AL Central symmetry

The standings in the AL Central: White Sox 86-71 Twins 86-72 Indians 79-79 Royals 73-86 Tigers 71-86 I haven’t researched this at all, but I suspect this is the closest any league or division has ever gotten to perfect symmetry in the win-loss records this late in the year. It has no bearing on anything, […]

Best Record Miscellanies

In the wild-card era, 66 percent of all teams that have had the best record in their league on any day from May 1 onward have made the playoffs. When the Rays tied the Angels on May 13 for best AL record, it marked the earliest time in the wild-card era that all the teams […]


If by some quirk of fate Edinson Volquez wins an ERA title, he will end the longest team drought for ERA titles, as the last Reds leader was Ed Heusser in 1944. Other than the Cubs’ last leader being in 1945, every team has had one since the ’60s save for the Brewers, Rockies, and […]


By shutting out the Red Sox today, the Rays have moved into a three-way tie for first place in the AL East. Unsurprisingly but sadly, April 27 is a franchise record for latest date the team has been in first place, the previous record being April 16 in 2004. If they’re first place past April, […]

April ciphers, P.S.

Just some extra stuff I researched on what early results mean: The league leaders on May 1 of every year since divisional play began (except for strike-shortened years, since the dates are messed up) have the eventual playoff team atop their division/wild card 47 percent of the time. In other words, if this year is […]