MLB: A trip around the divisions

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

We have completed roughly 40 percent of the regular season in baseball.  You’re probably thinking that went by fast unless you’re a Washington Nationals fan.  Wait, do those even exist? 

Anyway, let’s take a trip around the divisions.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Jason Bay of the Red Sox leads the AL with 63 RBIs.

Jason Bay of the Red Sox leads the AL with 63 RBIs.

EAST

  • The Red Sox are in first place as the AL’s best team and baseball’s best home team with a 22-8 record.
  • The Yankees have been playing .500 lately but are still good for second place.
  • Here comes Tampa Bay.  On a six-game winning streak, the team is tied with Toronto for third place.
  • The Orioles are still in last, a place they will be for the reminder of the season. 

CENTRAL

  • Detroit has a two-game lead in first.
  • The Twins are in second with a 33-33 record.  They play very well at home but have struggled on the road, posting a record of 11-21.
  • Despite sitting in last place, Cleveland is only 6.5 games out of first.

 WEST

  • The first place Rangers have a two-game edge and a 13-3 division record
  • Though the second place Angels have won five straight games, they are 9-12 in the division.

 NATIONAL LEAGUE

 EAST

  • Philadelphia is at the top with a three-game advantage.  The Phillies are by far the best road team in baseball at an incredible 23-9.  Yet home hasn’t been so sweet at 13-17.  
  • The Mets are in second place and have a very difficult schedule until the All-Star break.
  • Florida and Atlanta have been rotating third place these last few days.
  • The Nationals are a joke.  Not every team can be 16-46.  Nice going, Nats.
St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols has hits the most homeruns in MLB with 23.

St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols has hit the most homeruns in MLB with 23.

CENTRAL

  • The tightest division in baseball is led by the Milwaukee Brewers. 
  • St. Louis is in second by a game.
  • The Reds and Cubs are playing .500 baseball.
  • Even though the Pirates and Astros are tied for last, they are just 5.5 games from first.

WEST

  • The Dodgers are the best team in baseball and have a commanding 8.5 game lead over the Giants.
  • Colorado just saw their 11-game winning streak come to an end last night.  The Rockies are in third with a 31-33 record.

 *Games on June 17 are not included. 
**Jason Bay’s picture is courtesy of: http://www.nachofoto.com.
***Albert Pujols’s picture is courtesy of: http://www.mlbbada.com.

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

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