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 Post subject: NL Worst?
PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 12:41 am 
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Conventional (Eastern big media) wisdom states that the NL West is clearly the worst division in the big leagues. But as it stands Tuesday night, each team is at least two games over .500, and the division has the best cumulative record in the big leagues as well.
So what constitutes the sportswriters' definition of strength of division? Two or three strong teams with a couple of patsies, or a bigger group of above-average teams.
The same argument could be applied to the NHL, where Edmonton certainly wasn't close to contending for the Presidents Cup. By playing an unbalanced schedule in a division with several good, but not great teams, however, they were better prepared for the playoffs than the Detroits of the world, which piled on points at the expense of St. Louis and Chicago and the likes night after night.


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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 9:58 am 
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What's more unusual in the National League this late in the season is that only 4 of 16 teams in the league (Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington, and Florida) have losing records. But those four teams have REALLY bad records.

So it's clear who's awful in the NL. It's not yet clear who's great.

The NL West certainly was the worst division in baseball last year. Everyone said the Padres didn't belong in the playoffs -- and everyone was pretty much right. But this year I haven't heard much talk about the NL West at all, good or bad, here on the East Coast.


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