2013 Baseball Preview Numerology

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The ages of A.J. Burnett, Jason Grilli and Clint Barmes aren't the only numbers fans should have their eye on as the 2013 season begins. A look around the majors:

1

Win needed by Phiiladelphia's Roy Halladay to become the 109th pitcher to win 200 games. He gets his first shot at it Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

3.67

Million dollars the average MLB salary is projected to be in 2013 -- up about $200,000 from 2012.

5

Wins needed by Yankees veteran Andy Pettitte to become the 45th pitcher to win 250 games.

25

Home runs needed by Angels slugger Albert Pujols to become the 26th player to hit 500.

39

Wins needed by the Pirates to become the sixth team to win 10,000 games.

42

The number Jackie Robinson wore with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the title of a film to be released April 12 about the man who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. In the movie, Chadwick Boseman plays Robinson and Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey.

46

Wins needed by Giants manager Bruce Bochy to become the 21st manager to win 1,500 games.

100

Approximate sets of brothers to play together in the major leagues, according to Baseball Almanac. The Upton brothers -- B.J. and Justin -- will join that list Monday in Atlanta when the Braves open against the Phillies.

1993

The most recent year the Toronto Blue Jays made the postseason -- the second-longest streak in the American League after Kansas City. With that in mind, at 8-1 odds (see below) the Blue Jays are picked not just to end the drought but are the co-second favorite to win the World Series.

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