As we enter the slowest 3 days of the baseball season, it is time to reflect on what we have seen thus far. It has been an entertaining couple of months as milestones have been reached, upper cuts thrown, and the continuing dominance of starting pitchers in this post-steroid era. Below are the top 5 odd or unique numbers from the first half of the season for each league
– The largest lead in a division is a single game
– The Boston Red Sox play in the feared AL East, yet have compiled a 24-10 record inside the division as compared to a mediocre 31-25 outside of it.
– Of the 5 teams in the AL East, 4 of them have a winning record on the road. In stark contrast, the Central doesn’t have a single team with a winning road record.
– Parity is apparent in the West, as every team has won between 11 and 13 games against divisional foes.
– Staying West, it is the only division in all of baseball that has all of its teams above .500 at home.
– With 4 out of 5 teams at or above .500, the NL East holds the highest winning percentage in the MLB.
– The Brewers are tied atop the Central, despite a pitiful 16-29 record on the road. An identical mark as the last place Astros.
– Speaking of the Astros, they hold the leagues worst record, by 7 games. The next worse team is Central mate, the Chicago Cubs.
– Remaining in the Central, the Reds have the best mark within the division (26-19), but are in 4th place.
– In the West, inter divisional play has been dominated by the Giants, as they are the only team that boasts a divisional record over .500.
Just some food for thought as we enter what should be a very competitive second half. Four of the 6 divisions are within a game, making every game from here and out important. last year, only 2 of the 6 division leaders at the ASB held on to win their division. With that said, over/under 2.5 teams that hold on this year? Another question I’ll float out there: why is the first “half” of the season longer than the second “half?” The Red Sox have played 90 games, and as a math major, I can assure you that is not the half way marker to 162.