The 2017 MLB Season Breakdown: One Month In

Get Off My Lawn

-Matt Magill

5.10.17

 

American League:

EAST W L
Baltimore Orioles 22 10
New York Yankees 21 10
Boston Red Sox 17 15
Tampa Bay Rays 16 19
Toronto Blue Jays 12 21
 

This is pretty much how things were supposed to shake out, right?  Wrong!  Sure, Baltimore was supposed to make a play for the top, but no one expected the Jays to be this bad, the Yankees to be this good, and the Sox to be this…meh.

 

Look Out For:

Boston’s bats could come alive as the temperature warms and could propel them (along with the return of David Price) into a first place grudge match with the O’s.

 

CENTRAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cleveland Indians 18 14
Minnesota Twins 16 14
Detroit Tigers 16 15
Chicago White Sox 15 16
Kansas City Royals 12 20
 

After a slow start, Cleveland has taken over the top spot in the Central but the competition is apparently better than ever in that division.  Minnesota is surprising everyone at the moment, but can they keep this momentum through a whole season?

 

Look Out For:

Detroit is always a threat.  They may be hovering around .500 right now, but they can get hot quickly and make this a two team divisional race through the dog days of summer.

 

 

WEST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Houston Astros 22 11
Los Angeles Angels 17 18
Seattle Mariners 16 17
Oakland Athletics 15 18
Texas Rangers 14 20

 

Houston is showing that last year’s floundering was a fluke, and look at this, the Angels are playing decent baseball!  Don’t bet the farm on the Halos in the postseason, which begs the question, how many more years do they hold on to Trout before turning him into all the prospects?

 

Look Out For:

Seattle certainly has the star power to make a run, but they haven’t been able to put everything together.  Is this the season they finally figure it out?

 

 

National League:

EAST W L
Washington Nationals 21 12
New York Mets 16 16
Philadelphia Phillies 13 18
Miami Marlins 13 19
Atlanta Braves 11 19
 

While the Mets continue to self destruct, the Nationals are cruising.  The Marlins were supposed to be better than this and turn this division into a three-team race.  I’m sure the Nationals are glad they’re reverting to their traditional Marlin ways.

 

Look Out For:

It doesn’t look like much will change in this division barring catastrophic injury.  Watch the Mets continue to sink as the year goes along.  Can the Phillies or Marlins make a push?  I doubt it, but crazier things have happened.

 

 

CENTRAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Louis Cardinals 18 14
Cincinnati Reds 18 15
Chicago Cubs 17 16
Milwaukee Brewers 17 16
Pittsburgh Pirates 14 19
 

Cincinnati is holding strong after a blistering start, and the Cardinals are perched right where you would expect them.   The Cubs are as underwhelming a defending champion as I can remember.

 

Look Out For:

I have faith that the Cubs will figure it out and get at least near the top of the division by the end of the season.  The Brewers are a great story so far, but they probably don’t have enough to contend yet. Cincinnati is an even better story, but it’s hard to imagine them leapfrogging either St. Louis or Chicago by season’s end.

 

WEST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Colorado Rockies 21 13
Los Angeles Dodgers 19 14
Arizona Diamondbacks 18 16
San Diego Padres 13 21
San Francisco Giants 11  

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What the hell happened to the Giants!?  I’m sure the Dodgers are glad to see them well in their rearview mirror, but with Colorado flying high (all props to my partner Justin calling that one) it feels like LA just can’t win.

 

Look Out For:

I’d like to say San Francisco, but they may be too far back already.  Arizona could make a late push if they keep it up, but it feels like a two team race between LA and Colorado right now.

 

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