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Division Races

Discussion in 'The Dugout - OOTP Online League' started by Timpegoose, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Timpegoose

    Timpegoose Walk On

    Jul 17, 2010
    As September quickly approaches lets take a couple of looks at the Division races taking place. The only one that's already decided is the AL Central, the other 5 should be a battle through the end of September.

    Team Record Games Back
    Houston Astros 64-53 -
    Los Angeles Angels 60-56 3.5
    Seattle Mariners 60-57 4
    Texas Rangers 53-63 10.5
    Oakland Athletics 47-70 17

    The AL West currently belongs to the Houston Astros. After 4 years of mediocrity the 'Stros have turned it around with some of their high picks coming up and producing. I think they'll stay on top, and extend their league as we approach late September. They just have too much offensive firepower for the Angels to catch up.

    Team Record Games Back
    Baltimore Orioles 61-55 -
    Tampa Bay Rays 56-59 4.5
    Boston Red Sox 54-60 6
    New York Yankees 51-67 11
    Toronto Blue Jays 49-67 12

    The AL East is pretty terrible right now with only the O's over .500. I don't see anybody catching them either. With the best offense in the American League, they should be able to hold on to the division. The Rays have the talent to go on a run, but that bullpen is just atrocious.

    Team Record Games Back
    Detroit Tigers 76-40 -
    Cleveland Indians 58-57 17.5
    Kansas City Royals 57-59 19
    Chicago White Sox 56-60 20
    Minnesota Twins 53-63 23

    This is a pretty straight forward division here. The Tigers have been rolling since the All Star break and are going to win this division. The Indians may be able to make a Wild Card run if the Mariners hit a rough patch, but its looking like the 2 Wild Cards will come out of the West in LA and Seattle.
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  2. Timpegoose

    Timpegoose Walk On

    Jul 17, 2010

    Team Record Games Back
    Los Angeles Dodgers 63-53 -
    Colorado Rockies 64-54 -
    Arizona Diamondbacks 61-56 2.5
    San Francisco Giants 57-59 6
    San Diego Padres 51-65 12

    The most competitive division in baseball this year could go to any of 3 teams, and you can't count the Giants out at 6 games back with the talent they have on the roster. The Giants and DBacks have both been hit hard by injuries this season while the Dodgers and Rockies have stayed fairly healthy. The Rockies sport the top offense in the NL, at least partially because of their ballpark, but they have some talent there too. The Dodgers have been winning behind a decent offense and solid starting pitching. If the Diamondbacks were healthy they'd be my pick to take the division, but with all of the injuries I have to take the Dodgers. The Rockies are ranked nearly dead last in every pitching category, and that is bound to catch up to them eventually.

    Team Record Games Back
    Atlanta Braves 67-50 -
    New York Mets 67-51 .5
    Washington Nationals 60-57 7
    Miami Marlins 54-63 13
    Philadelphia Phillies 52-64 14.5

    The Braves and Mets are battling this one out after a rough 10 game stretch for the Braves where they went 3-7 and the Mets went 8-2 in the same stretch. The Mets have all of the momentum right now and could make a run to the top of the division. Whoever finishes 2nd is likely to get a wild card spot at least. Injuries to the Braves bullpen has really hurt them, and they only have 3 of their original 7 bullpen pitchers that they started the season with. The Mets on the other hand are fairly healthy outside of the Tejada and Dempster injuries and have been playing some good baseball as of late. Look for them to take the division by a game and a half if their pitching can hold together.

    Team Record Games Back
    St. Louis Cardinals 71-45 -
    Cincinnati Reds 68-50 4
    Pittsburgh Pirates 61-56 13
    Milwaukee Brewers 53-65 19
    Chicago Cubs 46-71 25.5

    The Cardinals are likely going to take this division behind NL Batting Champion candidate Kolten Wong and a strong pitching staff. The Reds could challenge, but the injury to Mark Appel really hurts their pitching staff, as they now have 4 starters with an ERA over 4. Its definitely a 2 team race though, as the Pirates seem to be out of it, and the Brewers and Cubs are just way too far back to catch up. Look for the Reds to fall off, and the Cards take the division by 7 games.
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  3. abolishthefed

    abolishthefed Specializing in mediocrity

    Mar 27, 2010
    Barring more injuries, the Giants should start rolling now. 6 of the 8 position players have missed more than 3 weeks due to injury this season and the lineup is now finally healthy. The pitching staff just got Bumgarner back 2 weeks ago. The loss of Lincecum for the year was big, but hopefully the rest of the staff can pick up the slack.

    Nice work timpe.
  4. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

    Nov 11, 2009
    Wow! Content. Great job man!!!

    And yes, the Pirates are certainly out of it, and possibly in DIRE financial straights. We went all in this year, and now may be hit hard.
  5. BigSmooth33

    BigSmooth33 Walk On

    Jan 6, 2010
    Damn right... Great stuff...

    The Brewers are a mess... Just luckily not a financial one for once...
  6. Colemanchu

    Colemanchu GOAT SPLITTER

    Feb 23, 2009
    injuries every where. not only in the majors but my #1 hitting and pitching prospects suffered severe injuries this season.
  7. ty5oke

    ty5oke Walk On

    Apr 13, 2012
    Great work Timpe

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