Who’s Hot & Who’s Not: in the Standings
- Updated: May 7, 2008
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.
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