AL Central, May 1 edition

by Bill Chuck on May 1, 2012

This remains an uninteresting division unless you are a fan of one or two of the teams because right now mediocrity abounds.

The Cleveland Indians (11-9) are the only team over .500, but that’s news to their hometown fans as they are 4-7 in Cleveland. The fun thing about this team is that they are 6-1 in one run games. As a team they are hitting .244 and they don’t have a frightening bat in their lineup with a total of 16 homers. Derek Lowe has been very effective back in the AL going 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA, but Justin Masterson has been a mystery at 0-2 with a 5.40.

The Chicago White Sox (11-11) are playing as well as expected. I have to say I like Robin Ventura so far. The Sox are 4-7 at home and 4-7 on the road. They are hitting .241 but Paul Konerko has been outstanding at .383 and A.J. Pierzynski had a good month at .309 with four homers. However the rest of the infield Gordon Beckham (.153), Alexei Ramirez (.207), and Brent Morel (.178) are unimpressive.  Jake Peavy has been great to watch this season at 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA; John Danks hasn’t been at 2-3 with a 6.23.

The Detroit Tigers (11-11) are a better team than what they have shown thus far. The AL is hitting .252 and the Tigers are hitting .243. Prince Fielder is hitting .309 and Miguel Cabrera  is at .298 with 20 RBI, but the teams needs more throughout the lineup. Delmon Young is gone for at least seven games with behavior abhorrent even in a non-PC world. The Tigers ranked 23 in the majors with a 4.27 ERA, with their starters at 4.49 and that includes the great Justin Verlander at 2.41. Max Scherzer (7.77), Rick Porcello (6.45), and Adam Wilk (8.18) have all been unimpressive.

The Kansas City Royals (6-15) and the Minnesota Twins (6-16) are battling to see who will be officially eliminated first. The argument for the Twin is the worst starting pitching in baseball with a 6.75 ERA and the argument for the Royals are their starters who have put together just seven Quality Starts. The staff has 87 walks, the most in the AL.

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