When a pitcher allows the batters' card to come into play yields an average home run range is 27-32 - actually four home runs out of 64 possible results on the base-8 system (there is no 29 or 30 combo). If you take 30 seconds to type in 9 MLB projected stats to let the google sheet calculate crude cards for Yankee rookies Miguel Andujar and Tyler Austin you see they have fantastic home run ranges of 32-36 and 24-32 respectively. Add the massive Home Run range of 22-34 Giancarlo Stanton who came to the Yankees from Miami after leading baseball in home runs and you realize the new Yankees lineup looks more like the 1927 Yankees than the team that just missed the World Series last year with Aaron Judge and company.
Looking through the cards of the strong players (2-8 or 2-9 pitchers or strong home run/hit range) gained or lost to adjust for how much a team's cards look better or worse than last year, the Statis-Pro rosters rank the Cleveland Indians as tops due to incredible pitching from starters to relievers, and the Yankees seem to be second best behind that line-up with the Astros and Red Sox right behind them and the Angels improved enough to perhaps sneak in as the final wild-card team.
In real life after one month, the first four playoff teams match-up but the Seattle Mariners are ahead of the Angels for the final spot. However, the Indians would only make the playoffs due to the AL Central being very weak, and the Astros starting rotation that looks just above average is actually lights out (top trio is 10-1 with a 1.50 ERA vs. going 55-49 with a 3.88 ERA in their combined two seasons before joining the Astros.
At the end of the season, we will see if the final standings are closer to what they are now or to how good the cards look from last year moved to their current rosters as reflected below. You can play Statis-Pro here or by finding an old game on-line, and you can order cards or make your own using this google sheet. (Notes on my Statis-Pro season are kept here)
|Team||Rating||2017 W||L||Big additions (or full seasons)||Losses|
|Cleveland Indians||10.0||102||60||Chisenhall 28-35 PT, Alonso 24-32||Robertson R 2-8 FA|
|New York Yankees||9.0||91||71||New Stanton (Mia) 22-34 fr Mia, Andujar 31-35, 27-37||Castro 36-41 to Mia|
|Houston Astros||8.6||101||61||Stassi 26-33||None|
|Boston Red Sox||8.6||93||69||Martinez 25-38 Com, Velazquez 2-8R PT,||None|
|Los Angeles Angels||8.0||80||82||Cozart (Cin) 31-36, Upton 26-34 Det, Ohtani 34-38 & 2-8S Japan, Richards 2-8 S PT||Petit 2-8 Rel to Oak|
|Minnesota Twins||6.2||85||77||Reed 2-8 Mets, Morrison 21-28W TB||None|
|Seattle Mariners||5.2||78||84||Nicasio 2-8R Com, Leake 2-8 S PT, Healy 32-36 Oak, Gordon 42 a/a fr Mia||Zych 2-8 R FA|
|Toronto Blue Jays||4.8||76||86||Hernandez 22-34 PT, Grichuk 24-31 StL||Rasmus 27-37 PT to Bal, Leone 2-8R to St Louis|
|Texas Rangers||4.4||78||84||Minor 2-8R KC||None|
|Baltimore Orioles||4.2||75||87||Rasmus 27-37 TB/PT, Beckman 35-42 PT||Castillo 31-37 CWS|
|Chicago White Sox||3.8||67||95||Delmonico 24-32 PT, Castillo 31-37 Balt, Gioliti 2-8 StPT, Avila 2-8 RelLAD,||Cabrera 35-38 Free agent|
|Oakland Athletics||3.4||75||87||Olson 15-32 PT, Petit 2-8 Rel LAA||Alonso 24-33 to Cle , Madson 2-9 to Wash, Healy 32-36 Oak to Sea|
|Kansas City Royals||2.8||80||82||Hosmer 36-42 to SD, Alexander 2-8 Rel LAD, Minor 2-8R Tex|
|Tampa Bay Rays||2.4||80||82||Wendell 42-43||Morrison 21-28W to Minn, Dickerson 33-37 to Pitt, Hunter to Phillies 2-8R, Cishek 2-9R PT,|
|Detroit Tigers||0.0||64||98||CAldelario 41-42 PT,||JD Martinez 27-37 PT, Upton 27-35W|
|AL Average||5.4||81.7||80.3||Ave. AL Batting Card 27-32 HR, Pitcher 2-6|
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