|Posted by Radatz on June 24, 2017 at 1:35 AM|
70+ games into the season, we've just over a week to go before we hit the halfway mark. What do the divisions look like? Why? How? Got my opinions on the Red Sox, maybe you've got some on your guys. Or on anybody.
ALE: The surprising Yankees, despite a recent slump, still sit in first place --- by a percentage (as in per-mil) point. The underperforming Red Sox sit in second. But even the sagging O's and ever-disappointing Jays are within 6 games of the top, with the Rays just 2 1/2 out. It's a close division, but not the juggernaut it used to be. Why is Boston not ahead by 10 games, given this opportunity? Answers: injuries, underperformances, no Ortiz --- and no Lovullo. Instead there's Farrell, an uninspiring, bungling, malapropizing oaf on his good days. Maybe it's less his fault than that of the higher-ups, but Sox fans can cry in their beer at his once-seeming successor sitting in Phoenix with a 93-game-loser. Oh, that was last year. Lovullo has them at .622 so far this year. Some guys just have the touch. Some owners value sales over wins.
ALC: The Tribe has a tentative grip of 1 1/2 on first, having displaced the surprising Twins, who nevertheless aren't folding (yet). The Royals, a true baseball mystery, seem to be waking up, now just 3 out. The Sawx and Tigers bring up the rear, just 7 out each. Mediocre like the East but a shade worse on records, perhaps a shade better in talent... or perhaps not.
ALW: Another mediocre division. How many can you have in one league? But this one has an oddity --- a team that's 12 1/2 games ahead of the pack in Houston. They slumped with injuries but seem to be picking things back up. First team in the majors with 50 wins, .676.
NLE: Mediocre again, but like the ALW with a shining star. That's the Nats, at .603. Nobody else is at .500. They have a 9 game lead. The Mets, anticipated challengers, are already talking fire sale at a receding 12 1/2 out. The Phils are the worst in baseball at .333.
NLC: The best team in baseball last year, the Cubs, have rallied a bit but only the mediocrity of their division props them up to second place, a mere 1 1/2 games back at a mere 1 game over .500. Don't look for 100+ wins this year. The surprising Brewers, 4 games over, sit in first. The rest are all healthily under .500. Still only 8 games separating the division, but... blah. The Brewers are a lot like the Twins --- not really good but still fighting for the top of what's so far another mediocre division.
NLW: Somebody must be winning all those games. Unfortunately, one of them is the repulsive Dodgers at a healthy .649. But they have only a 1 1/2 game lead over Colorado, and a 2-game lead (tied in the loss column) over Arizona, the team Lovullo turned 180*. A division with three teams well over .600. And two in the .300s, one of whom is the Giants, the only team besides Boston with 3 post-millenium titles. Don't count on a comeback. They're 19 1/2 games out --- of 3rd place. That's hard to do in 75 games.
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