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The Halfway Point

Posted by Radatz on July 2, 2017 at 11:30 PM

A day before the 4th, we're close enough to the actual halfway point for jazz. Some are at 81 games, some over, some under. So it begs the obligatory summary. How do the divisions look? Predictably not as unpredictable as perhaps a month ago, but still with some surprises.

ALE: John Farrell blessed the Red Sox with his absence for a couple of games this past week and the team responded predictably, playing their best ball of the season so far. They opened a 3-game lead over NY, reaching .573, but with a threatening series in hot Texas looming and no travel day from Toronto. Still, only 9.5 games separate the entire division. A run or a slump by anybody could turn things upside down.

ALC: The Indians have gotten some help lately from the slumping Twins who now sit 3 back. Not, however, from the Royals, who also sit 3 back. This division is even tighter than the ALE with but 8 games of separation top to bottom.

ALW: If you've been waiting for Houston to come down to earth, keep the telescope oiled. The Astros lead baseball with a remarkable .675 percentage, and their division by an equally remarkable 14.5 games over 2nd-place LA/Anaheim/Whatever. Six games separate the 'bottom four', one of whom (Angels) are as high as .500.

NLE: The Nats have slid to .580, still good enough for a 7 game lead over sub-.500 Atlanta, who've actually picked up all of the last 3 games in the standings. If it continues it may get interesting someday.

NLC: The highly-dissed underdog Brewers continue to confound with a 2-game lead. The Cubs continue to confound as they sit at .500. The Cards have been hot lately, but still sit 2 games under .500. The battle for first, featuring two teams with a combined 4 games over .500, may not be the classic battle of the titans, but it's the hottest battle in the majors at this point.

NLW: The Dodgers, at a lofty .655, still sit in first with the Lovullo-led Dbacks 2.5 games back at .627. Colorado has come down from a long high. They haven't crashed yet, but it could happen anytime. They're now 7 out. LA is nearly at Houston's level, but unlike Houston they have a competitor and sit in what is currently the second-hottest battle for first in baseball.

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Reply vapor5
5:58 AM on July 3, 2017 
Around Mmeorial days most of the baseball pundits predicted that KC was toast. One day those folks may grasp how long a season MLB plays.
The O's starting pitchers are what we thought they were in March.
Reply Ferociousjane
7:51 PM on July 4, 2017 
I was wondering how you were going to juggle your disdain for Farrell with the way the Red Sox have been playing.
Trading for Sale was huge. With his skill and the run support from that lineup I would be surprised if he's not the CY Young favorite this year.
Reply Radatz
8:48 PM on July 4, 2017 
He should have been gone 2 years ago. The guy who took his place turned the team around 180 and now he's turned Zona around 180. He inspires his players. Fathead manages like a computer program.
Reply Ark_Razor
6:01 PM on July 8, 2017 
I would love a Daja-Stro series. Then I can hate on the Dajas like the old days.