Every baseball season is different and yet everyone seems to be the same. Especially in the American League East, where the Yankees tend to get off to a fairly slow start and then build momentum and the Red Sox hold onto first place until around July/August, only to falter and fall into second (and sometimes third).That same scenario may be playing out, but if it is, itâ€™s doing so with some extremely new twists. Last night, Boston, lead by a very sound Curt Schilling performance and the inspired hitting of Kevin Youkilis, beat the Indians , giving them a record of 35-15 (.700). That put them 11.5 games ahead of Baltimore. If you havenâ€™t checked the standings, you may think that the Orioles are in last place in their division. Not at all, they are the second place team.
The last place team in the East is the New York Yankees. Thatâ€™s right. Below Baltimore, Tornoto and Tampa Bay lie the Bronx Bombers. They were the only team in the AL East that did not win last night, having been beaten by the Blue Jays 7- 2. Baltimore beat Kansas City 9- 1.
The Yanks have the third worst record in the AL!
If youâ€™re looking for a pitching staff to bet on, it is the Red Sox. Two other good ones would be the Aâ€™s and Angels. Detroit and Cleveland are also good bets in the AL, but thatâ€™s based more on run production and closer status (both of which are very good).
The Red Sox and Oakland are the best all-around clubs to bet on, having fine hitting and deep pitching that can take them through to the end of the game.
The Yanksâ€™ sticks have been inconsistent, the starters mediocre and the bullpen nonexistent.
So, how will this play out? With about one-third of the season gone, itâ€™s hard to imagine the Yanks on top and the Red Sox in second. Then again, stranger things have happened.(I think?)