August baseball means a few different things for baseball bettors heading down the stretch.
Preseason MLB win totals are beginning to take their final shape with about two months left in the season. And with the trade deadline behind us, the cellar-dwellers are starting to fill their lineups with prospects and nobodies, while World Series contenders are bolstering their rosters, creating an even bigger divide in talent.
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As of right now, here’s where all 30 MLB teams stand in reference to their preseason win total.
Let the late-season sweat begin!
All data entering Aug. 13 games.
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- The 2010 San Diego Padres eclipsed their preseason win total of 71.5 in the 119th game of the year, the quickest to cash in the past decade. The Padres won 90 games that year for the first time since 1998, but failed to make the playoffs.
- In the past five seasons, seven different teams have had their preseason win total decided on the final day of the regular season, including the Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals last season.
- No team entered the 2018 MLB regular season with more than two consecutive seasons going over their preseason win total. Seven different teams were at two straight. On the contrary, the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds entered 2018 with the longest streak of consecutive years finishing below their preseason win total — a total of five seasons, since 2013.
- If you are going to win it all, you’d better go over your preseason win total. Since 2004, only two of the 28 eventual World Series participants went under their preseason win total. The 2012 Detroit Tigers were one. They got swept by the San Francisco Giants after winning 88 games, 4.5 games below their preseason win total (92.5). The other was the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals, who defeated the Tigers in five games after winning just 83 games in a weak NL Central, 11 games below their preseason win total (94).