Wrapping Up 2013: A Look Back At My Season Predictions

2013 was supposed to be a banner season for the Toronto Blue Jays. After an offseason full of wheeling and dealing, the Jays were supposed to make the playoffs and push for a World Series. Sadly, they were terrible, and the playoff drought lives on.

But it wasn’t just the Jays that fell victim to the weight of expectations. San Francisco, Washington, and the Angels all finished well below where pundits thought they would, while teams like the Red Sox and Pirates vastly outperformed predictions.

My predictions were no exception – they were awful.

With baseball’s offseason officially underway, let’s take a moment to look back on just how bad 2013 actually was.

2013 Final AL Standings

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knew Detroit would be good and Seattle and Houston would be bad, and also correctly picked the Rays to make the playoffs. Other than that? Please look away.

2013 Final NL Standings

Apparently I have a knack for picking last place teams, as I nailed Miami, Chicago, and Colorado. I also got 60% of the playoff teams right with Atlanta, LA, and Cincinnati. Not great, but not bad.

2013 Final AL Stat Leaders

Not too far off on the Trout and Nathan picks, but injuries and off years for Bautista, Pujols, Price, Morrow, and Verlander did me in.

2013 Final NL Stat Leaders

I got Kimbrel right!

2013 Playoffs

Very, very, very ugly. But hey – at least the Reds made the playoffs!

2013 Awards Misc

Wil Myers as Rookie of the Year was a good choice, and both Eric Hosmer and Adrian Gonzalez had pretty good seasons – they just weren’t recognized by MLB. Most Disappointing Player isn’t an actual award handed out, and while Youkilis was awful, it’s hard to argue against Josh Johnson.

So there you have it. Another year of predictions comes and goes, and with that we can officially, and mercifully, close the book on the 2013 MLB season.

At last.

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