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Breaking news: AL Central is a really, really bad division

Aug 4, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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Last night’s loss dropped the Indians to 54-54, which means the Tigers are the only team in the AL Central above .500 at 59-51.

Even the Tigers’ division-leading record would put them in second place in the NL Central and third place in every other division.

And that might actually be a stretch, since Detroit gets to beat up on other AL Central teams thanks to the unbalanced schedule and is just 36-38 versus teams not in baseball’s worst division.

All five AL Central teams have been out-scored by their opponents this season and collectively the division has a 263-284 (.481) record with a -177 run differential. Yuck.

  1. yankeesgameday - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Verlander is still a stud. Best pitcher in the AL? Maybe a tie between him and cc.

    • Ari Collins - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Weaver too, probably. But yeah. He’s a stud.

  2. JBerardi - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    The Orioles would be right in the thick of things in this division.

    • Ari Collins - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Don’t know if I’d go that far. But I think the AL East’s 4th place team would be winning the Central.

      • jimbo1949 - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:45 PM

        Nope, 3rd place Rays are 57/52, 2.5 behind Detroit

      • spudchukar - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:50 PM

        It certainly isn’t a stretch to assert the Rays would be leading that division if they were playing the majority of their games vs the weaker Central teams.

      • Ari Collins - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:12 PM

        Yeah, if the AL East’s 4th place team is only a few games back from the AL Central’s 1st, you’d have to think they would be tied or ahead if they weren’t playing the East so much.

      • cktai - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM

        Scedule jimbo.

        If we would replace the Tigers with the Blue Jays, and take the current winning percentages against AL East and AL Central and extrapolate, the Blue Jays would be 59-51.

      • Ari Collins - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:39 PM

        Neat math. Thanks!

      • mella21 - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:25 PM

        forget the AL East–how would the Astros be doing in this division?

  3. cktai - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Central Coast Bias

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Yeah but the Mariners are in the West. Your move, Gleezy.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:12 PM

      I’ll see your Mariners, and raise you the Astros and Cubs.

      In fairness to Gleeman, he didn’t say the Al Central was the worst division, just really, really bad.

    • Ari Collins - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:21 PM

      At least the West has two good teams in it.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:58 PM

      I’ll say it: The AL Central IS THE WORST DIVISION. The NL Central is a second in my opinion. Seattle drags down the AL West, but the Rangers and Angels are too nasty for that division to be considered weak compared to the others I note above.

      • Ari Collins - Aug 4, 2011 at 6:43 PM

        I would probably have the two Easts and then the AL West third best, myself. It’s a little weird since it only has four teams, but two of them are pretty good and only one terrible. Then the NL Central has two pretty good teams, two okay ones, and two terrible (okay, one is beyond terrible), which makes it pretty average, to me, along with the NL West. Then the AL Central far behind.

        I’d go:

        AL East

        [big gap]

        NL East
        AL West
        NL Central/NL West

        [big gap]

        AL Central

  5. RK - Aug 4, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    I prefer to think they’re all equally awesome. It’s the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, but I feel like it’s making me grow as a person.

  6. opshuns - Aug 4, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Isn’t that what they said about the NL West last year?

    • Ari Collins - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:27 PM

      Your point? The ’06 NL Central was terrible, and the Cardinals still won the World Series.

  7. bjones036 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    The inidains have a winning record agaisnt the east. They just get beat up in the division. So if u add that up doesn’t make the division tougher then.

  8. Detroit Michael - Aug 5, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    The article says that the AL Central has a .481 record.

    Note that the NL Central has a .469 record. Factor in strength of schedule factors, and most observers would downgrade a NL division more than an AL division. While the AL Central is more consistently subpar, thanks primarily to the Astros, the NL Central is the worst division in baseball currently.

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