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.
Tom “Flash” Gordon — he had 46 saves
John Valentin — 27 home runs
David Ortiz — yup, that’s right
Pedro Martinez — a crazy stat. His 1999 and 2000 seasons are two of the best ever.
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