Last year, the baseball world flipped out when the top 3 records in Major League Baseball all came from the division which this blog covers.
(The NL Central, in case you hadn’t noticed.)
The St. Louis Cardinals were tops, with a 100-62 mark.
The Pittsburgh Pirates finished 98-64.
The Chicago Cubs went 97-65.
The Kansas City Royals, World Series Champions, finished 4th with a 95-67 record.
After a Cardinals sweep of the Atlanta Braves over the weekend, all five teams in the division are now .500 or better.
So here we go again.
It’s early, yes, but it’s still a fun point to note that no division in baseball currently has all five teams that are .500 or better.
Some of this is a matter of scheduling. We haven’t had many divisional series yet, so NL Central teams haven’t had to pick each other off.
The Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers have yet to play a game against a divisional opponent. The Bucs have played all 6 games within the division, while the Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds have played half of their 6 games in the Central.
It’ll shake out and we don’t expect the Brewers and Reds, for example, to stick around long.
But, coming off of the strong 2015 showing, it’s still an interesting phenomenon to note as we kick off the new season.
This week starts with the Cubs (5-1) at home against the Reds (5-1). So far, the Reds have started each of their season series against a team tied with them atop the division. I’m being cute here, since all teams start off 0-0. But they then moved on to face the Pirates with both teams off to 3-0 starts. Now it’s them and the Cubbies. This marks the Wrigley Field opener for 2016, so it should be a good atmosphere on Chicago’s North side this evening. Freezing, probably. But fun… Elsewhere, another divisional battle, and one that ensures we won’t have every team at .500 or better for long, as the Brewers (3-3) and Cardinals (3-3) kick things off in Saint Louie… That leaves the Pirates (4-2), who are in Detroit to face the Tigers in an interleague series. And, with game time at 12:10 PM, probably something I’ll be watching/listening to this afternoon… Happy Baseball, everybody!