Ranking Midseason Records for All 30 MLB Teams from 2011-2012

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Ranking Midseason Records for All 30 MLB Teams from 2011-2012
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The 2012 MLB season has evolved into an enigma regarding team records. This is especially true when comparing team records through 81 games in 2011 to the same point this year.  

While some teams have virtually the same records as they did in 2011, other teams have risen from the ashes of their own misery to give fans hope.

For example, the New York Yankees' 49-32 record in 2012 is virtually unchanged from their 50-31 record in 2011. The same goes for the St. Louis Cardinals, whose 42-39 record in 2012 is just one win less than their record at this point last season (so much for the Albert Pujols debate). And the Minnesota Twins' 35-46 record is exactly the same between 2011 and 2012.   

On the other hand, teams like the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles and L.A. Dodgers have fostered very significant turnarounds since last season.

At 48-33, the Nationals have seen an eight-point uptick in victories from 2011. This team has done this by mastering three simple orders Forrest Gump could easily follow: hit, pitch, field.

The Orioles have also seen an eight-game improvement, though they have at times have failed to hit, pitch and field. But I have to say, of all teams in the major leagues, trying to figure out the Orioles is like trying to nail gelatin dessert to a skinny tree.

There are are also the Dodgers, who have continued winning despite injuries to Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier

Then there are teams like the Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers that have fallen off track this season, for various reasons.

The Phillies, for example, are 15 games worse (36-45) through 81 games this year than they were in 2011 (51-30). Even worse, this club has gone from penthouse to cellar in the NL East.

At 31-50, the Rockies are eight games worse. And Milwaukee is six games worse at 38-43.

Wonder if the Brewers are missing Prince Fielder yet?

Anyhow, below is a complete MLB standings comparison of all 30 teams through 81 games.

Rank Team 2011 2011 Final 2012 Win Diff
01 Dodgers 36-45    82-79
44-37    +8
02 Orioles 36-45    69-93
44-37    +8
03 Nationals 40-41    80-81
48-33    +8
04 Rangers 43-38    96-66
50-31    +7
05 White Sox
39-42    79-83
44-37    +5
06 LA Angels 41-40    86-76
45-36    +4
07 Pirates 41-40
   72-90
45-36
   +4
08 Royals 33-48    71-91
37-44
   +4
09 Astros 28-53
 56-106   
32-49
   +4
10 Mets 41-40
   77-85
44-37
   +3
11 Reds
41-40
   79-83
44-37
   +3
12 Athletics 36-45    74-88
39-42
   +3
13 Marlins
36-45
   72-90
39-42
   +3
14 Blue Jays 40-41
   81-81
41-40
   +1
15 Twins
35-46
   63-99
35-46
     0
16 Yankees 50-31
   97-65 49-32     -1
17 Giants
46-35
   86-76
45-36
    -1
18 Cardinals
43-38
   90-72
42-39
    -1
19 Rays 45-36
   91-71
43-38
    -2
20 Indians
44-37
   80-82 42-39
    -2
21 Cubs
33-48    71-91
31-50
    -2
22 Braves
46-35
   89-73
42-39
    -4
23 Tigers
43-38
   95-67
39-42     -4
24 Red Sox 47-34    90-72
42-39
    -5
25 D-Backs
44-37
   94-68
39-42
    -5
26 Mariners 39-42    67-95 34-47
    -5
27 Padres
36-45
   71-91
31-50
    -5
28 Brewers
44-37
   96-66
38-43
    -6
29 Rockies
39-42    73-89
31-50
    -8
30 Phillies 51-30  102-60
36-45   -15

Standings Courtesy: MLB.com

 

James Morisette is a featured writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter.

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