This has been a unique year in the baseball world so far. We’re so used to seeing some of the biggest budget teams finishing at the tops of their divisions year after year. For whatever reason, 2010 has been different so far. The playing field looks to be more level than it has in quite some time.
If you look at any division in the league, you’ll notice that the race is close there. With the exception of only one division, every other one has a first place team that holds a lead of no more than two games. This could make for an interesting fall.
To make things even more interesting, there are plenty of third place teams vying for their pieces of the action as well. Let’s take a look at a few of the more interesting divisional situations in the league.
One of the best examples of this is in the National League, and most notably the East. The Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins, and Nationals all have a shot at winning this division and even the last place team is just a few games out of first.
Well, consider the fact that out of the five teams in the NL East, no one team is more than 5.5 games out of first place. The race is as tight as can be in this division, and while the Braves are out in front, it’s by the slimmest of margins and teams like the Mets and the Phillies are even on their tail.
Who would have expected the Nationals to be this good? Granted, they’re not great, but they’re playing near .500 ball and you can be certain that the arrival of Stephen Strasburg will fire this team up some more and breathe some new life into the pitching staff. What a debut he had!
It’s not only about the NL East though, there are plenty of other interesting scenarios too. How about the Western division, with the teams also playing with strikingly similar records to one another. While the Dodgers and Giants were both competitive last year (as were the Rockies), San Diego has suddenly emerged as a great team.
At the end of the day, there are now a handful of new teams that we never thought we’d be taking seriously. That’s what baseball is all about.
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