Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sports: MLB (May 2017)

It's still too early to really know who's going to the World Series but I'd like to take a look at each division and where they stand after a month of play. My predictions already look to be not great as some teams have surprised while others have disappointed. I'm excited to see some new teams climbing to the top though many of the teams I root for are hanging at the bottom. The rankings change rapidly at this early point so even as I write this sometimes will lose their top spot. 

National League
East
The Washington National have a solid lead atop the East with their greatest challenger, the New York Mets, about 5.5 games behind. The Nationals are at the top of the power rankings and could be one of the best teams in baseball. I'm curious if they can turn this early season success into a high playoff spot and even a World Series appearance. 


Central 
This division switches up every few days as the Pirates, the last place team, are only about five games back. The Cardinals lead the division but have a three-game series with the struggling Cubs this weekend. The Red, the team I root for in this division, are doing surprisingly well and I hope when I post about baseball next week, that they'll be at the top.

West
When I started this post the Diamondbacks were at the top but the Colorado Rockies have jumped up and Arizona has fallen to third behind the Dodgers. This division has a ton of surprises but I don't stay up late enough or get enough NL West games to see what's going on. I am also surprised that the San Francisco Giants are playing so badly.

American League
East
I had the Orioles leading this division but the Yankees have improved tremendously from previous years and moved into first. Baltimore is right behind them while Boston is in a distant third at about 4 games back. Anything could change in a single series though.

Central
Cleveland has reestablished dominance but this division is anyone's guess with only the Royals knocking around at the bottom. I'd like to see the Chicago White Sox, down at fourth but only two games behind, come back up. The Twins and Tigers are still putting up competition and it's early.

West
The Astros have been threatening to be a good team for some time and this might be the year that they follow through. The leader last year, the Texas Rangers, are at the bottom. I'm rooting for the Mariners to make a run at it. 

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