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Fenway
05-19-2006, 09:58 AM
This weekend the 06 season reaches the 1/4 mark and some trends are developing.

NL EAST
Philadelphia has closed on the Mets early lead and Atlanta is within hailing distance. Marlins and Nationals going nowhere.

NL CENTRAL
Cards after sluggish start now back on top but the Reds continue to surprise. Houston staying close ( which could mean Clemens goes back there ) and the Brewers as well. Cubs were killed by the Lee injury and the Pirates are pathetic.

NL WEST
awful division, all 5 teams stink right now.


AL EAST
Bost, NYY and Toronto all playing well. Boston looks like the team to beat because of Yankees' injuries but still wide open. Tampa playing teams tough and should catch Baltimore which has nothing.

AL WEST
Angels have been a bomb so far, Seattle going nowhere, but still wide open.

AL CENTRAL
White Sox playing .634 ball which bodes well for the season yet today find themselves behind the Tigers. The impressive thing about the Tigers is they have been doing it on the road having played but 17 at home, they maybe around all summer. Indians and Twins don't impress and KC is hopeless.

Does shape up as a great summer.

If season ended today the playoff teams would be
AL Boston, Detroit, Chicago ( with Oakland and Texas having a playoff)
NL Mets, St Louis, San Diego and the Reds

viagracat
05-19-2006, 10:33 AM
I was going to do my first poll, called "Most surprising teams (for better or worse) at the quarter pole", this weekend, but you beat me to it. :(:

Although the easy pick would be Detroit, I would submit that getting Leyland as their manager was the best off-season move any team made, and they were bound to surprise. I still don't expect them to hang with the Sox all year, but they're not going to sink toward the bottom of the division like I once thought they were.

I probably would have picked Cincinnati, becasue NOBODY expected them to do anything. I think they too will fade, but no one expected them to be contending for the division lead in late May. Certainly not ahead of Houston.

Most disappointing team? Cleveland, so far. But don't count them out quite yet.

PatK
05-19-2006, 10:46 AM
The NL West is terrible?? There isn't a team with a losing record right now.

goofymsfan
05-19-2006, 11:18 AM
The NL West is terrible?? There isn't a team with a losing record right now.

He must be confusing the NL West with the AL West.:rolleyes:

Fenway
05-19-2006, 11:23 AM
He must be confusing the NL West with the AL West.:rolleyes:

I stand by what I said :smile:

soxinem1
05-19-2006, 12:10 PM
The Tigers are my pick all around, and I don't think they are a fluke. The addition of Leyland helps, but a solid, versatile line up, improved defense, with Rogers and Verlander added to the starting corps makes me feel like I'm looking at the 2005 White Sox in many ways, except for the SB's. ERA, WHIP, SO, opponents BA are all impressive, and I doubt it will go in the tank, barring injuries.

The one thing that hinders this team a little is the tale end of the BP, which is a little raw. Unlike the 2003 Royals, who had dreadful pitching all year, I think this suprise will stick around for the duration. They have several players and a manager who have 'been there' so I like their chances to at least make it tough.

And that's a good thing for the White Sox, we all know they played their best in 2005 when it mattered, so having a hungry talented team chasing them will show their true colors.

longshot7
05-19-2006, 12:30 PM
the Tigers remind me more of the 2000 Sox than the 2005 Sox - with their no name pitchers pitching pretty well, and station-to-station timely hitting. There's no reason to assume the Tigers will fade, but there has to be some drop-off for them at some point. 1-25 they're not as strong as the defending world champs, but they should challenge Cleveland and whoever's in 2nd place in the East for the Wild Card in August & September. A wild card berth for them would be a huge success.

What's really surprising is how bad the Angels have been so far. They didn't fill their holes in the offseason, and with injuries, there's no reason to expect the rookies they're using will fill in consistently. The no-signing of Bengie Molina was a HUGE mistake, and they still haven't filled that DH hole. Who bats behind Vlad? No one to protect him, that's for sure.

Fenway
05-19-2006, 01:30 PM
What's really surprising is how bad the Angels have been so far. They didn't fill their holes in the offseason, and with injuries, there's no reason to expect the rookies they're using will fill in consistently. The no-signing of Bengie Molina was a HUGE mistake, and they still haven't filled that DH hole. Who bats behind Vlad? No one to protect him, that's for sure.

The worst mistake they have made was letting David Eckstein go, much to the delight of St Louis. Boston made the same mistake in 2000. He is a sparkplug on any team he is with.

goofymsfan
05-19-2006, 03:44 PM
The worst mistake they have made was letting David Eckstein go, much to the delight of St Louis. Boston made the same mistake in 2000. He is a sparkplug on any team he is with.

Actually, they have a new spark plug named Chone Figgins. He is a thorn in the side of many opponents.

RKMeibalane
05-19-2006, 03:48 PM
Actually, they have a new spark plug named Chone Figgins. He is a thorn in the side of many opponents.

And he can play everywhere, which has helped the Angels tremendously with all of the injury problems they've had.

longshot7
05-19-2006, 05:28 PM
The worst mistake they have made was letting David Eckstein go, much to the delight of St Louis. Boston made the same mistake in 2000. He is a sparkplug on any team he is with.

I agree in that I love Eck, but I disagree in that Cabrera is way better than him defensively, and they needed the defense more than Eck's puttering offense. What he needed, and got, was NL pitching. Put him back in the AL and he's hitting .250.