15th place finish
Favorite offseason move: traded two 5th round picks for Giancarlo Stanton
Favorite draft pick: Ty Madden in 2nd round
Best auction find: Reiver Sanmartin $15
The success of Chaos’s season will come down to his pitching. He has a rotation headlined by Ian Anderson and Dylan Cease, but after that, he’s gonna need help from the baseball gods. I could easily see Tanner Houck or Cal Quantill joining his top two. Either a couple youngsters have to figure it out, or Dallas Keuchel and Chris Archer need to find the fountain of youth for him to be competitive this year. The offense is fun however. Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley offer some balance to a team with streaky hitters like Pete Alonso and Giancarlo Stanton. Chaos has a number of guys with question marks behind them. Nico Hoerner is an impact bat, but needs to stay healthy. Cavan Biggio’s strategy to try and walk every at bat hasn’t worked. How long can a competitive Blue Jays team be patient with him? Can swing happy Austin Hays stay consistent? All three have big upside, but 2022 feels like make or break time for these guys. I also like Nolan Gorman, Royce Lewis, and JJ Bleday waiting in the wings to help contribute to the squad.
This offseason Chaos used his massive available budget to acquire Giancarlo basically for free and take a number of dart throws at pitching in the auction. I like getting Ty Madden in the second round. I think there’s legitimate reliever risk with him, but Detroit will give him every chance to start. Reiver Sanmartin is getting some spring training buzz, and someone has to pitch for the Reds. Why not him?
I still think a lot has to break right for Chaos to be in the playoff hunt. The offense has some highlights, but the pitching is a roller coaster. Cross your fingers and hope that Druw Jones falls in your lap.
2022 prediction: Iosim Bowl participant