Grand Standings: July 1, 2013

by Bill Chuck on July 1, 2013

A look at the numbers within the standings

Nine to Know

  1. The Pittsburgh Pirates are at the halfway mark with the best record in baseball, 51-30 (.630). The Pirates highest winning pct. ever is .741 (103-36-3) by the 1902 Bucs. The last time the Pirates finished with a pct. this high was in 1908 (.636) and 1909 (.724). The Bucs are 15-5 in their last 20 games. The Pirates won 79 games last season.
  2. The Red Sox are the only other team with 50 wins, at 50-34. They won 69 games last season.
  3. The Indians are 44-38 (.537) and are in a virtual tie for first in the AL Central with the Tigers 43-37 (.538). The Tribe is 12-2 vs the AL West and are 5-0 in extra innings.  The Tigers are 2-9 in extras, the worst record in the AL. The Indians won 68 games last season.
  4. The Reds at 46-36 are 5.5 games back in the NL Central and are 15-26 against teams .500 and better.
  5. Boston, Toronto, and Pittsburgh all had 17 wins in June, the most in baseball. 
  6. Texas, St. Louis, Minnesota, and Washington all played .500 ball in June. 
  7. Entering play on July 1, 2012, the Yankees were 47-30. They are 42-39 today.
  8. Entering play on July 1, 2012, the White Sox were 47-30. They are 32-47 today after going 8-29 for June.
  9. The Dodgers are as recently hot as the Rangers. Both teams have gone 8-2 in their 10 games, 11-9 in their last 20, and 16-14 in their last 30 games.




ivorytowerskeptic July 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Oft repeated phrase … “This is the Bucs’ year.”

bjerryberg July 1, 2013 at 2:14 pm

As a stats-monger. I wonder about that ‘record against sub-.500/ over .500’ stat.

Was the defeated opponent over .500 when the game was played–but subsequently slumped? Or maybe went on a winning streak? With many teams hovering at .500 (the Nationals come to mind,) this stat is problematic.

A team’s record against ‘above .500’ could swing rather dramatically on an off-day –if a team they swept–happened to win & went over .500

..only to plunge the next day if the same team lost a double-header.

I am not sure how much such a stat really tells us.

This is likely the kind of stat that is only meaningful when the season is over.

Clutteredagain September 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

How long has it been this 2013 season since the Cardinals, Reds, or Pirates have been separated by more than 3 1/2 games in the standings?

Bill September 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

After play on August 10, the Pirates had a four-game lead over the Cards and six over the Reds.

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