Posted at 3:43 PM on July 5, 2005
by David Zingler
Although MLB’s marketing department and the Fox network may disagree, we are currently sitting at the half way point of the baseball season. Sure, the “official” second half doesn’t begin until after next week’s All Star game (which counts, if you haven’t heard), but a quick glance at the standings today shows most teams have played from 80-82 games.
The division leaders are currently the Red Sox, White Sox and Angels in the AL and the Nationals, Cardinals and Padres in the NL.
Which team is LEAST likely to cough up their lead?
With all apologies to the White Sox, it appears the Cardinals have the tightest stranglehold on their division. They are currently 11 ½ games up on the second place Cubbies – its ovahhh!!
Which team is MOST likely to cough up their lead?
I’ll stay in the NL here, where the feel good Nationals have a tenuous lead in the East. Their 4 ½ game lead is not the smallest margin (that belongs to Boston, who has 2 ½ game lead over Baltimore in the AL East), but they are the least experienced team in a division that includes perennial contenders Atlanta and Florida. I’ll take the Marlins, who have underachieved up to this point.
Which team(s) seemed poised to make a charge?
In the AL, Cleveland and Oakland come to mind, although the A’s may have dug too big of a hole at the start of the season. The Tribe meanwhile has quietly overcome a slow start and is currently 10 games over .500. They should keep the Wild Card leading Twins from getting too comfortable in second place of the AL Central.
Although these are far from bold predictions, do you think I am way off or flat out wrong? If so, put me in my place, my wife will appreciate it.
Have any other observations/predictions? Please share.