So what was the offseason like for Mumbai? Were they a flash in the pan or beginning a dynasty.... stay tuned. Here is the breakdown of the 2040 Mumbai Metro Stars
So let's take a look at the preseason predictions, as brought to you by the official ootp prognosticator, it doesn't look good. They are put dead last in the league, with a projected record of 74-88. Frankly, this causes me to completely lose any faith in this prognosticator. While I don't expect them to repeat the fantastic season of a year ago, I think this is a tremendous undersell of the team, as we shall see.
Note that ratings below are in comparison to BBA: generally, UMEBA ratings are almost twice as high for overall, and generally about one point higher for the individual skills. On average:
45: these are your all-star players
40: good, solid everyday players
35: could platoon, start, or play secondary roles on team.
30: replacement level
Let's take a look at the pen:
|Hsin-pei 'Doodle' Guo||R||MR||35/35||5||4||8|
|Mike 'Kid Rock' Manning||L||CL||30/30||5||6||5|
Overall, I would grade them at B-/C+ for pitching.
Grade: A (it will be an A+ if Quexida reaches his potential during the season).
|Robert 'Chancellor' Gowron||RF||R||40/40||6||7||8||3||3||5|
|José 'Oz' Olivarez||DH/LF||R||30/35||7||6||3||4||9||1|
The outfield is capable. Gowron is awesome at the plate and adequate on defense (and he has a rocket for an arm). The platoon of Williams and Olivarez at DH is acceptable, but not special. And MacCrain has great range in the outfield --- I suspect the reason that he is projected as a 35 is that he is still training at CF, as his DEF should be a bit better than it is currently showing (maybe an 8 instead of a 7). The weakness is in Left Field. Fernandez has ok defense, but hits more like a middle infielder. If I were managing the team I would really like to get someone with more contact there. Another weakness is that there is nobody except for MacCrain who can play center field. I might suggest moving McDaniel down to the minors and bring up somebody that can backup MacCrain. Overall, I would give this team a C in the outfield.
So what's the verdict? I think that, based on the way the team is currently constructed, it is pretty average. It has a weak infield, good catching, but average outfield and pitching. However, there is still budget room to get a few more guys. If they can bring in a great closer, improve their middle infield, and backup their Center fielder, they could really make a noise this year. The intangible is that the team is really well tailored to their ballpark, which should give them a slight boost.
Prediction for 2040: 81-81, as currently constructed, finishing in third place in BANC. But with some improvements they could potentially get up to maybe 90 wins, and be a wild card team. But they are unlikely to repeat as champions.