MLB 07 The Show: April

Finally, the games count and so do the stats.  On April 1, all the teams were tied for first place, but that soon changed.  The two spring Champions, the Yankees and Cubs had very different starts, with the Yankees playing well and the Cubs stumbling out of the gate.

Here we go!!!

 AL EAST

1.  Red Sox     18-8  .692  —

2.  Orioles      16-11  .592  2.5

3.  Yankees    15-10  .600  2.5 (Quirk of the Game)

4.  Blue Jays  10-17  .370  8.5

5.  Devil Rays  7-19  .269  11

The Red Sox and Yankees surprised no one when they got off to good starts.  Baltimore was a surprise, but many are not expecting the O’s to hang around all season.  Toronto was a surprise with such a poor start and the Devil Rays are well, the Devil Rays.

AL Central

1.  Twins  19-7  .730  —

2.  Tigers  18-9 .667  1.5

3.  Indians  15-11  .578  4

4.  White Sox  10-15  .400  8.5

5.  Royals  6-21  .222  13.5

Other than the Royals and to a lesser extent the White Sox this is baseball’s best division.  The Twins roared out of the gate and into the best record in baseball.  The Tigers overcame a slow spring and are nipping at the heels of the Twins.  The Indians would be better off in any other division.

AL West

1.  Rangers  15-11  .576  —

2.  A’s  13-12  .520  1.5

3.  Angels  11-16  .407  4.5

4.  Mariners  10-16  .384  5

The Rangers took advantage of slow starts by the rest of the division to be in first place at the end of the Month.  Concerns abound for the rest of the division which is the most wide open of all the races in the American League.

AL Stat Leaders

BAVG:  Sean Casey (Det)  .448

HR:  David Ortiz (Bos)  14

RBI:  David Ortiz (Bos)  34

SB:  Julio Lugo (Bos)/Ichiro Suzuki (Sea) 8

Wins:  4 tied at 4

SV:  Todd Jones (Det)/Jonathan Papelbon (Bos)  9

ERA:  C.C. Sabathia (Cle) 1.31

K:  Felix Hernandez (Sea)  47

NL East

1.  Mets  16-10  .615  —

2.  Phillies  15-11  .576  1

3.  Marlins  14-12  .538  2

4.  Braves  13-13  .500  3

5.  Nationals  10-17  .370  6.5

No surprises thus far in the NL East.  Will the Mets hold up?  Will the Braves and Phillies be able to seriously challenge?  Can the young Marlins compete?  Do the Nationals miss Montreal?

NL Central

1.  Astros  17-8  .680  —

2.  Brewers  17-9  .653  .5

3.  Cardinals  13-13  .500  4.5

4.  Reds  10-15  .400  7

5.  Cubs  9-17  .340  8.5

6.  Pittsburgh  7-19  .209  10.5

The Astros have the best record in the NL, but the Brewers from Milwaukee are playing just as well and are only 1/2 game behind the Astros.  The Cardinals improved from their dismal spring, but are eating the dust of the Astros and Brewers.  The Reds are playing as expected, while the Cubs excellent spring went down the tubes quickly.  Pittsburgh fans are already saying ‘wait till next year’.

NL West

1.  Dodgers  16-10  .615  —

2.  Diamondbacks  16-11  .562  .5

3.  Rockies  12-14  .461  4

4.  Giants  12-14  .461  4

5.  Padres  11-15  .423  5

While the Dodgers, Rockies and Giants are playing as expected, the Diamondbacks are playing better than expected, perhaps because of the arrival of Randy Johnson.  The Padres are a surprise with such a slow start, but with a very good veteran staff I wouldn’t count them out of the race yet…

NL Stat Leaders

BAVG:  Cliff Floyd (Chc)  .424

HR:  Ryan Howard (Phi)/Albert Puljos (Stl) 10

RBI:  Brad Harwpe (Col)  32

SB:  Hanley Ramierez (Fla) 10

W:  Claudio Vargas (Mil)/Oliver Perez (Nym) 5

SV:  Tom Gordon (Phl) 10

ERA:  Oliver Perez (Nym)  1.01

K:  Jon Patterson (Was)  50

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