Saturday, December 12, 2009

AL at the halfway point

We're almost halfway through the season. Here's what's going on around the AL:

- The east is a toss-up. Boston is the only team above .500 (38-36), and they lead Louisville by one game and Scranton by three. This division may come down to head-to-head, because none of these teams has distinguished itself.

- In the north, St. Louis is comfortably ahead at this point. They're up by 14 games on both Milwaukee and Syracuse. Can we just forget that I picked Milwaukee to contend this season?

- In the south, Monterrey leads archrival Jackson by five at this point, but it's too early to say they've wrapped anything up. Jackson is a dangerous .500 team. OKC is just one back of Jackson, so they're not ready to concede anything, either, but they'll have to pick up their play.

- Out west, Seattle is again the odds-on favorite to win the AL- they're the best right now at 51-23. But Helena is staying close at 45-29, and if the playoffs started today, Boise would be in at 39-35.

-Boise's Barry McEnroe is in the top 10 in the AL in homers despite playing 20 fewer games than every one else above him on the list and would be tied with Seattle's Jack Hunt if he had enough at-bats to qualify. He's already won a Player of the Week award. The question may not be if he wins an MVP award someday, but how many.

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