Friday, May 9, 2008

Which MLB Division is the Best?

Prior to the start of the 2008 season, there was speculation concerning which MLB division would be the most impressive.

Some believed it to be the AL Central because of the jam-packed Tigers and Indians, others believed it to be the AL East considering that it still houses the Yankees and Red Sox, some believed it to be the NL East because of the strength of the three supposed teams at the top (Mets, Phillies, Braves), and a few predicted it to be the NL West as it holds the defending 2007 NL Champion Rockies, Joe Torre managed Dodgers, and the defending NL West winning Diamondbacks.

But so far, the AL Central looks very weak with the Indians and Tigers off to horrid starts, the AL East looks weak because the Yankees do not appear to have the pitching to make the playoffs, and the NL West looks weak with the exception of the red hot D-Backs.

The one division that seems to be the most difficult to win is, as many predicted, the NL East.

Up to this day, the NL East has a win-loss differential of +10 (90-80), higher than that of any other division.

Why? Because the Florida Marlins are surprising everyone with a 20-14 entrance to the season. In addition, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New York are playing well as expected (20-16, 18-15, 17-15 respectively) and the Nationals are showing signs that they might not be at the bottom of the barrel either, having won 7 of their last 10 games.

So imagine how good the NL East would be if say...the Marlins actually hung around like no one projects them to. Four teams from one division that have a legitimate opportunity to make the playoffs?

Thats pretty stacked if you ask me.


Imber said...

I would have died laughing if you said this at the beginning. I don't think this will last, but it holds true for now. The AL Central and NL West will come around, as will others.

Jay Warman said...

Rumor time: Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins are gonna sign Hanley long-term! This could be the lure that finally re-hooks Imber after his Yankee sabbatical.

Imber said...

Heh. If the Marlins sign Hanley long term that will certainly be a step in the right direction.