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Thursday
Sep132012

If you want to win your division...

If you want to win your division, beat your division.

There are 17 teams still in postseason contention, seven of them (all in the AL) still in contention to win their division.

  • The Orioles are 34-24 in their division, the Yankees are 30-28, and the Rays are 31-25 against their AL East counterparts.
  • The White Sox are 29-30 in the AL Central, the Tigers are 32-23.
  • The Rangers are 19-19 in the AL West, the A's are 25-21, and the Angels are 23-21.
  • The Nationals are 38-25 in the NL East, the Braves are 34-23, while the Phillies are 25-32.
  • The Reds are 41-26 in their NL Central, the Cardinals are 36-29, the Pirates are 35-33, and the Brewers are 40-30.
  • The Giants are 32-21 in the NL West, but the Dodgers are just 28-35.

The fact that the Rangers are just 19-19 against their AL West counterparts is pretty amazing and the White Sox being below .500 against their own division is also intriguing. The Rangers are 10 over .500 against the Central and the White Sox are 20-9 against the West.

The biggest down numbers though come from the Phillies and the Dodgers in their divisions and they explain why their hopes rest solely on the Wild Card.

The AL Wild Card Standings:

RkTmWLW-L%GBvEastvCentvWest
1 TEX 85 57 .599 --- 24-16 28-18 19-19
2  OAK 82 60 .577 --- 25-15 22-16 25-21
3 BAL 80 62 .563 --- 34-24 23-15 12-16
4 NYY 80 62 .563 --- 30-28 19-15 18-14
5  TBR 77 65 .542 --- 31-25 13-17 24-14
6  LAA 77 66 .538 0.5 22-20 20-19 23-21
7 CHW 76 66 .535 1.0 18-18 29-30 20-9
8  DET 75 67 .528 2.0 21-18 32-23 11-19
9  SEA 69 74 .483 8.5 18-24 25-16 18-24
10  KCR 65 77 .458 12.0 16-21 28-27 13-19
11  TOR 64 77 .454 12.5 24-31 18-16 13-21
12  BOS 64 79 .448 13.5 21-32 24-16 8-24
13  CLE 59 84 .413 18.5 14-22 23-31 14-21
14  MIN 59 84 .413 18.5 10-18 29-30 11-27
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 9/13/2012.

The NL Wild Card Standings:

RkTmWLW-L%GBvEastvCentvWest
1 WSN 89 54 .622 --- 38-25 26-9 15-12
2 CIN 87 57 .604 --- 18-13 41-26 21-10
3 SFG 81 62 .566 --- 15-19 27-14 32-21
4  ATL 81 63 .563 --- 34-23 18-17 21-13
5  STL 75 68 .524 --- 12-19 36-29 19-13
6  LAD 74 69 .517 1.0 19-10 21-15 28-35
7  PIT 72 70 .507 2.5 14-10 35-33 13-19
8  PHI 72 71 .503 3.0 25-32 23-13 19-16
9  MIL 72 71 .503 3.0 11-16 40-30 15-16
10  ARI 71 72 .497 4.0 14-20 18-20 30-26
11  SDP 69 75 .479 6.5 12-20 21-19 28-29
12  NYM 65 78 .455 10.0 27-33 13-19 17-19
13  MIA 63 81 .438 12.5 23-34 16-19 19-15
14  COL 57 85 .401 17.5 15-22 16-19 24-31
15  CHC 56 87 .392 19.0 13-19 27-41 11-17
16  HOU 45 98 .315 30.0 9-19 22-42 8-28
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 9/13/2012.

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