I like baseball. I don’t follow it day-to-day as closely as I might like. But yesterday was the interleague trading deadline, and about 2/3 of the way through the season, making this a fine time to check in on how everyone’s year is going.

Starting alphabetically (AL over NL), and left to right (West Coast over East Coast), we see the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are in first place in the AL West playing .600 ball, 60-40.


The Texas Rangers are in second, 3 games back, and attempting to survive their annual swoon in the searing Texas heat of August.


My own Seattle Mariners have wisely written off the year, 8 games back.


Bringing up the division rear, Billy Beane’s (Soderburgh film about him, Moneyball apparently went into turnaround at the last minute) Oakland A’s are buried 17 1/2 back.


The Detroit Tigers, 53-47, hold a two-game edge in the AL Central


The always competetive Minnesota Twins are right behind them.


A narrow half-game behind the Twins are the Chicago White Sox. They traded for Jake Peavy today.

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The Cleveland Indians are 12 back and blowing the thing up for some serious rebuilding.


The Kansas City Royals are being the Kansas City Royals, which is to say they’re in last place.


Over in the AL East, the hated New York Yankees are the hottest team in the American League, and two games in first place.


The Boston Red Sox are in second and trading wildly to try and make up ground.

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Defending AL champs the Tampa Bay Rays are 7 back and on the edge of getting knocked out.


The Toronto Blue Jays are 13 games back and playing out the string.


The Baltimore Orioles are 18 back, wondering when they’ll ever be a factor again in this division.


The Los Angeles Dodgers are 63-39, the best record in baseball. Naturall, they’re leading in the NL West.


The surprising San Francisco Giants are riding Timmy Lincecum, and 7 games behind the Dodgers. Theyr’re well-positioned to win the Wild Card.


The Colorado Rockies are right there with them, 7 1/2 back.


The Arizona Diamondbacks’ season is effectively over, 19 games out of it.


The San Diego Padres are even worse, 22 1/2 back and quite done.


As I write, Lou Piniella and the Chicago Cubs are tied for first in the NL Central.


The St. Louis Cardinals are tied with the Cubs.


The Milwaukee Brewers are still in it, 3 1/2 games back.

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As are the Houston Astros (it’s a tight division, as it so often is).


The Cincinnati Reds are 9 1/2 back and done.


So are the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10 1/2 back and selling assets.


The Philadelphia Phillies are 58-42 and having little trouble repeating as NL East champs.


The Florida Marlins are hanging around, 5 1/2 back.


The Atlanta Braves are 7 out, basically a .500 team.


The New York Mets are 9 1/2 back, yet again looking like the Yankees’ bullied little brother.


The hapless Washington Nationals, 32-71, 27 games back and the worst team in baseball.


3 Responses to “Standings”

  1. drew says:

    Blue Jays and A’s were both inspired.

  2. Ryan says:

    You wrote this article just so you could come up with the hilarious photo illustrations–brilliant!

  3. Darrell says:

    I had problems with Philadelphia, the White Sox, Washington, and Arizona, but I’m content with AZ. The rest could be improved on.

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