We revealed on Thursday that the Chicago Cubs had come out on top in our first ever stab at an MLB Team Picker, with the Giants and the Pirates coming in second and third respectively. How did the other twenty-seven teams shape up? Here is the full list.
|#||Team||Roots and Tradition||Underdog status||Hope for the future||Following from afar||Road trip potential||Total|
|2||San Francisco Giants||13||16.5||5||18||16.5||69|
|5||New York Yankees||14||5||16||11.5||19||65.5|
|7||New York Mets||8.5||10.5||15||11.5||19||64.5|
|8||Chicago White Sox||15.5||14.5||9||11.5||14||64.5|
|9||Tampa Bay Rays||5||18.5||20||11.5||9||64|
|10||Boston Red Sox||15.5||9.5||19||5||13||62|
|14||Toronto Blue Jays||5||14||15||5||18.5||57.5|
|22||St Louis Cardinals||18.5||14||12||5||5||54.5|
|25||Kansas City Royals||7||18.5||5||14.5||5||50|
|28||San Diego Padres||5.5||16.5||5||5||13.5||45.5|
In terms of surprises, the Reds are higher up than we initially thought they would be when we started this process. While we expected the Mariners, Nationals, Padres and Royals would all end up in the lower third, the poor showings by the Angels and the Brewers don’t reflect their appeal in terms of being current contenders for postseason spots. Perhaps this suggests the rankings need some work?
The Brewers have several low scores, although they have been hurt by the timing of these rankings in terms of the ‘Hope for the Future’ category: they’ve just lost Sabathia and Sheets and have not yet replaced them. If we ran the same system in March they would be likely to move up a few spots. Meanwhile the Halos are particularly hurt by playing relatively few day games during the working week and personally we feel that this is a very valid reason for a team being downgraded.
The Cubs dominated the rankings and it’s going to be tough for anyone to catch them in the near future. However, we will be looking at ways to improve the system and it may be that their advantage could be reduced as a result of these changes. If you have any suggestions, please let us know.