We had thought this was going to be the cream of the MLB crop this year. Detroit and Chicago- they had the best lineups in baseball, bar none, said the analysts. The Indians? Still there! The Royals? Yep, they might finally not be a joke this year. The Twins? Young, but not too far behind.
And yet here we find our selves roughly 40 games into the season and we have yet to see a dynamic and dominant team in this division. No one team really has this division by the neck. Here is each team's breakdown, in order of their standings on May 15th:
1. Cleveland Indians (22-19) The toast of the Central lately, they are 8-2 in their last ten. And it's been undoubtedly because of their rotation. Ending Wednesday, the Indians put together a string of 5 games in which their starting pitcher (Laffey, Carmona, Lee, Byrd, Sabathia, respectively) didn't allow a run. Nevermind three of them went 9 innings, and combined they gave up only 7 BBs. This rotation could be the best, most effective in the league. Said Mike Sweeney: "If [Sabathia] pitches like that the rest of the year," first baseman Mike Sweeney said, "the contract Johan Santana got will probably [look] cheap."