Feb 27, 2013: How predictable is spring training?
Submitted by BTGrimes on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 6:00am
Do Spring records matter?
ARIZONA & FLORIDA - The 2013 Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues are in full swing in Arizona and Florida. How predictable are spring won-loss records to regular season records?
Most of the teams that made it to the post-season in 2012 had decent springs a year ago (see below). The ultimate World Series champ San Francisco Giants had the 3rd best record in the Arizona Cactus League. The exceptions were the Rangers, Nationals and Braves, who had decidedly subpar springs.
The team with the best record in the Cactus League in 2012, the Oakland A's, made it to the playoffs. However, the team with the best record in the Grapefruit League, and in fact all of baseball last spring, the Toronto BlueJays, saw no post-season action.
Here are the teams that made the playoffs last year, and how they did in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues:
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