Yankees win the sAL East


If we’ve learned anything over the past six months, it’s that spreadsheets love the Yankees. Back in October, on the eve of the ALCS against the Angels, we found out that the Yankees won the sALCS. Clay Davenport of Baseball Prospectus ran simulations of the ALCS and then World Series and the Yankees came out on top more frequently than their opponents. This time SG at Replacement Level has done it, and you can expect a familiar result.

He explains his methodology, which involves running five projection systems through 1,000 Diamond Mind simulations. He puts them all together and outputs projected standings. You can see the NL results at the methodology link, and you can see the AL here. The Yankees won the AL East 40.7 percent of the time, with the Red Sox winning 30.3 percent. We ran the numbers for many of these projection systems in our 2010 season preview series, and little, other than Javy’s aggressive projection, stood out. Everything’s relative, though.

SG did a fantastic job here, writing up capsules for each team and creating some neat pie charts. I’ll share my favorite with you. Head over to see the rest.

When I read these posts I couldn’t help but think of my favorite FJM ever.


  1. bexarama says:

    but but but I thought we already lost the spreadsheet AL East and had given up on the season!

    Also, the old, tacky Tampa Bay logo/font/color will never cease to amuse me

  2. Ellis says:

    How do the Orioles win 3% of the time?

    • Dirty Pena says:

      Matusz, Bergeson, Hernandez, (eventually) Tillman all pitch well. Millwood and Guthrie pitch average (or get injured, opening the door for Tillman.) Wieters lives up to the hype, Atkins bounces back to medicrity, Roberts is Roberts, Adam Jones, Markakis, Reimold, Pie have good years, etc etc. It’s not THAT far fetched.

      Oh yeah also the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays suffer debilitating injuries and/or age-related downturns.

  3. I always wonder about that 1 percent of the time when the Blue Jays win the sAL East. What has to happen or go wrong for Toronto to emerge victorious — everything?

    • bexarama says:

      Roy Halladay becomes terribly confused and switches everyone’s uniforms from Philly with everyone’s uniforms from Toronto?

    • Dirty Pena says:

      Jose Bautista raises his career OBP by .100 and for the first time steals more than 6 bases.

      /Seriously, what in Mo’s name is he doing as a leadoff hitter?

    • whozat says:

      Yeah, literally everything:

      1) Jeter, Posada, ARod, Drew, Ortiz, Cameron, Lackey, Beckett, Burnett, Pettitte, Upton, Pena, Soriano, Roberts, Rivera and Okajima get hurt and/or old n’shitty

      2) Cano, Hughes, Joba, Buchholz, Papelbon, Ellsbury, Scutaro, Wieters, Jones, and the whole young Rays and Orioles pitching staves take a step back/suffer growing pains

      3) All the Jays pitchers coming off injury rebound in a big way, Hill is for real, Lind and Snyder take a big step forward, 2007 Wells shows up, Overbay produces again and…I guess that’s enough since everyone else in the division died.

      If 2010 happened a thousand times…a lot of that could happen a couple times, right?

    • Joey says:

      That was the first thing I thought of also, how the hell did the Jays win even 1% of the time?

    • Kevin G. says:

      Drunk Jays Fans become owners of MLB?

    • What has to happen or go wrong for Toronto to emerge victorious

      Those fake umpires in Toronto kidnap the real ones, clone themselves, and officiate every single Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, and Orioles game?

  4. Dirty Pena says:

    Sigh. Fire Joe Morgan- talk about going out on top. It’s still in my tabs at the top of the page and I never want to take it down. Fucking Community or Parks and Recreation or whatever.

    • bexarama says:

      I read that site pretty much all the way through a couple of weeks ago. It’s incredible. Everything there is so unbelievably funny and smart and insightful and well-written. And that says a lot, considering they called Pettitte a hypocritical, sanctimonious douchebag in one post, and they’re pretty open Jeter haters. You wouldn’t think I would like a site like that, but it’s like my favorite baseball-related site ever.

  5. pat says:

    SG is like a freaking mad scientist.

  6. Is there a reason the pie chart has the old green “Devil Rays” logo?

    It’s 2010, man. Roll with the new.

  7. smurfy says:

    You want modern, man? Nice show, but the 3D perspective makes the Yankees’ 40% looks barely bigger than the Red Sox’ fancy slice.

    “bout like a lot of these extrapolated “stats.”

    And how about the cartoon cat peeking out the Oriole’s slice? He probably ate the Blue Jay, too.

    • SG says:

      Nice show, but the 3D perspective makes the Yankees’ 40% looks barely bigger than the Red Sox’ fancy slice.

      I guess it’s a good thing you’re smart enough to understand that 41% > 30% then.

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