Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: in the Standings

As of today, 5 teams have topped 20 wins. Some of them you would expect: Red Sox, Angels and maybe even the Diamondbacks. But who would have envisioned the rebuilding A’s or the Cardinals with their injury-riddled rotation? Predictions: The Sox, Angels and Diamondbacks have the best shot out of these five to stay atop their divisions, but the A’s and Cardinals will drop to around .500.

Also, who would have thought that the Tigers would be in last place in the AL Central, let alone 6 games under .500? Prediction: although, after they catch up from their horrendous start, they will end up being an above .500 team, but still may not be on top of the division due to their poor bullpen and the lack of consistency to back end of the rotation.

Then you have the woes of San Diego who can’t seem to be able to hit their way out of a paper bag right now, despite some good pitching from their rotation (especially from Peavy, Young, Maddux and Wolf). Prediction: they will start hitting again and make this a closer race at the top of this division.

The opposite hold true for the Rockies who saw a turnaround in pitching stats last year given the adoption of “the Humidor”, but this year it seems as if only Cook is holding his own as the rest of the staff seems to be reverting back to the proto-typical Rockies statistics.

And who would have pegged Seattle, with the addition of Beddard alleviating some of the pressure from “King Felix”, to be in the basement of the AL West after the first month of play. Prediction: they will end the year in either 1st or 2nd place; the A’s can’t keep up this pace!

Another big surprise is how well the Marlins are playing and currently tied for first place with the Phillies who aren’t pitching nearly as well as the Marlins after a month of playing. Prediction: barring further injuries to the Atlanta pitching staff, the Marlins should finish the year behind the Phillies, Mets and Braves.



2008 American League - Standings        
EAST W L PCT GB
Boston 22 13 .629 -
Tampa Bay 17 15 .531 3.5
NY Yankees 17 17 .500 4.5
Baltimore 16 17 .485 5
Toronto 16 18 .471 5.5
CENTRAL W L PCT GB
Minnesota 16 15 .516 -
Chicago Sox 15 16 .484 1
Cleveland 15 17 .469 1.5
Kansas City 14 18 .438 2.5
Detroit 14 20 .412 3.5
WEST W L PCT GB
LA Angels 22 13 .629 -
Oakland 21 14 .600 1
Texas 14 20 .412 7.5
Seattle 14 20 .412 7.5
         
2008 National League - Standings        
EAST W L PCT GB
Florida 18 14 .563 -
Philadelphia 19 15 .559 -
Atlanta 16 15 .516 1.5
NY Mets 16 15 .516 1.5
Washington 14 19 .424 4.5
CENTRAL W L PCT GB
St. Louis 22 12 .647 -
Chicago Cubs 19 14 .576 2.5
Houston 17 16 .515 4.5
Milwaukee 16 16 .500 5
Pittsburgh 13 19 .406 8
Cincinnati 13 21 .382 9
WEST W L PCT GB
Arizona 22 11 .667 -
LA Dodgers 19 14 .576 3
San Francisco 14 19 .424 8
Colorado 12 21 .364 10
San Diego 12 21 .364 10



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