Tuesday, May 10, 2011

These division races will have more turns than Indy

AL West – Top to Bottom 3.5 game separation – The Angles ma lead at the time this was written but it is subject to change on an hourly basis. .556 is the worst of all six division leaders, and a 8-9 home record is as well, but they’re doing it on the road (.631) and you know that .470 record will not last at the Big A. Oakland is right behind them just a game back with a very similar resume, 8-9 at home and 11-9 on the road, but have won 3 of their last 4 including 2/3 with KC, and a split with Cleveland (funny when was the last time that would have been impressive?) , and have taken the first of 3 with the Rangers. Of course the talk of the town is Trevor Cahill who has improved to 6-0 with an ERA of 1.72 it’s a good thing they brought him as his six wins are just about a third of the club’s total. The defending AL Champs got out to the good start but now are just 18-18 after dropping 7 of 10. The loss of Big Josh is really starting to show now as they could sure use the added stick in the lineup as they are just +7 on run differential (and that’s with being 3rd in runs and slugging pct)but the timely hitting just isn’t there like it was last year. Then there’s Seattle just 3.5 back but in this division it must seem like 12. I just want to see Ichiro in the post season ONE TIME before he enters the Hall. It would be a shame not to see him play seven games in a row that actually mean something.

NL Central – Top to Bottom 7 game separation – The Cardinals have rebounded from a very inauspicious start to lead the division at the 35-game mark and even without Albert being Albert (just .248 this season) the Cards are still top in MLB in three of the four major offensive categories and 2nd in the fourth. A positive run differential of 44 is best in the and second only to the Indians (yes, Indians!) in the league. Conventional wisdom would figure when they get healthy between the ears they’ll extend the lead but they have a mob chasing them. Cincinnati is right behind them just a game back and will pay a visit to the Arch this weekend for a three-game set, and just down the road a three-game interleague showdown with their Ohio rivals, the Indians, who just happen to have the best record in baseball. The Pirates have been called the worst franchise in all of team sports and they’re working hard to banish that dubious claim to fame and this year has been a step in the right direction as they play hard, exciting baseball and do it more with speed and consistency than with the long ball. The closest to the top they’ve been since Barry had a 30-inch waist, they’ve won 3 straight and with seven games coming up with the Brewers, Nats, and Reds can actually be sitting on top of the division by May 19th.

Up next.....the AL East.

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