AL East mediocrity persists

There are many reasons why the game is played on the field and not on paper. After all the pre-season talk, I say the top three in the NL East are better than the top four in the AL East.

Just look at the AL East and you can see flawed diamonds:

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB R RA Rdiff Home Road 1Run last10 last20 last30
1 NYY 25 21 .543 5.2 4.2 1.0 15-13 10-8 5-7 5-5 8-12 15-15
2 TBR 26 22 .542 4.2 3.7 0.5 11-13 15-9 8-4 3-7 11-9 17-13
3 BOS 25 22 .532 0.5 4.5 4.4 0.1 16-10 9-12 7-7 8-2 13-7 19-11
4 TOR 24 23 .511 1.5 4.6 4.3 0.3 11-11 13-12 7-10 7-3 11-9 16-14
5 BAL 21 24 .467 3.5 4.0 4.9 -0.9 12-14 9-10 6-3 5-5 9-11 15-15
Avg 24 22 .519 4.5 4.3 13-12 11-10 6-6 5-4 10-9 16-13
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/24/2011.
  • Last night, the Yankees lost to Toronto, 7-3 as Carlos Villanueva (2-0) limited the Yankees to two hits and a run in five innings in his first start since Oct. 3, 2009, for Milwaukee. Jose Bautista continued to show why he is the best hitter in baseball as he simply crushed a pitch from Bartolo Colon (2-3) for his 19th homer of the season. Colon surrendered a season-high six runs on seven hits in six innings of work. Today is Colon 38th birthday.
  • Last night, the Red Sox lost to  Cleveland, 3-2 as Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-out RBI double in the 8th inning as Daniel Bard (1-4) continued his inconsistent season for Boston. Michael Brantley‘s two-out RBI single off Bard had just tied the game and cost Clay Buchholz the victory. Buchholz ended the night having given up two runs and four hits in 7.1 innings. Carl Crawford hit his second homer of the season but hit into a game-ending double play with runners on first and third.
  • Last night, the Rays lost to Detroit as Charlie Furbush (1-0) pitched 3.2 scoreless innings of relief and won in his major league debut and Andy Dirks hit his first career homer, as the Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-3. Both teams have now won two of their last seven games.