the previous 13 years. The club's lineup looks strong, but a revamped rotation featuring Lance Lynn, Kyle Gibson, and Sonny Gray, who's already hurt, has an average age of almost 35.21. Detroit Tigers PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 75-87 79-83 +165 Detroit enters the campaign without Miguel Cabrera for the first time since 2008. Youngsters Spencer Torkelson, Riley Greene, and Kerry Carpenter are the offense's focal point, with veteran help sprinkled in. A full season of Tarik Skubal and Casey Mize could go a long way for a Tigers rotation featuring veteran newcomers Maeda and Jack Flaherty.22. Cleveland Guardians PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 83-79 80-82 +220 Cleveland did little to supplement a lineup that hit the fewest home runs in the majors last season - 27 fewer than the next worst team. The Guardians' strength remains in their pitching staff, which will benefit from a healthy Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie to start the year. Those two combined for just 25 starts in 2023.23. Los Angeles Angels PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 74-88 78-84 +800 Mike Trout publicly begged the front office and ownership for meaningful roster additions all offseason after seeing Ohtani leave for nothing. The Angels didn't replace the two-way superstar in the lineup or rotation. Instead, Aaron Hicks and Robert Stephenson were the club's biggest moves, which speaks volumes about where Los Angeles is at.24. Pittsburgh Pirates PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 71-91 77-85 +550 This version of the Pirates is the closest it has looked to a playoff contender since Ben Cherington took over as GM in 2019. Oneil Cruz, Henry Davis, and Jack Suwinski are promising young players who should accompany Bryan Reynolds well on offense. The rotation looks better behind ace Mitch Keller, and the bullpen should be tough in the late innings with David Bednar and Aroldis Chapman.25. Miami Marlins PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 80-82 80-82 +260 Miami reached the postseason last year despite a minus-57 run differential. The offense again appears underwhelming, and it'll be more difficult to keep runs off the board with Sandy Alcantara, Edward Cabrera, Braxton Garrett, and Eury P rez sidelined to start the campaign. Those four combined to throw over 500 innings in 2023.26. Kansas City Royals Bob Levey / Getty Images Sport / Getty PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 71-91 76-86 +475 After a strong offseason, the Royals could make some noise in a weak division. They improved the pitching staff by adding Michael Wacha, Seth Lugo, Will Smith, and John Schreiber. Kansas City also looks like it finally has an ace in Cole Ragans. Budding superstar Bobby Witt Jr. leads an underrated lineup that may surprise.27. Washington Nationals PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 58-104 66-96 +1800 The Nationals punched above their weight last season, winning 71 games despite playing in a tough division. Adding Joey Gallo, Eddie Rosario, and Jesse Winker could incrementally increase the team's victories. But Washington will need CJ Abrams, Lane Thomas, Josiah Gray, and MacKenzie Gore to continue upward trajectories if it stands any chance of making a significant jump in the standings.28. Chicago White Sox PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 67-95 67-95 +2200 The White Sox are entering another rebuild. New general manager Chris Getz completely remade the roster by trading away several veterans while letting others depart in free agency. Chicago carved out a lot of playing time for younger players, and the club will see what it has in Garrett Crochet and Michael Soroka in the rotation. It'll be interesting to see if Luis Robert Jr. and Eloy Jim nez stick around through the campaign.29. Oakland Athletics PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 65-97 72-90 +2800 The Athletics' rebuild continues after averaging 107 losses per season over the last two years. Yet, there's some hope youngsters like Zack Gelof, JJ Bleday, and Shea Langeliers can become reliable impact players. The rotation looks better with veterans Alex Wood and Ross Stripling leading the way.30. Colorado Rockies PECOTA Projection FanGraphs Projection Playoff Odds 57-105 63-99 +2500 Aside from adding Cal Quantrill and Dakota Hudson to the rotation, the Rockies' extension of shortstop Ezequiel Tovar was their biggest offseason business. Even if Kris Bryant remains healthy, Colorado looks destined for its third straight last-place finish because the rest of the division is that much better.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Wednesday, Mar 27, 2024