Teams that Start the Season Hot....
Here’s a look at the teams who have posted the best records up through April 15th the last 5 years, along with how they finished out their seasons:
2013 Atlanta Braves (11-1)
The Braves have separated themselves from the pack so far this season, an 11-1 record with no other team winning more than 9 games or losing fewer than 4. But what will that mean for Atlanta going forward?
2012 Los Angeles Dodgers (9-1)
Matt Kemp and company opened up the 2012 season with a bang. But a series of Kemp injuries later, the Dodgers found themselves chasing the Giants in the West. And despite a flurry of late-season desperation trades, LA’s 2012 playoff plunge fell short as the team finished the season 86-76, 2 games behind the Cardinals for the last playoff spot.
2012 Texas Rangers (8-2)
Well the 2012 Rangers did the 2012 Dodgers only one better, extending their season to 163 games by playing in the American League’s first ever single elimination Wild Card matchup, but it didn’t get any further than that. So after back-to-back AL Pennants, the 2012 Rangers finished 93-69 without any playoff magic.
2011 Colorado Rockies (11-2)
Yeah, so who else forgot that one? After a hot start, the 2011 Rockies fizzled the rest of the way, finishing the season 73-89, 4th place in the West. Tulo and Car-Go put up big numbers all season, but the rest of the squad failed to follow suit.
2011 Texas Rangers (10-3)
Coming off their 2010 World Series loss, the Rangers picked right back up in 2011. They played 95% of a terrific season and suddenly struggled in the World Series. All in all, distantly the most successful team on this list regardless.
2009 Florida Marlins (7-1)
The ’09 Marlins fought almost all the way to the finish line, closing the season 87-75, 6 games behind the Phillies in the East and 5 games behind the Rockies for the Wild Card. At 87-75, you’re not too disappointed with your season at least - especially in comparison to what the fish could do this year.
2008 Arizona Diamondbacks (10-4)
The D-Backs lost some steam as the season went on, closing out the year 82-80, finishing just 2 games behind the Dodgers in the West and 8 games back of the Brewers for the Wild Card.
2008 St. Louis Cardinals (10-4)
The Cardinals finished the 2008 season 86-76, fourth place in the loaded Central, back when the Cubs and Brewers were forces in their division. And a guy named Pujols took home the MVP honors.
Although only 2 of the above 7 teams made the playoffs (including the 2012 Rangers who only got one game into the post-season), 6 of the 7 teams finished the season above .500 (sorry, Rockies) and stuck pretty close to the playoff picture throughout the season.
So can the Braves become the first team on the list to finish the season as strong as they started?