Wednesday, July 13, 2011

At the Break

 Here we are once again mid way through the MLB season, yesterday was the Homerun Derby, can I just say that Robinson Cano is a machine, he hit 31 dingers. The next best was Adrian Gonzalez with 30, both are amazing feets and no one else was even close to catching these monsters. Congratulations also go out to Derek Jeter on reaching and passing the 3000 hit milestone. This just guarantees he'll be in the MLB Hall of Fame not that there was any question.

So what does the rest of the season have in store for us? The standings as of today are...

American League
East
Team
W
L
Pct.
GB
My Projected
Boston
55
35
.611
-
Boston
NY Yankees
53
35
.602
1
NY Yankees
Tampa Bay
49
41
.544
6
Tampa Bay
Toronto
45
47
.489
11
Toronto
Baltimore
36
52
.409
18
Baltimore
Central
Detroit
49
43
.533
-
Minnesota
Cleveland
47
42
.528
.5
Chi White Sox
Chi White Sox
44
48
.478
5
Detroit
Minnesota
41
48
.461
6.5
Cleveland
Kansas City
37
54
.407
11.5
Kansas City
West
Texas
51
41
.626
-
Oakland
LA Angels
50
43
.587
1
Texas
Seattle
43
48
.473
7.5
LA Angels
Oakland
39
53
.424
12
Seattle
National League
East
Team
W
L
Pct.
GB
My Projected
Philadelphia
57
34
.626
-
Philadelphia
Atlanta
54
38
.587
3.5
Atlanta
NY Mets
46
45
.505
11
Washington
Washington
46
46
.500
11.5
Florida
Florida
43
48
.473
14
NY Mets
Central
Milwaukee
49
43
.533
-
St. Louis
St. Louis
49
43
.533
-
Milwaukee
Pittsburgh
47
43
.522
1
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
45
47
.489
4
Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs
37
55
.402
12
Houston
Houston
30
62
.326
19
Pittsburgh
West
San Francisco
52
40
0.565
-
San Francisco
Arizona
49
43
0.533
3
Colorado
Colorado
43
48
0.473
8.5
LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers
41
51
0.446
11
San Diego
San Diego
40
52
0.435
12
Arizona


As you can see I added my preseason predictions to the last column of the standings. There have been some surprises so far: like the poor start that Boston had at the beginning of the year and how bad Houston actually is, god they are awful. An other surprise was the hot start that Cleveland had but they really were playing over their heads and are now starting to come back to reality. I don't think that they can keep up the pace that they were on. Especially now that the Twins' health has improved.

This season has been injury packed it seems like everyone has had an oblique strain this year. Which in a way has been nice we've been able to preview some of the talent that many teams have blossoming in their farm system. This has given the fans of some of the less-than spectacular teams something to be excited about. Chaps like Seattle's Michael Pineda (P), Kansas City's Eric Hosmer (1B), NY Mets Dillon Gee (P), Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen (OF) and Washington's Danny Espinosa (2B/SS) have really thrived and some of the other have struggled to make the transition to the bigs. I'm sure these are just growing pains that will pass with maybe a trip being sent back down to the minors.

 Going forward in the season there are few things that I would expect to continue like Cleveland winning and Minnesota loosing. One surprise that I'd like to see continue is Arizona and Seattle to keep up what they have going. Both teams have had some great performances from the young players they have in their ranks. Though they aren't polished, but they play with heart and are great athletes.

For the rest of the season the only thing I can say is I'm not always right. My NL predictions are pretty close to being dead on so far but my AL need some serious help. Outside of AL East I'm a mess. Baseball is strange game any thing can happen at anytime it's a long season but it's truly amazing.

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