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2010 Season Review at Quarter Mark

Now that the baseball season is a quarter over this is a good time to review the standings.

AL East

The big surprise in the AL East is that the Rays have a four game lead over the Yankees and recently swept a two game series in Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox were only a half game behind the Blue Jays on this date in 2009. A year later they are 8 1/2 games behind the Rays and 2  1/2 games behind the third place Blue Jays and have allowed 227 runs scored which is the worst in the AL.

The last place Orioles are the worst team in the majors and are already 16  1/2 games out of first place and are on a pace to finish more than 60 games behind the division leader.

AL Central

The Twins who have been 6-8 since May 5 have let the Tigers move to within a game of first place in the AL Central. The Royals have moved four percentage points ahead of the White Sox taking over third place despite posting a 9-11 record in May which included a seven game losing streak.

The White Sox who haven’t won more than one game in a row since April 25 have to be encouraged with Mark Buehrle winning his first game since April 11 pitching his best game of the season last night. The longest winning streaks for the White Sox this season have been a three game streak and a two game streak. They have to string together a long winning streak just to get back to .500 since they are seven games under .500.

The Indians are even worse but a only a game and a half behind the White Sox but lost their fifth game in a row last night.

AL West

While the Rangers have been 7-3 in their last ten games the Athletics have been 3-7 giving the Rangers a four game lead in the AL West. The Athletics have hit 25 home runs this season with Kurt Suzuki and Eric Patterson leading the team with four home runs. Patterson has never hit more than one home run before this season.

The Angels are a game and a half behind the Athletics but their pitching is hurting them with their ERA 26th in the majors. Jered Weaver is the only Angels starter with a winning record with a 4-2 mark with the other starters a combined 11-18.

Some people thought the Mariners would play well in 2010 but they are mired in last place with the team being 27th in batting and 28th in runs scored and three games behind the third place Angels.

NL East

It is no surprise the Phillies are in first place in the NL East with a four and a half game lead over the improving Braves who moved into second place last night and have won four in a row and are 8-2 in their last ten games.

The third place Marlins are five games out of first and only a game ahead of the slumping Nationals who have lost seven of their last eight games. The last place Mets are only a game behind the Nationals.

NL Central

The surprise team in the NL Central has been the Reds who are only a half game behind the first place Cardinals who hit a rough spot lately but seem to be back on track after winning four out of five right after losing five out of six.

The Cubs are in third place and six games behind the Cardinals. They have won four of their last six games after losing nine out of eleven games. The Pirates who have the greatest run differential in the majors by allowing 108 more runs than runs scored are six and a half games back.

After 18 home games the Brewers have won only four of those contest leaving them with the worst home record in the majors and 8 1/2 games behind the first place Cardinals and only a game ahead of the last place Astros who could be dismantling their team this summer.

NL West

The Dodgers who reached a low point with a 11-16 record on May 5 have rebounded to post a 13-2 record since then and move into a first place tie with the Padres. While the Dodgers have been 9-1 in their last ten games the Padres were 4-6.

The Giants reached their high point of the season on May 6 with a 17-10 mark but have played 5-9 baseball since then leaving them 1  1/2 games behind the Dodgers.  The Rockies and Diamondbacks are four and 5 1/2 games back respectively.

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