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Batting Around: What team has been most surprising in 2022 MLB season — good or bad?

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Throughout the season, CBS Sports MLB experts will host a weekly Batting Around roundtable for you, in which almost everything is sorted out. Breaking news, historical issue, thoughts on the future of baseball and all that. Last week, we detailed what we would like to receive in exchange for the iconic baseball.. This week we are going to discuss the biggest surprises of 2022.

Which team surprised you the most this season, good or bad?

R.J. Anderson: There are several teams that suit me in all respects in any direction. I’ve been too bearish on the Guardians and Orioles and too optimistic on the Twins, White Sox and Angels. I suspect others will pick the Orioles and White Sox, so I’ll be playing with the Guardians. I certainly expected a stellar performance from Shane Bieber and Jose Ramirez, but I underestimated their supporting cast – and I definitely didn’t see Andres Jimenez deliver such an aggressive performance. (Don’t make me start with Oscar Gonzalez.) Thanks to the Guardians players, their coaching staff, and front office staff for making me look more like a clown than usual.

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Matt Snyder: With a lot of support from the Guardians and sneakers for the White Sox, I’m going with the Orioles. Going into the season, the Orioles had 62.5 over/under gambling wins. It was the lowest record in all of baseball, a horrendously low number, and those who gamble understand that it is a full eight wins short of what was set for players like the A’s and Nationals. Not only did they have to be bad, but if we look at the expectations of their peers, they had to deal with the strongest quartet in any division. They started badly as expected, ace John Means had to undergo Tommy John surgery and it looked like another 100-loss season. Instead, they will go from 52-110 to a likely winning record despite one of the toughest statistical charts in baseball.

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For me, if we’re looking at any of the other picks here, you could squint to see the result we’ve seen this season. With the Orioles, anyone who predicted a win record in 2022 back in the spring would be completely ignored on the grounds that the person is not trustworthy and there is little reason to even argue. And yet, we are here.

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Dane Perry: I was also really surprised at how good the Guardians and Orioles are, but I’ll go in the other direction and say Giants. I certainly expected them to come back to earth in 2022 after winning 107 games last year, but I didn’t quite expect the level of regression to “go worse by 30 games”. I think the lesson is that you need cutting edge talent to compete in the non-central divisions and the giants don’t have that much. Retreads may not get you that far.

Mike Axisa: Yes, the Guardians and Orioles are 1-2 for me, in that order. No. 3 – Tigers. I didn’t expect them to be goodnote, but I thought they would take a few steps forward and become a .500 team in this division after adding a few more young players (like Spencer Thorkelson and Riley Greene) to the roster. Instead, they will lose 95-plus games for the fourth time in the last five seasons in 162 games (they also played at a rate of 98 in 2020). We all refer to the Astros and Cubs as recovery success stories, and understandably so. This is the other side of the coin. The Tigers have been rebuilding for half a century and still aren’t particularly close to rivalry. Such a rollback in 2022 is a big disappointment.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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