What is wrong with these standings as of Sunday..........before the games? Well, a bunch of things. I know it is just the beginning of the season, but the Tigers to start of 2-9, get swept by the Royals, and only have 2 wins at the end of 11 games? Who knew? The Tigers have this so-called "great offense" that hasn't perforned so well and almost gave up a no-hitter to Gavin Floyd, a young new pitcher in the 8th inning. Is it just me, or is this team in serious trouble?
The Indians on the other hand, are struggling also. Their pitching isn't doing too bad, but they just can't seem to put runs over the plate. Another AL Central Contender in trouble early.
The Twins, White Sox, and Royals should not stay atop the AL Central for too long, but who knows, I have been wrong before. The Royals on the next part, have some young solid talent and a good pitcher in Gil Meche who made the ALL Star game last year. Can the Royals stay afloat or wil they sink to the bottom once again?
With as dominating of a first 12 games as I can remember since the Seattle Mariners in the early part of this decade going 20-4, the Cardinals are off to a suprising start........Their starting pitching is anchored by Adam Wainwright and Kyle Lohse, Braden Looper and Brad Thompson. I would've never guessed that at this point in the season they would be this good. Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick have been lights out at the plate, while Albert Pujols is waiting for May to come because he is still in Spring Training mode, (still playing oustanding baseball by the way.)
The Brewers and Cubs, most everyones favorites to win the Central division are right where we expected at the top of the division, but with the Bullpen problems lingering for both teams, they will have to hit extremley well. Ben Sheets for the Brewers will have to have an outstanding season as the ace of the team and the Cubs will have to rely on Carlos Zambrano and his wacky World Series predictions. Either way the winner of this division will probably have right around 85 wins and the bottom feeder around 70 wins. Should be an exciting division to watch as the season comes to a close.
The Astros coming off of their World Series debacle in 2005, they have a much changed team..........They have one bright spot in Roy Oswalt and need some offensive firepower they have been lacking to make it back to the playoffs. Trading for Aubrey Huff last year was not the answer.
If you are looking for a darkhorse to win the division, look no further than the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the anchor in the outfield Nate McLouth, catcher Ryan Doumit, pitcher Ian Snell, and an infield consisting of Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez and Adam LaRoche, this team is scary. Their record may not show it now, but this is a very young, fast team that to me has all the makings of a darkhorse.