Six months and 2,430 games later, we have our 10 surviving teams. While I'd like to say that I predicted all 10 of these teams to make the playoffs -- that's my story as long as nobody looks back at what I wrote in March -- the playoffs are a new start.
So, it's time for a new set of projections, ranking each team by their basic elements (lineup, rotation, bullpen, manager). We'll start with the lineups as we have to start off somewhere, and this stat nerd needs some time to psychologically come to terms with the nice things I have to say about Dusty Baker's 2017.
10. Colorado Rockies: Here's the part where I play "mean Dan," bashing the Rockies' offense because of the magic of Coors Field, but it's hard to ignore the park with the greatest effect on offense in modern baseball history. Of the teams in the playoffs, only the Rockies and Red Sox had an OPS+ below league average in 2017. The Rockies have two legitimate MVP candidates in Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, but the offense really is weak elsewhere, with only DJ LeMahieu clearly above average. ZiPS is still optimistic about Jonathan Lucroy, but trading for him wasn't enough of an addition to make up for the rest of the team, given the quality of offenses the team will be facing. This was a Blackmon/Arenado/Pitching team.