Sunday, July 15, 2012

MLB Halfway to October

 Well here we are once again at the half way point of the MLB season. As usual we'll look back on my preseason predictions and see how I'm fairing. First off this season has been crazy there have been so many injuries at the beginning of June there had to be 10-15 pitchers going under the knife for Tommy John surgery on their throwing arm. Overall I'm not doing to bad with the exception of Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and the Phillies.   


 Lets start with the good story and I'm happy to say with Ozzie now keeping Miami in the basement in the NL the White Sox have been a nice surprise. Adam Dunn and Jake Peavy are back to their old selves and it shows. Peavy along with Chris Sales, have been terrifying batters. Adam Dunn is hitting again so it looks like last year may have been a fluke. Now with the addition of Kevin Youklis I think they will be competing and could challenge the Yankees. 


 The team that has been the hardest hit has been the Toronto Blue Jays they have lost  3 of their top starts for the season, lucky for them the Yankees had struggled early in the season when they had the full staff. The American League East is still pretty tight and even the Red Sox could surge, having Elsbury and Crawford Back should help the offense. The Pitching staff has been terrible and I wouldn't be unhappy if the Red Sox traded Beckett or Lester. The Phillies have been the biggest surprise I never saw them being this bad, the starting infield has been on and off of the Disabled list. 


The other feel good story of the surging Pirates, I don't think they can keep it up, but they are going to make it hard for those teams in the NL Central. Baltimore the other bridesmaid that has been giving Tampa a hard time I don't think they can keep it up, this year. In the NL East is going to be a fight to the finish between Washington and Atlanta (win one more for Chipper), Mets have been surprising but they are starting to fade. 


The NL West will be a three way battle you just wait and see, it's going to look like the old 3 team AL East battles. The other fierce fight is going to be between Texas and the Angels. I think the days of the East dominating the play offs is gone. I think if the Yankees face Texas or the Angels they are going to be out gunned on the mound and at the plate. 


 I posted the current standings below as of Monday 09 July 2012. 

 American League Regular Season Standings 
Eastern Division
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
New York
52
33
-
.612
Baltimore
45
40
7
.529
Tampa Bay
45
41
7.5
.523
Toronto
43
43
9.5
.500
Boston
43
43
9.5
.500

Central Division 
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
Chicago
47
38
-
.553
Cleveland
44
41
3
.518
Detroit
44
42
3.5
.512
Kansas City
37
47
9.5
.440
Minnesota
36
49
11
.424

Western Division 
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
Texas
52
34
-
.605
Los Angeles
48
38
4.0
.558
Oakland
43
43
9
.500
Seattle
36
51
16.5
.414



National League Regular Season Standings 
Eastern Division 
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
Washington
49
34
-
.590
Atlanta
46
39
4
.541
New York 
46
40
4.5
.535
Florida
41
44
9
.482
Philadelphia 
37
50
14.0
.425

Central Division 
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
Pittsburgh
48
37
-
.565
Cincinnati
47
38
1
.553
St. Louis8
46402.5.535
Milwaukee 40458
.471
Chicago
33
45
15
.388
Houston
38
50
15.5
.384

Western Division 
Team
W
L
GB
Pct
Los Angeles
47
40
-
.540
San Francisco
46
40
0.5
.535
Arizona
42
43
4
.494
San Diego
34
53
13
.391
Colorado
33
52
13
.388

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