Sunday, May 1, 2011

Let's Talk Baseball: Bold Proposal April Standings

The first month of Season 2 is in the books. For those new to the program, here is my original post for the idea and here is how things shook out at the end of last season, setting up the two divisions I'll be using for the 2011 season.

Photo via Bleacher Report

The current standings are as follows:

First Division

1. Phillies
2. Rockies
3. Marlins
4. Yankees
5. Rangers
5. Cardinals
7. Rays
7. Angels
9. Reds

10. Giants
11. Braves
12. Tigers
13. Red Sox

14. Padres
15. White Sox
16. Twins

Second Division

1. Indians
2. Royals
3. Brewers
3. Dodgers

5. Blue Jays
5. A's

7. Orioles
8. Mariners
9. Cubs
9. Nationals
11. Pirates
12. Diamondbacks
13. Mets
14. Astros

The teams in italics are the six different teams to win the past six World Series titles. At the moment, the Rockies would appear to be the most likely team to continue that trend. Last year's promoted teams, the Reds, Padres and White Sox, are experiencing varying levels of success in the upper league. The Reds are cruising along respectably while the Padres and White Sox are, at least for the moment, in position to go right back down.

The Indians lead the Second Division. In the real world, of course, they have the best record in the American League. Just as last year, if a Second Division team wins the World Series, I'll consider my experiment a failure. For some historical perspective, only one Second Division team even made the playoffs last year: the Reds. Of last year's relegated teams, the Dodgers, Cubs and Mariners, the Dodgers would appear the most likely to make it back to the First Division.

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