Now, I was going to do this yesterday, but there was big hockey news I wanted to hit. So, today we're doing an MLB Reset. Let's start with my personal favorite division, the NL Central. The Cards are sitting in first with the Brewers a few games behind them. The slumping Reds sit in third, with the right-where-I-thought-they'd-be Pirates a game and a half behind them. The Cubs are barely outpacing the Astros, and getting swept by Houston in Wrigley didn't help matters. This division is playing about pretty much as expected. The Cardinals are a little better, the Reds a little worse, but neither so off-pace that they can't settle where I predicted. I'll stick by what I said here.
In the NL East, the Phillies are the top dogs. I didn't predict that, but I'm not at all surprised and have no problem amending that. I'll give the Phightin's the nod from here. Right now Florida is sitting in second, and I thought they would be pretty good. I still think Atlanta, currently in third, will overtake them and be the wild card. The Mets and Nationals are pretty much lost causes, though the Nats have the young players that the future looks bright. The Mets, well, I don't know how anybody can get that upset at Wilpon. He was just telling the truth.
Out in the NL West, the Diamondbacks have come out of nowhere. I think I had them slotted for last, though I remember being pleasantly surprised at their roster when they rolled into Wrigley. They could be a dangerous team. I'm still not convinced their pitching is going to be good enough to hold on to this division, but they have a very good (and young) lineup that's going to keep them in ballgames. Still, the Giants are only a half game back, and they are the defending the champs. And it (thankfully) looks like Posey is coming back. I'm going to say they take the division, and very possibly the NL crown again. The Rockies are only four and a half back, but that team has been a big disappointment. They hit like everybody thought, but the pitching has been atrocious, which I honestly didn't see coming. San Diego I didn't think would score enough runs to be a threat, so I'm not shocked to see them in last place. The Dodgers are probably close to what I thought, given the mess surrounding them right now.
In the AL Central, the Indians continue to roll with the best record in the American League. The rest of that division is too sad to really discuss. The Royals have cooled off, the Twins and White Sox continue to be awful. Detroit's been decent, scratching up to a winning record, but too big of a hole against a team that's apparently just too good. I will eat as much crow as the city of Cleveland wants me to, though thankfully I'm small time stuff, so I haven't gotten any wrath.* The Tigers have put themselves possibly in a spot for a wildcard. Put me down as somebody who will be fervently rooting for that.
*I would take some wrath for readership, though. I'm not too proud.
In the AL East, the Yankees are ahead, but not without their own drama.* Plus, that division is tightly bunched. The Orioles are the only team with a losing record, sitting at a respectable 25-29. This division could end up beating up on each other enough that only one team comes out of it, which I would love. I've always had a soft spot for the Blue Jays, so I'll be rooting for them to make a run. I think it comes from them being the champs when I really remember first watching baseball. Plus, they've not been to the playoffs in a while, it'd be nice to see them back.
*The Derek Jeter Hit Counter is up to 2,984. Keep swinging, cap'n.
That leaves us with the AL West, which finds everybody within three and a half games of each other. The Rangers are in first, and will probably carry the division, but I see this one close all the way through, so long as Seattle can keep scoring runs like they have been so far. I thought the A's would be better than they've shown so far, but I see this one staying close all summer.
The Danville Dans have their opening day tomorrow. Get ready to read about some summer college ball.