Tuesday, July 1, 2014

At The Kind-Of Halfway Point

I missed this, because the schedule this year has been more uneven than usual. There are 162 games in the regular season, meaning that 81 games is halfway through. Most teams are now past that point, though not all:
  • 85 games played: Dodgers, Tampa Bay 
  • 84 games played: Arizona, Houston, Milwaukee, Toronto 
  • 83 games played: Atlanta, Boston, White Sox, Colorado, Mets, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Texas
  • 82 games played: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Miami, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Washington
  • 81 games played: Cubs, Minnesota, Yankees
  • 80 games played: Angels
  • 79 games played: Detroit 
If the season were to end now, at the kind-of halfway point:
  • The wild card games would be Mariners at the Angels and Nationals at Giants.
  • The wild card winners would play the A's in the American League and the Brewers in the National League. The other playoffs would be Blue Jays vs. Tigers and Braves vs. Dodgers. The A's, Brewers, Tigers, and Dodgers would have home field advantage.
  • The batting leaders would be Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies (.353) and Adrian Beltre of the Rangers (.332). Home run leaders would be Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins (21) and a three-way tie among the White Sox's Jose Abreu, the Orioles' Nelson Cruz, and the Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion (25 each). RBI leaders: Cruz (66) and Stanton (60). 
  • ERA leaders would be Johnny Cueto of the Reds (1.88) and Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees (2.10). Saves leaders would be Francisco Rodriguez of the Brewers (27) and a tie between the Dodgers' Kenley Jansen and the Braves' Craig Kimbrel (25 each). 
  • MVP: Hard to argue against Tulowitzki in the NL, as he plays a key defensive position (shortstop) well and leads the league in batting, on-base, and slugging. In the AL, Mike Trout is seventh in batting, second in on-base percentage, second in slugging, and first in on-base plus slugging.
  • Cy Young: It'd probably be close between Tanaka (first in ERA, first in wins) and the Mariners' Felix Hernandez (second in ERA by .003, second in strikeouts, second in wins) in the American League. The NL is more wide open, as Cueto, the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright, the Braves' Julio Teheran, the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and the Marlins' Henderson Alvarez would all get votes. 
  • The American League Rookie of the Year race is between Tanaka and Abreu and will likely remain so. The NL race so far is between Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings and Reds centerfielder/speed demon Billy Hamilton
But, of course, the season isn't ending. We still have half the year to go, kind of.

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