Monday, July 14, 2008
LA Angels (57-38): Pitching, Pitching, Pitching has the Angels tied for the best record in baseball.
Chicago Cubs (57-38): The Cubs are also tied for the best record, their reason though is that they never ever lose at Wrigley.
Boston (57-40): The youth pitching is once again paying off major dividends for the Sox who behind JD Drew have regained the AL East lead despite the absence of Papi.
Tampa Bay (55-39): If the Rays played all their games at the Trop they would probably be 30 games over .500.
Chicago Sox (54-40): Anybody who said that they saw Carlos Quentin having 70 rbi at the break to help the ChiSox to first place is a liar.
Minnesota (53-42): The Twinkies have gotten solid pitching from a bunch of youngsters and should be bringing Liriano up to increase the push to the division.
St. Louis (53-43): Ludwick and Ankiel both have 20 homers getting the Cardinals to a spot where they probably shouldn't be.
Milwaukee (52-43): CC has already shown his worth in one 1 week, with him and Sheets leading the rotation the Brewers look to be in the hunt for both the Wild Card and the division.
Philadelphia (52-44): After Cole Hamels there's a big gap in the starting rotation that needs to be addressed.
Oakland (51-44): Selling off pitchers despite being 7 games above .500 seems like giving up to me.
NY Mets (51-44): A 9 game winning streak to close out the first half of the season certainly makes the future look brighter.
NY Yankees (50-45): For some reason despite having all stars at every position the Yankees get shut out a lot.
Florida (50-45): Hanley Ramirez is a golden god who can be stopped by no one.
Texas (50-46): Check that, Josh Hamilton is a platinum god who can be stopped by no one.
Detroit (47-47): Dug themselves out of a hole when their bats finally started to heat up, poised for a second half explosion.
Toronto (47-48): The Blue Jays have been terribly inconsistent despite Roy Halladay being a beast.
Arizona (47-48): Starting the NL Western theme the reason the Diamondbacks are under .500 is because they don't have any good hitters.
LA Dodgers (46-49): Rafael Furcal has been a massive kick in the junk to both my fantasy team and the Dodgers who really really really need him in the lineup to score runs.
Baltimore (45-48): Um, I really have no idea how the Orioles are only slightly below .500 this season and I'm guessing they don't either.
Cincinnati (46-50): Edinson Volquez's dominating season has been balanced out by Bronson Arroyo and Aaron Haraang's poor seasons.
Atlanta (45-50): Injuries to the starting rotation and bullpen and an inability to win on the road has plagued the Braves this year.
Pittsburgh (44-50): Snell and Gorzy were both solid last season, this year they both have ERAs well above 6.
Houston (44-51): The questionable starting rotation has not been helped by #1 starters Roy Oswalt's inconsistencies.
Kansas City (43-53): The Royals don't have the worst record in their division which has to be seen as a big positive in KC.
Cleveland (41-53): Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner were terrible disappointments this season, and that was before both got placed on the DL.
San Francisco (40-55): When Fred Lewis, Randy Winn, and Aaron Rowand are your best hitters, you know you're not going to score many runs.
Colorado (39-57): The magical run that was slaughtered by the Red Sox, has remained dead this season.
Seattle (37-58): If anything could go wrong in Seattle, it has.
San Diego (37-58): Once again, hitting is entirely optional for the fathers.
Washington (36-60): A lineup as bad as the Giants and Padres, except with no starting pitching either.