The MLB season is in full swing now. Most teams have played almost 60 of the 162 regular season games and have settled down into an early pecking order. It is important to note that very little can be read into the standings at this stage. Teams are still settling, pitchers are still warming up, and a lot of teams don’t really start to fire till mid-summer/post all-star break. The following is a shake-down of the standings to date.
AL East (Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles, Devil Rays)
A bit of a surprise here as
The standings between places 2-4 could change over night and the Yankees could be second by tomorrow. All four are well of ahead of
AL Central (White Sox, twins, Indians, Tigers, Royals)
This year's form team with 35 wins, the Chicago White Sox, still lead this division by about 6 games over my early pick, the Twins. It won’t last, and the twins will win. Everyone else is 5-6 games back of
My advice to Hadyn, probably hold off on the plans for a fall classic coronation, for perhaps the next 10-15 years. The MLB draft doesn’t always have a huge effect, but 10 number one picks in a row must make a difference sometime, surely.
[Ed: I only think the name (KC Royals) is cool, my actual team (if i really bothered to follow baseball at all) is the Twins]
Al West (Rangers, Mariners, Angels, Athletics)
The Rangers have just won their 9th straight game and have snuck back to the top of the standings in the west, ½ a game ahead of the Angels. The Mariners and the A’s are about 10 games back, but this division usually has one very late starter who can sneak up and steal a wild card from some in the east before anyone realises what’s happened.
A’s fans would like to think it will be them but with the formerly formidable pitching rotation now in tatters (Mark Mulder is pitching up a storm in
NL East (Marlins, Braves, Capitals, Mets, Phillies)
This is the tightest race of all and your guess is as good as mine for an outright winner. The Florida Marlins lead this race with a 27-22 record. They head off Atlanta who aren’t any games behind, have a 28-23 record and lower average but due to the odd system the MLB has for calculating mid season standing (cos you have to take into consideration the games you play against the your fellow division stable-mates), they are pretty much dead even.
First and last are separated by only 3 ½ games with the Phillies bringing up the rear. This should be a close contest but its still my pick of the Marlins to slip the shackles of the Braves and rob them of NL East title for the first time in about 10 years, perhaps more.
NL Central (Cardinals, Cubs, Astros, Brewers, Pirates, Reds)
What a surprise, the Cardinals (32-18) and the Cubs (26-24) lead this party. The biggest surprise is that the team with the best pitcher in the league (
The Cubs don’t lead the Pirates and Brewers by much, 1 & 1 ½ games, but they will pull away.
NL West (
Last and, I reckon, least, is the NL West. Just a bunch of BALCO supporting
As I said earlier, it’s still far to early to make accurate predictions. Things really start to get interesting after the all-star break which is being hosted by ALC’s Detroit Tigers. I’ll do a post shortly on who the leading contenders are for starting spots. Random stats, A-rod (Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees) leads the league in Home Runs (17), Kenny Rogers - Texas, in wins (7), and Reed Johnson of the Toronto Blue Jays must be really ugly, have slept with a lot of players missus or have some sort of baseball magnet in his skull, coz hes been hit by the pitch (an MLB leading) 9 times.