MLB 2010 Season Ending Standings — Analysis

2010 MLB Standings

With the 2010 Major League Baseball regular season in the books, I was pouring over the standings from each division looking at overall records, score differentials, etc. Out of this came a few interesting tid-bits of baseball knowledge:

1) The AL West has 4 teams, the NL Central has 6 teams, and all other divisions have 5 teams. While I knew this before, as I looked over the standings it struck me once again as very strange that this does not receive more attention. It seems intuitively obvious to me that this needs to change. The bottom line is if you play in the AL West you have a much greater chance of making the playoffs than if you play in the NL Central. It just seems unfair to me. The question then is this; should the NL be considered at an advantage because they have more teams that could potentially win the World Series, or at a disadvantage because the talent is a bit more diluted?

2) Everybody knows I am the first person to credit the AL East with being by far the best division in baseball. You look at the top teams in this division, the fact that they consistently have to play one another, and how good their records are and I think this statement speaks for itself. I think that many years, including this year, you could argue that the three best teams in baseball are in the AL East. A little further analysis further proves my point. The AL East teams all have to consistently play each other, yet they still win by far the most games on average of any division in baseball.

Average Number of Wins Per Division — MLB 2010 Regular Season

AL East — 86.2 wins
AL Central — 79.8 wins
AL West — 78 wins

NL East — 83.2 wins
NL Central — 77.1 wins
NL West — 82 wins

What else do you need to know?

3) Just for the fun of it, here are the answers to my 1995-2010 Red Sox Trivia post.

Mike Greenwell
Tom “Flash” Gordon — he had 46 saves
John Valentin — 27 home runs
Scott Hatteberg
Keith Foulke
Dan Duquette
David Ortiz — yup, that’s right
Pedro Martinez — a crazy stat. His 1999 and 2000 seasons are two of the best ever.
Jeff Frye
Bronson Arroyo

Thanks to all who participated.

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10 responses to “MLB 2010 Season Ending Standings — Analysis

  1. Teck

    Sooo who won the trivia?

    I’;ve always thought that about the AL West and NL central…they do it because of interleague play for some reason but i forget why. Im happy i could settle that for you.

    Pats trading Moss?????

    • The trivia was tied at 20%, I had a guy who read one of my articles on fannation.com (an SI site) and responded there with 40%, but that doesn’t count. So in other words, we had a tie. There is going to be amazing backlash is Moss is traded from New England fans, Tom Brady, everyone. That would be the stupidest thing the Patriots could do short of trading Brady.

  2. Teck

    i completely agree….that seems idiotic to me. And for only a third round pick??? as a phins fan im all for it, but that seems like a very one sided trade. plus randy will just doom the vikes after a year anyway when he doesnt have a qb again

    • Exactly. You couldn’t think up anything that makes less sense.

      • j-bone

        I am too lazy to go back and check the questions so I will take my 20%.

        The Moss trade is just silly. It is again the Pats thinking they are just smarter then everyone and all they need is draft picks. Meanwhile the draft picks havnt exactly been amazing. They are trying to have an offense like a Boston basketball pick up game, a bunch of 5-7 bald scrappy white guys.

      • The Moss trade is downright stupid. They are doing absolutely nothing intelligent with this one.

  3. Kevin Youkillis

    jbone, let’s play rock paper scissor to see who wins the trivia contest.. i throw paper.

  4. Teck

    btw i thought i was the one with 40% correct???

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