Indians, Nationals are MLB's best at All-Star Break
July 11, 2017 3:00 AM
by Mike North
Here’s how I see the major league standings at the halfway point of the season. In the American League East the Boston Red Sox (50-39) have a 3.5 game lead over the New York Yankees (45-41) who did hold first place for awhile.
The addition of ace pitcher Chris Sale(11-4 2.75 ERA), however, has given the Sox an edge, but rookie phenom Aaron Judge(30 HR, 75 RBI’s) has kept the Yankees in the conversation.
In the AL Central the Cleveland Indians (47-40) are playing steady baseball, but the Minnesota Twins (45-43) are only 2.5 back in second place with the Kansas City Royals (44-43) only three back.
The Houston Astros are dominating the AL West with a 60-29 record. The LA Angels and Texas Rangers are both 16.5 games back. Can you imagine going into the second half chasing Houston?
In the NL East the Washington Nationals (52-36) are leading while the improving Atlanta Braves (42-45) are in second place but still 9.5 games back.
In the NL Central the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs (43-45) are the biggest disappointment in baseball at 5.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers (50-41) and tied with the St. Louis Cardinals (43-45).
The LA Dodgers (61-29) with Clayton Kershaw (14-2, 2.18 ERA) are up by 7.5 games over the Arizona Diamondbacks (53-36) in the NL West. At this point the races haven’t been very competitive, but hope springs eternal in baseball.
At the midway point, I see it being Cleveland versus the Nationals in October. Enjoy the second half of the season.