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2023 MLB disappointments and surprises: The great, the dangerous … and the Mets and Yankees

As we head into the overall weeks of the 2023 MLB common season, we will be able to start to assess the larger image for each and every crew and the way they fared relative to preseason expectancies: Did they do about what we idea they might? Are they surpassing even our best hopes? Or are they the Mets and Yankees?

In this week’s episode of The Bandwagon, we pass crew by way of crew and make a decision whether or not each and every MLB squad carried out under, at or above the extent we had been expecting from them this yr. For extra perception and dialogue on each and every department, take a look at the episode under.


New York Yankees: Approach under

On Opening Day, the Yankees’ playoff odds had been 81.2%. That quantity is now right down to 0.5%. The Yankees are in point of fact, in point of fact dangerous.

Boston Pink Sox: At

The Sox are OK however irritating. They’re in point of fact just right once they play the Yankees, the one crew worse than them within the department.

Toronto Blue Jays: Beneath

The Jays are under everybody’s expectancies, until you anticipated them to do what they’ve finished the previous couple of years, which is end under expectancies. One thing is off with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and this crew has an awesome means of being just a bit bit worse than it kind of feels like they must be.

Tampa Bay Rays: Previously above, now at

They had been above expectancies, however now that the Orioles are forward of them, it’s onerous to mention the Rays are outperforming expectancies. The crew now has numerous problems led to by way of damage and Wander Franco, however so far as how the season has long past total, it’s nonetheless a win.

Baltimore Orioles: Above

Wow, they’re so just right! Nice process, Orioles. Unhealthy process, crew proprietor John Angelos.


Kansas Town Royals: At

The Royals are very dangerous, as anticipated. However Bobby Witt Jr. has been superb and seems like a franchise cornerstone.

Chicago White Sox: Beneath

Now not best is the crew dangerous, but in addition the vibes are horrible. The AL Central as an entire is in point of fact horrible. Of the 5 groups, best the White Sox ranked upper than fifteenth in Opening Day payroll. They’re spending greater than the opposite groups, but they’re nonetheless so dangerous.

Detroit Tigers: At

The Tigers also are dangerous, however Tigers lovers must stay observing for Miguel Cabrera’s final couple of weeks and for the younger guys: Spencer Torkelson, Riley Greene, Parker Meadows and Kerry Wood worker. Simply don’t get your hopes up about Javy Baez.

Cleveland Guardians: At

They’ve had the similar downside for eternity: They have got 12 just right pitchers and no person who can hit, apart from for José Ramírez. And so they’re looking to clear up that by way of now not spending cash.

Minnesota Twins: At — or is it under?

The Twins did not anything on the closing date, and their postseason odds have long past up as a result of everyone else has gotten worse. They’re at expectancies however in a unusual, disappointing means.


Oakland A’s: At

They’re as dangerous as anticipated.

Los Angeles Angels: Beneath

The Angels are extraordinarily under expectancies. They had been intended to be just right, and so they’re now not. However, it’s just about precisely what the Angels do yearly. Nonetheless, the post-trade-deadline stretch has been brutal.

Seattle Mariners: At or above

They weren’t nice within the first 3 months, however they’ve been on an absolute tear since July 1 and are recently on a seven-game successful streak. And Julio Rodríguez has been doing the entirety.

Houston Astros: At or under

The Astros are the overall boss of baseball; they aren’t assembly expectancies until they’re successful the department by way of a mile. They’ve been in point of fact just right since they were given wholesome and would possibly nonetheless win the International Sequence, however they’re more than likely disenchanted by way of this season up to now.

Texas Rangers: Approach above

Just right for you, Rangers.


Washington Nationals: Above

They’re the last-place crew within the department, however they’re overperforming expectancies. They have got a .600 successful share in the second one part, and their younger possibilities are doing neatly within the minors.

New York Mets: Approach, means under

The Mets are an enormous unhappiness. Francisco Lindor has been superb, and Pete Alonso has hit numerous house runs, however in a different way, they’re already gearing up for subsequent yr.

Miami Marlins: Approach above

Why are they just right? Pitching. Their rotation is excellent, and their closing date strikes have labored. The reality that they’re going to be enjoying significant baseball in September is a win.

Philadelphia Phillies: At

The Phillies were in point of fact just right in recent times — or no less than in the second one part. They’re assembly expectancies and may just more than likely pass additional within the postseason than their present place would point out.

Atlanta Braves: At or above

We anticipated them to be the most productive crew, and they’re the most productive crew. However they could also be overperforming expectancies. They’re 80-44, 12.5 video games up at the Phillies, the most important department lead in baseball. Gazing this common season, it’s onerous to peer how a crew rather than the Braves goes to succeed in the International Sequence from the NL.


St. Louis Cardinals: Approach under

They’re final and mad at the entirety. Nobody desires to observe this crew.

Pittsburgh Pirates: At

They don’t seem to be just right, and that’s at expectancies. Their early run was once a laugh, but it surely wasn’t actual. They’re additionally extraordinarily younger, and it looks like issues are going to recover in Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati Reds: Approach above

Nobody idea the Reds had been going to be in rivalry, and they’re critically enjoying with area cash. Their best possibilities from the spring at the moment are simply … the lineup, and they’re very a lot within the wild-card hunt. Very good vibes.

Chicago Cubs: At

They’re just right. They got here out of nowhere after the closing date, however they had been additionally looking to be just right, in order that’s at expectancies. The Cubs were given just right at precisely the precise time.

Milwaukee Brewers: At

They’re main the department, which is what’s at all times anticipated for the Brewers. They’re Christian Yelich and a number of dudes you’ll be able to’t title at the offense, after which a in point of fact just right pitching body of workers with Devin Williams and a few different dudes you’ve by no means heard of.


Colorado Rockies: At or under

The Rockies are more than likely worse even than what we imagined. They’re tremendous doomed. They’re going to be horrible for years.

San Diego Padres: Approach under

The Padres are shockingly disappointing. They’re 17.5 video games again within the department and 5.5 video games again within the wild-card race, despite the fact that their playoff odds have remained tenacious (14%). The whole lot says this crew must be solidly within the wild-card race — the entirety apart from their exact report.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Above

They’re best part a sport again within the NL wild card. They’re beating everybody’s expectancies apart from Zach’s. Corbin Carroll is a celebrity.

San Francisco Giants: At or above

They recently hang the final wild-card spot, part a sport under the Cubs and part a sport above the Diamondbacks. We didn’t suppose we’d want to concentrate on them, however we do.

Los Angeles Dodgers: At or above

They’re in point of fact just right. Once more. That’s as anticipated as a result of they’re the Dodgers. However, this was once anticipated to be a sit-back season for the crew, and so they’ve handled numerous accidents, but they’re nonetheless in first position.


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