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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Derrek Lee


Who is... The Man?

That is correct!

As you may know, the Cubs did this little come-from-behind-thing yesterday to win 8-7. But, I wouldn't know as I have been studying and only saw the highlights on Baseball Tonight. I heard D-Lee and Corey did OK though. :-)

Today is an off-day, so I'm gonna pop my head up from this Cubs-only rut I've gotten myself into and look at the standings.

If the playoffs started today:

NL Central: St. Louis (14-5)
NL West: Arizona Diamondbacks (14-8)
NL Wildcard: Los Angeles Dodgers (13-8)
NL East: TIE, Marlins (12-8, .600) or Braves (13-8, .591)
Out of Luck: Cubs (11-10, 2 games out of WC, 4 out of Div)

AL Central: Chicago White Sox (16-6)
AL East: Baltimore Orioles (14-7)
AL Wildcard: Minnesota Twins (12-8)
AL West: Los Angeheim Angels (12-9)

Worst Record in Baseball: Kansas City Royals (5-16, 10.5 games behind the White Sox). Andy Sisco, we hardly knew ye.


  • Boston has an identical record to the Cubs (11-10) and are 3 games in back of Baltimore. However, at this point they have three starting pitchers on the disabled list (Curt Schilling, David Wells, and Wade Miller). It will be tough for them to keep winning, but they probably will.

  • The Yankees have a 9-12 record and are in fourth place. 200 million reasons to laugh, 26 reasons not to.

  • The AL West is the most tightly packed division, all four teams are within two games of each other. The NL East has all five teams within three games of each other. Incidentally, I think both of these divisions are going to have incredible races this fall.

  • Baltimore is 9-2 on the road... that is going to be tough to keep up. The Royals are 2-11 at home. Houston is 1-10 on the road.

  • St. Louis and the White Sox each have 13-3 in-division records.

Personal Feelings: The season is still young. I'm not in panic mode yet, haven't felt that any games were must win, and am not afraid that St. Louis will run away with the division. Granted, I've been frustrated with our early season performance, but not too badly. I'm hopeful that we'll get JoeBo and Todd Walker back soon, and have been very happy with how well Prior has pitched since his return. The thing that frightens me the most is that Derrek Lee and Neifi! will cool down... then I panic.

Posted by Byron at April 28, 2005 3:38 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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