To paraphrase Tommy Lasorda: You win 54, you lose 54, and it's about what you do with the other 54.
These teams did OK with those "other" games in 2016, but don't expect them to have the same win total in 2017:
Seattle Mariners (86 wins in 2016)
The Mariners had an incredibly active offseason, but did GM Jerry Dipoto actually make his team better than the 86-win outfit from last year? There's no clear consensus.
There are a lot of factors in play, but there's a house of cards effect to consider in the Emerald City, especially if there are problems at the top of the rotation.
Remember how excited everyone was about the Arizona Diamondbacks last year? What about the Padres the year before that? There's a lot of that same voodoo happening in Seattle. Maybe the Mariners surge and contend for the AL West, but the floor is low for this team.
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Chicago Cubs (103 wins in 2016)
Put down your pitchforks, Cubs fans – this team is still the hands-down favorite in the National League.
They're just not going to win 100 games again.
There's too much concern about the starting rotation's durability to get back to 103 in 2016. And even an excellent 95-win season is a significant drop.
Detroit Tigers (86 wins in 2016)
The Tigers have .500 written all over them — even with the best hitter of a generation hitting third and some intriguing young talent on the 40-man roster.
But it all comes down to starting pitching and the Tigers squeezed by in 2016. Michael Fulmer won the Rookie of the Year last season, but his numbers indicate that some regression is due. How much regression is the big question, but the Tigers are dealing with fine margins.
And can Detroit trust that Justin Verlander, who was declared dead after dipping 2014 and 2015 seasons, is going to be a Cy Young contender this season?
There's not much difference between a team that wins 75 games and a team that wins 81 — a lot of that is luck. Will the Tigers have it in 2017?
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Chicago White Sox (78 wins in 2016)
I was shocked — downright shocked — that the White Sox won 78 games in 2016. My recollection of the season was that after a hot start, the team imploded in exotic ways for the next five months.
Either way, the White Sox are in full rebuilding mode and have no interest in competing in 2017 (or 2018). While 100 losses might be a bit too much to predict — they still have some talent — the White Sox are almost certainly going to have 90 losses this season.
At least they're going for that, though.
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Texas Rangers (95 wins in 2016)
Regression is mean, and the Rangers are poised to find that out in 2017.
The luckiest team in the history of baseball (95 wins with a run differential of +8 — EIGHT!) has the offense to compete in what might be the toughest division in baseball — the suddenly wildly competitive (save for the A's, who could flirt with .500 this year) AL West — but the rotation is a mess after Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels.
If either of those two aces goes down, so will the Rangers' record. BaseRuns predicts a .500 season for the Rangers, but if things go poorly early, Texas could go into sell mode and flirt with 90 losses.