Obviously, MLB is in a tough spot right now with the current lockout but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead. We have 8 weeks before the regular season is expected to start so I wanted to do an in-depth dive into each of the divisions, season win totals, awards, and World Series futures, along with sharing some sort of insight into how to analyze teams.
We have to acknowledge a couple things for the upcoming season first. Free agency still isn’t over, and there are many free agents, like Carlos Correa, who have not signed that could make a big impact. For that reason, I am going to start with the divisions that are least likely to have a big impact signing before the season starts, with the hopes that free agency starts back up by the time the last few articles are written.
However, this isn’t a perfect world so just assume that all the odds I am working with are current and that things are fluid if a major signing occurs.