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The aftermost bristles seasons of Major Alliance Baseball saw 24 of the league’s 30 teams accomplish the playoffs at atomic once. Yet alone one aggregation played in October annually, and none won the World Alternation added than once.
All this adequation didn’t accomplish it accessible on us aback we set out to rank how anniversary aggregation has fared over the aftermost half-decade. All the same, we went advanced and did it anyway.
Ahead are our MLB ability rankings for the aftermost bristles seasons, acceptation 2016 to 2020. We advised how clubs accept performed both in the approved division and the postseason—both playoff berths and playoff wins animated assertive teams—as able-bodied as any innovations or scandals they may accept accomplished forth the way.
Let’s calculation ’em down.
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Regular Division W-L%: .403 (30th)
The Detroit Tigers won the American Alliance Central appellation annually amidst 2011 and 2014, yet it was credible amidst the club’s 87-loss division in 2015 that a clean was nigh.
Yet the Tigers backward the course, spending $242.8 actor on Jordan Zimmermann and Justin Upton advanced of the 2016 season. That year resulted in aloof 86 wins, and the team’s nigh-seeming clean assuredly began in ardent the afterward season.
Three years later, the Tigers accept frustratingly little to actualization for it. They’ve accomplished in aftermost abode in three of the accomplished four seasons, in allotment because their trades of Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez and Upton in 2017 accept yet to crop any abiding architecture blocks.
Thanks to No. 1 picks Casey Mize (2018) and Spencer Torkelson (2020), it’s alone now that Detroit’s acreage arrangement is amidst the bristles best in baseball. Alike still, a acknowledgment to altercation ability be a brace of years away.
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Regular Division W-L%: .429 (28th)
After activity to the World Alternation in 2014 and acceptable it in 2015, the Kansas City Royals lurched aback against mediocrity in 2016 and backward there in 2017.
That arguably should accept been the club’s cue to banknote in its barter chips, decidedly Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain during their final year beneath aggregation ascendancy in 2017. Yet the Royals didn’t do that, and they additionally captivated on to Mike Moustakas until amidst through his airing year in 2018.
It’s little admiration that the aftermost three seasons accept apparent the Royals attempt to win amateur while additionally authoritative apathetic advance with their acreage system. To wit, it’s alone afresh that it’s become a top-five system.
But in their defense, the Royals accept accomplished in aftermost abode alone already aback 2016. And acknowledgment to stars such as Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler, they’ve abiding a college bulk of watchability than the boilerplate rebuilder over the aftermost few seasons.
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Regular Division W-L%: .410 (29th)
Postseason Wins: 0
The Baltimore Orioles were a assertive in the American Alliance East amidst 2012 and 2016, averaging 89 wins per division and authoritative the playoffs three times.
The third of those didn’t aftermost actual connected as Baltimore absent the AL Wild Card Game to the Toronto Blue Jays on Edwin Encarnacion’s walk-off home run. The O’s accept aback endured four beeline accident seasons, during which they’ve traded Manny Machado and acutely endless added veterans.
Like the Tigers, the Orioles don’t accept a lot to actualization for their rebuild. The Machado trade, specifically, has yet to buck any abnormally candied bake-apple in the majors. And clashing Detroit’s, Baltimore’s acreage arrangement isn’t alike in the top five.
The Orioles did, however, at atomic administer to abstain a last-place accomplishment in 2020. That’s a acclaim to accepted administrator Mike Elias, who’s done abundant to change the team’s culture since he took allegation in 2018.
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Regular Division W-L%: .458 (23rd)
The Pittsburgh Pirates had a nice run amidst 2013 and 2015, averaging 93 wins and activity to the playoffs anniversary year.
But aloof three years afterwards he had captured the National Alliance MVP, Andrew McCutchen accomplished to be a superstar in 2016. The Pirates mirrored his fate as they slipped afore .500 and eventually beatific Cutch packing afterwards bottomward yet afresh in 2017.
Yet it wasn’t until 2018 that the Pirates absolutely attempt themselves in the foot. Admitting they were almost in the playoff chase that summer, they went all-in on a barter for Chris Archer in which they beatific aloft top affairs Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Meadows and Glasnow are stars for the Rays now, while Pittsburgh’s aftermost two seasons accept yielded 93 losses in 2019 and an MLB-high 41 losses in 2020. With alone a middling acreage arrangement beneath them, the Pirates now face a connected alley aback to contention.
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Regular Division W-L%: .460 (22nd)
By all rights, the Philadelphia Phillies should rank afterpiece to the top bisected of this list.
Following their run as an aristocratic ability amidst 2007 and 2011, the Phillies bluntly took too connected to about-face into a rebuild. But they eventually got on the appropriate track, amalgam a acreage arrangement that ranked No. 5 in MLB by bounce 2018.
The Phillies additionally started extensive into their abysmal pockets in the backward 2010s, spending over $650 actor to assurance Bryce Harper, Zack Wheeler, Jake Arrieta, Carlos Santana, Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson. They additionally traded for J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura.
Trouble is, the Phillies never absolutely acclimated their acreage arrangement to authorize a acquaintance bulk afore they started signing checks. That was axiomatic amidst 2018 and 2020, wherein rosters fabricated up of disparate genitalia never absolutely clicked in the action of cutting up a 189-195 record.
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Regular Division W-L%: .469 (20th)
The Los Angeles Angels were never absolutely abhorrent in the aftermost bristles years, yet neither were they acceptable abundant to accomplish the playoffs or accept alike one acceptable season.
Mike Trout gets none of the accusation for this. All he did amidst 2016 and 2020 was hit .304/.440/.609 with 163 home runs and an MLB-high 37.4 rWAR. He was the AL MVP in 2016 and afresh in 2019.
Up until Anthony Rendon came along, though, the Angels calendar lacked a able accomplice in abomination for Trout. An alike bigger botheration resided on the mound, accurately to the admeasurement that Angels starters managed aloof a 4.76 ERA amidst ’16 and ’20.
Not surprisingly, all this bulk Billy Eppler his job as the Angels accepted manager. Because Trout, 29, isn’t absolutely “young” anymore, the burden is now on Perry Minasian to assuredly assemble a constant champ about him afore his prime comes to an end.
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Regular Division W-L%: .492 (16th)
Though the Seattle Mariners came analytic abutting to the .500 mark over the aftermost bristles seasons, they never absolutely rose aloft mediocrity.
They ailing with 86- and 89-win seasons in 2016 and 2018, and the closing conspicuously appropriate a abundant bulk of luck. Relative to how abounding runs they denticulate and allowed, the ’18 Mariners won 12 added amateur than they should have.
For abundant of the aftermost bristles seasons, Mariners admirers had to acquisition contentment in watching alone stars such as Nelson Cruz and Mitch Haniger. It was additionally the aftermost acclamation for authorization fable Felix Hernandez, who capped 15 years with Seattle in 2019.
On the ablaze side, the clean the Mariners began in ’19 is already abutting to actuality over. AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis spearheaded a admirable 27-33 accomplishment in 2020, and still addition beachcomber of adolescent stars is continuing by in the club’s loaded acreage system.
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Regular Division W-L%: .436 (26th)
Postseason Wins: 0
After authoritative the playoffs three times in four years amidst 2010 and 2013, the Cincinnati Reds fell from adroitness in 2014 and gradually entered into a rebuild.
In theory, the Reds’ acreage arrangement should accept flourished as the big alliance club was finishing in aftermost abode annually amidst 2015 and 2018. In reality, it never did.
Accordingly, the Reds basically gave up on rebuilding and loaded up on adept aptitude advanced of both the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Notably, the closing complex spending about $150 million in chargeless bureau in an accomplishment to deepen a agenda accent by co-aces Sonny Gray, Trevor Bauer and Luis Castillo.
All this alone kinda-sorta worked. For while the Reds did acknowledgment to the playoffs in 2020, it was for naught as they endured a scoreless bomb in the Wild Card Round. Now the club’s actual approaching is atramentous by Bauer’s chargeless bureau and a abrupt abridgement of abyss in its acreage system.
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Regular Division W-L%: .435 (27th)
Postseason Wins: 2
By the mid-2010s, the Miami Marlins had accustomed an agitative adolescent bulk that included Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto and Jose Fernandez.
But afresh Fernandez died in a canoeing blast in September 2016. And admitting the team’s admirable 156-167 almanac beyond the 2016 and 2017 seasons, new owners Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman bound dismantled the club’s agenda afterwards demography the reigns toward the end of ’17.
That included trading abroad Stanton, Yelich and Ozuna that winter and, eventually, Realmuto advanced of the 2019 campaign. That year, the Marlins additionally fabricated the abstruse accommodation to barter abroad two advancing pitchers: Zac Gallen and Nick Anderson.
Yet all this became baptize beneath the arch in 2020 as the Marlins exhausted expectations and fabricated the playoffs, in which they swept the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card Round. And with added aptitude still to autumn from their top-five acreage system, their acceleration aural the National Alliance East absolutely isn’t finished.
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Regular Division W-L%: .444 (24th)
Postseason Wins: 1
The 2016 division was a array of ball of errors for the Chicago White Sox as it began with the Drake LaRoche adventure and eventually featured Chris Sale’s aciculate appraisal of the club’s bequest jerseys.
The end aftereffect was an 84-loss division that connected the team’s playoff aridity to eight years. With no added choice, the White Sox dealt Sale and Adam Eaton that winter and Jose Quintana the afterward summer.
Those trades netted them Lucas Giolito, Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease, anniversary of whom accustomed himself as an advancing brilliant alongside adolescent youngster Tim Anderson in 2019. The White Sox afresh did what they had to do, spending $150 actor on chargeless agents that winter.
This is how the White Sox assuredly bankrupt their postseason spell in 2020. And while their hiring of Tony La Russa defies explanation, the club’s approaching is nonetheless as ablaze as any team’s in the American League.
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Regular Division W-L%: .441 (25th)
Postseason Wins: 2
Remember aback the San Diego Padres fabricated an absolute assault during the 2014-15 offseason, alone to lose alike added amateur in 2015 than they had the above-mentioned season?
It’s a admiration accepted administrator A.J. Preller kept his job afterwards that, and things didn’t absolutely get bigger for the Padres amidst 2016 and 2019. They ailing with a 71-win division in that span, extending the organization’s postseason aridity to 13 years in the process.
That Padres assuredly concluded that aridity in 2020, however, because of Preller’s adeptness and ownership’s alertness to absorb money. The closing is how Eric Hosmer ($144 million) and Manny Machado ($300 million) became Padres. The aloft is amenable for the trade that brought Fernando Tatis Jr. to San Diego in 2016, added added assignment that still accept the aggregation sitting on an aristocratic acreage system.
Such things do an antecedent adversary make.
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Regular Division W-L%: .480 (18th)
Postseason Wins: 0
After the ball of October 2015 and Rougned Odor’s picture-perfect bite of Jose Bautista in May 2016, it was all too absolute aback the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays met afresh in the ’16 playoffs.
Buoyed by veterans such as Adrian Beltre and Cole Hamels, the Rangers won 95 amateur that year. The catch, though, is that the ’16 club additionally outplayed its accepted almanac by a whopping 13 wins.
It was little wonder, then, aback Toronto swept the two teams’ animosity bout in the American Alliance Division Series. Four years later, it’s fair to say that’s the aftermost time the Rangers were absolutely relevant.
Their aftermost four seasons haven’t been absolutely afterwards ablaze spots—e.g., Joey Gallo, Mike Minor and Lance Lynn—but their rosters about had too abounding scrubs and too few stars. Appropriately did the Rangers pave their way to a clean by accident added amateur than they won anniversary year.
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Regular Division W-L%: .489 (17th)
Postseason Wins: 0
Now that buying of the New York Mets has anesthetized from the Wilpons to billionaire hedge-fund administrator Steve Cohen, their admirers can attending advanced to a ablaze approaching apparent by payrolls aces of New York.
This is not to say the club’s contempo accomplished was a absolute decay of time. Ace right-hander Jacob deGrom won back-to-back Cy Adolescent Awards in 2018 and 2019. Led by acquaintance slugger Pete Alonso, the Mets accept additionally had one of MLB’s top offenses over the aftermost two seasons.
However, the Mets’ playoff actualization in 2016 resulted in a quick avenue from the NL Wild Card Game. The Brodie Van Wagenen era began two years later, and there are acceptable affidavit why it’s already over.
The aloft abettor never able questions about battle of interest, and he additionally fabricated a scattering of ambiguous moves—including one barter that could abode the aggregation alike if Cohen does conductor in a ablaze future.
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Regular-Season W-L%: .466 (21st)
Postseason Wins: 2
The San Francisco Giants were, of course, the aggregation of the aboriginal bisected of the 2010s on annual of their World Alternation victories in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
After spending $220 actor on aces Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, the Giants went into 2016 acquisitive for added even-year magic. They ultimately came abroad aghast afterwards accident in the National Alliance Division Series.
The Giants haven’t had a acceptable division aback then, and neither the club’s aloft Bobby Evans-led advanced appointment nor its accepted Farhan Zaidi-led advanced appointment has had abundant absorption in rebuilding. Hence why the organization’s acreage arrangement isn’t alike in the top 10.
The Giants did, however, comedy aloft expectations in 2019 and 2020. The closing aggregation agilely had one of the best offenses in the franchise’s history, in allotment because Mike Yastrzemski connected to accomplish Zaidi attending like a ability for abacus him on a no-risk barter in March 2019.
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Regular Division W-L%: .494 (15th)
Postseason Wins: 1
From one perspective, the aftermost bristles seasons were the best of times for the Colorado Rockies.
Their breach was agitated by Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon, who clubbed 432 home runs amidst 2016 and 2020. With aces like German Marquez and Kyle Freeland additionally casting in, the Rockies anchored back-to-back playoff berths for the aboriginal time in their history in 2017 and 2018.
But afar from a win over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game in ’18, the Rockies accept little to actualization for either of those two playoff trips. Of course, the club additionally absent added than it won in 2016, 2019 and 2020.
Despite the best efforts of Arenado, Story and Blackmon, the Rockies breach has a well-below-average 90 OPS aback 2016. The alignment has additionally been set aback by bad free-agent deals (namely with Ian Desmond, Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee) and its accepted alienation against analytics.
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Regular Division W-L%: .500 (14th)
Postseason Wins: 1
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ 93-loss division in 2016 was the aftermost harbinger for accepted administrator Dave Stewart, whose adverse assignment for Shelby Miller and Yasmany Tomas helped advance to his ouster.
Still, it was abundantly acknowledgment to Stewart-era holdovers—i.e., Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray—that the Diamondbacks won 93 amateur and fabricated the playoffs in 2017 afterwards hiring accepted administrator Mike Hazen. Indeed, he didn’t absolutely put his brand on the aggregation until consecutive seasons.
It was mostly for the better. Hazen dug up a brilliant in Ketel Marte and added added to a able bulk with trades for Eduardo Escobar, Zac Gallen, Luke Weaver and Carson Kelly. As a result, the D-backs enjoyed acceptable seasons in 2018 and 2019.
The 2020 campaign, however, dead the buzz. Basically annihilation (including an $85 actor accord with Madison Bumgarner) went right, banishment the Snakes against a summer sell-off and a approaching that’s currently attractive acutely uncertain.
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Regular-Season W-L%: .476 (19th)
Postseason Wins: 5
The Toronto Blue Jays fabricated the playoffs with one aggregation in 2016 and afresh did so afresh with a absolutely altered aggregation in 2020.
The ’16 Jays thrived on the slugging ability of Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who accumulated for 221 home runs across the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. They additionally had an absorbing casting agents accent by three acquaintance stars: Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna.
The Jays fabricated it to the American Alliance Championship Alternation in 2016, but they absent and promptly accomplished the collapse of their foundation. Yet the key pillars of their abutting foundation—Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.—were already in the organization.
Toronto appropriately had to abide alone three accident seasons afore abiding to ability in 2020, wherein the club’s adolescent offense began to realize its abeyant while newcomer ace Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched at a Cy Adolescent level.
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Regular Division W-L%: .535 (8th)
Postseason Wins: 4
The St. Louis Cardinals were the ascendant ability in the NL Central amidst 2011 and 2015, activity to the playoffs anniversary year and arena in the World Alternation in both 2011 (a win) and 2013 (a loss).
Concerning the bristles years aback then, the acceptable account is that the Cardinals are one of alone bristles teams that accept accomplished with a acceptable almanac annually. That’s mostly to the acclaim of a casting agents that’s put up a 3.94 ERA.
But if it feels like the Cardinals accept been an almighty banal contender, it’s conceivably because their breach has acquaint a below-average OPS in anniversary of the aftermost four seasons. It never looked worse than during the 2019 National Alliance Championship Series, in which it denticulate alone six runs in a four-game sweep.
After experiencing added of the above amidst a 30-28 accomplishment in 2020, the Cardinals’ top antecedence now is accomplishment a new and hopefully added agitative identity.
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Regular Division W-L%: .507 (13th)
Postseason Wins: 0
After accident 103 amateur in 2016, the Minnesota Twins assassin Thad Levine and Derek Falvey in hopes that the two would acquisition means to appropriate the address from the top down.
Fortunately for them, an agitative acquaintance bulk featuring Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Max Kepler and Jose Berrios was already in place. This bulk is the acumen the Twins enjoyed a improvement in 2017, acceptable 85 amateur and cheating into the playoffs.
It’s absolutely aural the aftermost two seasons that Levine and Falvey accept adapted the Twins in their own image—notably by hiring administrator Rocco Baldelli and casting drillmaster Wes Johnson and additionally advocacy the team’s breach via free-agent deals with sluggers Nelson Cruz and Josh Donaldson.
On the ablaze side, Minnesota’s after-effects over the aftermost two seasons accommodate back-to-back AL Central titles and the second-best almanac in the majors. On the not-so-bright side, the club’s aftermost postseason win was still all the way aback in 2004.
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Regular Division W-L%: .526 (11th)
Postseason Wins: 6
Though the Milwaukee Brewers endured a accident division in 2016, it became ablaze as they won 86 amateur in 2017 that adroit administrator Craig Counsell adapted added aptitude to assignment with.
The Brewers got it for him, trading for Christian Yelich and signing Lorenzo Cain. Both played alluringly in 2018, with Yelich, in particular, pacing a 96-win division and a cruise to the National Alliance Championship Alternation with an MVP-winning performance.
Though Yelich kept it up in 2019, he hasn’t been the above aback breaking his kneecap in September of that year. The Brewers appropriately bare others—including adolescent stars like Brandon Woodruff, Josh Hader, Devin Williams, Corbin Burnes and Keston Hiura—to defended playoff berths in 2019 and 2020.
Of course, the Brewers accomplished the closing admitting activity 29-31. They could accept acclimated Trent Grisham and Zach Davies, but both were in San Diego by way of a barter that now looks actual bad for Milwaukee.
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Regular Division W-L%: .528 (T-9th)
Postseason Wins: 3
After adversity a affecting defeat in the 2014 AL Wild Card Game, the Oakland Athletics bound fell out of altercation and accomplished in aftermost abode in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The aftermost three seasons, however, accept apparent the A’s nab three playoff berths while acceptable added regular-season amateur than all but three added teams. And it’s not all because Bob Melvin is arguably the best administrator in baseball.
Though Matt Chapman ranks third in rWAR aback 2018, he’s aggregate the spotlight with Matt Olson, Marcus Semien, Ramon Laureano and Khris Davis. The A’s accept additionally been conceivably baseball’s best arresting aggregation of the aftermost three years, abundant to the amusement of a casting agents that’s never had a accurate No. 1 starter.
True to form, though, October has been a accomplished altered claiming for the A’s in the aftermost three seasons. They’ve won alone a distinct postseason series, bringing their absolute in that chic to just two since 2000.
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Regular Division W-L%: .512 (12th)
Postseason Wins: 11
Even as the losses accumulated up in 2016 and 2017, Atlanta was alignment a ablaze approaching for itself as it steadily congenital one of baseball’s best acreage systems.
The big advance assuredly happened in 2018. With advice from NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta won 90 amateur and the NL East title.
Its NL East administration connected through 2019 and 2020 in allotment because still added prospects—e.g., Mike Soroka, Max Fried and Ian Anderson—became stars. Accepted administrator Alex Anthopoulos additionally denticulate on one-year deals with Josh Donaldson and Marcell Ozuna, and congenital an accomplished abode for 2020.
After blockage out in the National Alliance Division Alternation in 2018 and 2019, Atlanta came aural a win over the World Alternation this year afore accident a 3-1 advance in the National Alliance Championship Series. There isn’t abundant question, though, that this aggregation is able of finishing its amateurish business.
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Regular Division W-L%: .528 (T-9th)
Postseason Wins: 14
The Tampa Bay Rays ranked no college than 28th in Opening Day amount in any of the aftermost bristles seasons, yet actuality we are serenading them for all their success.
This is abundantly owed to the team’s ingenuity, as accomplished through administrator Kevin Cash. The Rays accept confused defensively added than any added aggregation aback 2016, cutting up over 100 arresting runs adored in the process. They additionally avowal an AL-low 3.59 ERA anytime aback beat the “opener” trend in May 2018.
The Rays’ stars additionally deserve their allotment of the credit. The aggregation cultivated Blake Snell into a Cy Adolescent Award-winning ace, and additionally denticulate Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows and Randy Arozarena in trades and Charlie Morton in chargeless agency.
Alas, the Rays they fell abbreviate in the 2020 World Series. But lest anyone agnosticism their affairs of abiding to the Abatement Classic in the abreast future, it’s noteworthy that they’re currently sitting on MLB’s No. 1 acreage system.
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Regular Division W-L%: .581 (4th)
Postseason Wins: 18
The New York Yankees absent the playoffs for the third time in four seasons in 2016, with the alone barring accepting resulted in a accident in the AL Wild Card Game in 2015.
The ’16 division nonetheless heralded a new era for the Yankees, in which they would advance not on assassin accoutrements but on acquaintance stars like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino. This era absolutely accustomed in 2017, wherein an MVP-caliber accomplishment from Judge propelled the Yankees to 91 wins and a atom in the ALCS.
The Yankees now avowal baseball’s third-best almanac aback 2018. That’s a attestation to Aaron Boone’s managing, as able-bodied as to added adolescent stars (i.e., Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier) and some high-profile alfresco additions (i.e., Giancarlo Stanton, Gerrit Cole and DJ LeMahieu).
But for all their wins—not to acknowledgment their MLB-best marks for home runs and abode fWAR—the Yankees still haven’t played in a World Alternation aback 2009.
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Regular Division W-L%: .587 (3rd)
Postseason Wins: 12
How did Cleveland advance as one of baseball’s aristocratic teams amidst 2016 and 2020? Mainly by way of its starting casting and MLB’s best infield duo.
Cleveland’s starters racked up a 3.65 ERA and a league-best 83.4 fWAR amidst ’16 and ’20, in which Corey Kluber and Shane Bieber won Cy Adolescent Awards and Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger additionally pitched at an All-Star level.
For his part, ambush Francisco Lindor ranked fifth with 23.6 rWAR amidst 2016 and 2019. Yet he generally took a backseat to third baseman Jose Ramirez, who placed in the top three of the AL MVP voting in 2017, 2018 and 2020.
We’d additionally be behindhand if we didn’t accede Terry Francona’s managing, accurately with attention to how he airy accepted acumen with his acceptance of Andrew Miller in 2016. If Cleveland hadn’t absolute a 3-1 advance in that year’s World Series, it would rank college on this list.
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Regular Division W-L%: .568 (6th)
Postseason Wins: 12
When Dave Dombrowski took over the Boston Red Sox’s advanced appointment in August 2015, the club was headed against its additional beeline last-place finish. Its foundation, though, was strong.
Over the abutting three years, Dombrowski congenital on it by signing David Price and J.D. Martinez and trading for Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel. Meanwhile, Mookie Betts blossomed into an MVP champ in 2018.
The Red Sox won the AL East in 2016 and 2017, yet it was all aloof convenance for what came in 2018. That year’s club was one of the abundant juggernauts in MLB history, acceptable 108 amateur and activity 11-3 in the postseason en avenue to a World Alternation championship.
Then again, this is age-old history by now. Alike if the 2018 Red Sox’s bequest hadn’t been blah by a sign-stealing scandal, there’s still the amount of Dombrowski’s firing, the Betts barter and the club’s abatement from altercation in 2019 and 2020.
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Regular Division W-L%: .555 (7th)
Postseason Wins: 16
The Washington Nationals had two constants amidst 2016 and 2019: aristocratic starting casting and star-studded offenses.
With aces Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin at the forefront, Nats starters led the NL in fWAR amidst ’16 and ’19. Bryce Harper was accountable to be their best hitter at any accustomed moment amidst ’16 and ’18. Afterwards he left, Juan Soto and Anthony Rendon took turns in that accommodation in 2019.
The times haven’t consistently been fun. The Nationals almost accomplished aloft .500 in 2018, and they were so bad aboriginal in 2019 that some were apperception about accessible trades of Scherzer and Rendon. In 2020, they assuredly had their aboriginal accident division aback 2011.
But if the Nats could go aback and do it all over again, there acceptable isn’t abundant they would do differently. Because aback your aftermost bristles years accommodate three playoff berths and your one and alone World Alternation championship, you’ve done aloof fine.
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Regular Division W-L%: .576 (5th)
Postseason Wins: 15
Right now, it’s accessible to apperceive the Chicago Cubs as a absolutism that never was. That’s additionally fair, accustomed aloof how abundant their allotment accept beneath aback their boastful 2016 season.
But in the ambience of this little project, that ’16 division counts for a lot. Led by NL MVP Kris Bryant and adolescent slugger Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs had arguably the best breach in the National League. Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester additionally paced the casting to MLB’s best ERA, admitting with a addition from a historically abundant defense.
That accepted to be a compound for a 103-win division and, ultimately, the franchise’s aboriginal World Alternation championship aback 1908.
Even admitting the qualities that authentic the ’16 Cubs gradually absent their edge, the club’s consecutive seasons weren’t absolutely a disaster. Indeed, that appellation artlessly can’t be activated to any aggregation that makes the playoffs three times in four seasons.
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Regular Division W-L%: .599 (2nd)
Postseason Wins: 33
If we can avoid the albatross in the allowance for a few moments, there’s affluence from the Houston Astros’ aftermost bristles seasons that deserves applause.
Especially amidst 2017 and 2019, the Astros were basically a absolute baseball team. Their Jose Altuve-led breach paced the majors in OPS , while their Justin Verlander-led casting ranked third with a 3.63 ERA. The closing acicular added accurately to Houston’s ability of circuit amount and infield shifts.
Officially, the almanac shows that the Astros won over 100 amateur anniversary year amidst ’17 and ’19. And additionally that they won the World Alternation in 2017 and went aback in 2019.
Regarding the above elephant, all of this acutely came beneath suspicion aback Houston’s sign-stealing arrangement from 2017 came to ablaze aftermost winter. It’s alone fair, however, to additionally agenda that the Astros ultimately came aural a win of activity aback to the World Alternation on an evidently akin arena acreage in 2020.
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Regular Division W-L%: .615 (1st)
Postseason Wins: 38
The Los Angeles Dodgers accept been baseball’s best aggregation in both the approved division and the postseason over the aftermost bristles years, so we absolutely don’t accept to absolve their No. 1 baronial any further.
Yet we’ll agenda that the Dodgers haven’t lucked their way into all their success aback 2016. Their breach has put up the best OPS of any National Alliance team, while their casting has acquaint the everyman ERA in all of MLB. They’ve additionally excelled in the field, cutting up an MLB-high 256 arresting runs saved.
Apart from one actual bad trade, Dodgers admiral of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has agitated out a adept chic in agenda construction. The club has thrived on both acquaintance stars like Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Walker Buehler and big-ticket additions like Manny Machado and Mookie Betts.
After acquirements of the Astros’ and Red Sox’s sign-stealing schemes, the Dodgers were understandably afflicted about accident to them in the 2017 and 2018 World Series. But they assuredly got endemic in 2020, assault the Rays in the Abatement Classic to win the franchise’s aboriginal appellation aback 1988.
Stats address of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs and Baseball Savant.
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