By Sam Miller, Jason Wojciechowski
The bestselling annual baseball preview from the neatest analysts within the business
Now in its nineteenth variation, the Baseball Prospectus annual exhibits once more the way it turned the chief: The 2014 variation contains key stat different types, extra debatable participant predictions, and the type of clever, witty baseball remark that makes this phone-book-thick tome worthy examining disguise to cover.
Baseball Prospectus 2014 presents myth avid gamers and insiders alike with prescient PECOTA projections, which activities Illustrated has known as ""perhaps the game's so much actual projection model."" nonetheless, stats are only numbers in the event you don't see the bigger context, and Baseball Prospectus brings jointly an elite crew of analysts to supply the definitive examine all thirty teams—their gamers, their clients, and their managers—to clarify away flukes, sizzling streaks, injury-tainted numbers, and park results. Victory, finally, may come all the way down to deciding upon among the meant sleeper and the overvalued customers who won't have the capacity to idiot humans within the express like they've got down at the farm.
Nearly each major-league crew has sought the recommendation of present or former Prospectus writers, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2014 will comprehend what all these enthusiasts were raving about.
""If you're a baseball fan and also you don't comprehend what BP is, you're operating in a mine with no a kind of helmets with the lighting on it.""—Keith Olbermann
""The first time I observed the PECOTA projections, i spotted that somebody in the market understood."" —Jeff Luhnow, basic supervisor, Houston Astros
""For me, each year baseball starts with the large, magnificent, appealing ebook you're maintaining on your palms correct now.""—Joe Posnanski
Baseball Prospectus 2013 thoroughly predicted:
*Disappointing performances by way of Albert Pujols, Dan Haren, Michael Bourn, Justin Upton, and Tommy Hanson.
*Breakouts through Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Kyle Seager, Matt Moore, Shelby Miller, and Jason Kipnis, in addition to bounceback seasons from Jayson Werth and Shin-Soo Choo.
*That Max Scherzer will be a Cy younger contender and Michael Wacha ace-in-waiting for the Cardinals.
*That Wil Myers will be a middle-of-the-order bat for Tampa Bay and Josh Donaldson could eventually win the wealthy Harden exchange for the A's.
*That CC Sabathia's pace drop can be a challenge, yet Felix Hernandez's wouldn't be.
*That Joaquin Benoit, Kenley Jansen, and Koji Uehara have been greater bullpen bets than pre-season nearer alternatives Bruce Rondon, Brandon League, and Joel Hanrahan.
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