25 Things to Know: Inside the Standings

by Bill Chuck on August 5, 2016

Standings on any given date are just snapshots in time, but by August 5 team results tell us both where teams have been and perhaps where they are going.

Take a look:

  • Three teams can lose the rest of their games this season and not have 100 losses: Cubs (66 wins), Nationals (64 wins), and Rangers (63 wins)
  • Five teams can win the rest of their games this season and not have 100 wins: Braves (69 losses), Diamondbacks (65 losses), Twins (65 losses), Rays (63 losses) and Reds (63 losses)
  • Three first-place teams have the best home records in baseball: Orioles (39-17), Cubs (37-17), and Rangers (34-17)
  • The Cardinals have the best road record at 32-21, followed by the Nationals 33-24, and Blue Jays 30-23
  • The Tigers and Nationals have the best interleague records at 10-4; the Reds have the worst at 4-11
  • The Rangers have the best record against teams .500 or better at 42-22, followed by the Blue Jays at 40-29 and the Cubs 33-25; the D-backs have the worst at 28-51
  • The Cubs have the best record against teams under .500 at 33-16, followed by the Indians at 37-20 and the Orioles 29-12; the Twins have the worst at 15-28
  • Perfect in extras: Royals 4-0, Angels 0-4, Rockies 0-3
  • Three teams are playing .500 baseball: the Yankees (54-54), Pirates (53-53), and Rockies (54-54)
  • The Nationals and Dodgers are each 6-4 in their last 10, 12-8 in their last 20, and 18-12 in their last 30
  • The Yankees and Mariners are each 4-6 in their last 10, 10-10 in their last 20, and 15-15 in their last 30
  • The Rangers have the best record in one-run games at 23-8; the Rays have the worst at 8-18
  • The Brewers have the best record in two-run games at 13-5; the Cardinals have the worst at 5-10
  • The Dodgers have the best record when scoring three runs at 12-7; the Twins have the worst at 1-8
  • The Dodgers have the best record when scoring four runs at 11-3; the Reds have the worst at 2-13
  • The Mariners have the best record when scoring five runs at 9-1; the Twins have the worst at 6-9
  • The A’s have the best record when allowing three runs at 10-0; the Twins have the worst at 3-9
  • The Brewers have the best record when allowing four runs at 10-2; the D-backs have the worst at 0-9
  • The Twins have the best record when allowing five runs at 9-5; the Cardinals have the worst at 2-10
  • The Red Sox have played the most games getting 10+ hits going 43-16 in 59 games; the Rays (20-10), the Padres (22-8), and Mets (21-9) have played the fewest at 30
  • The Diamondbacks have played the most games allowing 10+ hits going 13-41 in 54 games; the Cubs (8-11) have played the fewest at 19
  • In the NL East, the Nationals are the only team with a winning record against the NL East at 30-14
  • The Blue Jays are the only team in the AL East with a winning record against each of the three divisions in the AL and in interleague play
  • The Rangers are the only team in the AL West with a winning record against each of the three divisions in the AL and in interleague play
  • The Cubs are the only team in the NL with a winning record against each of the three divisions in the NL and in interleague play

Here’s a Nine to Know bonus

Since start of play on June 1:

  1. The best winning percentages in baseball belong to: the Indians (.625), Blue Jays (.618), Tigers (.614), Astros, Dodgers, Nationals (.582)
  2. On June 1, the Cubs had the best record in baseball at 35-15 (.700), since then they have gone 31-26 (.544) still the best record in the NL Central
  3. On June 1, the Red Sox had the best record in the AL at 32-20 (.615), since then they have gone 27-28 (.491), only the Rays have a worse record in the AL East (22-35 .386)
  4. On June 1, the Royals had the best record in the AL Central at 29-22 (.569), since then they have gone 22-35 (.386), tied with the Rays for the a worst record in the AL
  5. On June 1, the Rangers had the best record in the AL West at 31-21 (.596), since then they have gone 32-25 (.561), one game behind the Astros (32-23 .582) who had the best record in the AL Central
  6. On June 1, the Nationals had the best record in the NL East at 32-21 (.604), since then they have gone 32-23 (.582), the best record in the NL East
  7. On June 1, the Giants had the best record in the NL West at 33-21 (.611), since then they have gone 29-25 (.537), 2.5 games behind the Dodgers who had the best record in the NL West
  8. The Red Sox have led teams in batting since June 1 hitting .280; the Cubs have led with a 3.22 ERA
  9. Since June 1, the Orioles have not hit a triple

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