Pitchers & catchers.
(See, I used one of those “&” symbols, so it really was two words. Right? Right?!)
How many wins might Bobby Abreu bring the Angels? Good question! The AL West is going to be a tight division, so every win (or part of one) counts.
So, I ran 10 simulations with Abreu signed to the Angels. The difference? Absolutely nothing. Sorry LA (but you’re still the favorite in the division)
So, to give you a taste for my 2009 MLB Preview, here are some results of what team might benefit the most from signing Manny Ramirez or Adam Dunn.
I ran 50 simulations of 2009 using Baseball Mogul 2009 as a baseline, then 5 simulations for each scenario.
Manny Ramirez (wins listed with/without Manny)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (87.4/88.4) – Manny means 1 extra win for the Dodgers, which might be big in a tight (but mediocre) division
- New York Mets (91.0/96.2) – Guess which team got the biggest boost from Manny? Yup, the Mets. +5 wins puts them over the Phillies. Where are the Wilpons and their checkbook when you need ’em?
- New York Yankees (98.0/92.2) – Thats right, Manny means -5.8 for the Yankees, which translates to the fact that Manny really doesn’t add much to the overly stacked lineup anyway.
- San Francisco Giants (82.3/82.8 ) – A half game gain is really in the noise of the simulations, but might be the edge the Giants need to be competitive
- Los Angeles Angels (81.2/81.0) – Really, no difference whatsoever, which surprised me. I guess the Angels are all about their pitching strength.
- Kansas City Royals (76.9/76.6) – Just for kicks, and yeah, the Royals are going to suck.
Adam Dunn (Wins listed with/without Dunn)
- San Francisco Giants (82.3/79.6) – I took the liberty of having Dunn play 1B, and really, he doesn’t help the Giants that much. They get dragged down by a lot of the flotsam that occupies the rest of the lineup.
- Atlanta Braves (85.7/86.8 ) – Dunn (playing LF) gives the Braves a modest 1 game bump upwards.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (87.4/92.6) – Maybe all this dancing with Manny is the wrong direction of the Dodgers. Just go out and sign Dunn for probably half the cost and walk away with the NL West.
- Washington Nationals (65.7/70.0) – Dunn adds almost 5 wins … to get the Nats to 70 for the season. OK, well, he’s no cure-all I suppose.
Baseball Prospectus has just released their 2009 PECOTA team projections. Best team in the AL? Your Boston Red Sox. Projected to finish 98-64, two games ahead of the New York Yankees.
In honor of the beginning of spring training, I’ll have some early projections of my own in this space soon.
One more … well, two more … youtube treats for the evening:
And considering SNL/NBC are a bunch of content hogs, here is the link if the embedding fails.