2016 MORPS Team Projections

MORPS 2016 team projections posted below.  2015 team projections only picked 50% of the playoff teams which is better than the 2014. We definitely missed on the Kansas City Royals and their World Series win.   On the positive side, we did predict playoff runs for the Mets, Cardinals, Dodgers, Pirates and Blue Jays.  Our only miss in the NL was the Cubs over the Nationals.  The AL is another story.  In addition to the Royals, we also missed on the Astros, Rangers, and Yankees.  Predicting 50% of the playoff participants isn’t bad considering the number of roster changes that happen during the course of the season.  Between 2013 and 2010, MORPS team projections averaged 73%.  We are hoping move in that direction this year.

This year’s team projections are as follows:

American League

2014 AL East

Wins

Losses

Toronto

90

72

Boston

83

79

Tampa Bay

81

81

Baltimore

78

84

New York

75

87

2014 AL Central

Wins

Losses

Cleveland

88

74

Detroit

83

79

Chicago

80

82

Minnesota

77

85

Kansas City

73

89

2014 AL West

Wins

Losses

Seattle

87

75

Houston

86

76

Texas

82

80

Los Angeles

78

84

Oakland

77

85

 

National League

2014 NL East

Wins

Losses

New York

97

65

Washington

87

75

Miami

81

81

Atlanta

67

95

Philadelphia

64

98

2014 NL Central

Wins

Losses

Chicago

92

70

Saint Louis

84

78

Pittsburgh

82

80

Cincinnati

75

87

Milwaukee

74

88

2014 NL West

Wins

Losses

Los Angeles

95

67

San Francisco

88

74

Arizona

81

81

San Diego

73

89

Colorado

71

91

The Division winners in the NL are New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles with Washington and San Francisco slipping in as the wild card teams.  The division winners are certainly not a surprise nor are the wildcard teams.  The American League Division winners will be Toronto, Cleveland, and Seattle with Houston as a wildcard team.  Boston and Detroit will play a one game playoff to determine the last wildcard spot.  Unlike the NL, MORPS predictions in the AL will be s surprise to most.  USA Today has Cleveland finishing third and Seattle fourth.

While the team with the most wins don’t always do that well in the playoffs, such distinctions can’t be made with a projection system built around “Runs Created” and “Runs Allowed”.   MORPS is projecting an AL championship between Cleveland and Toronto with Toronto going to the world series.  In the National League it will be Los Angeles versus New York with the Mets going to the world series.  MORPS projects that the New York Mets will win the series in 6 games.

Those that want more information on the projection methodology can click here.

As always, feel free to post your comments.

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