Ranking The MLB Divisions For 2016

The NL may have the best division in best with the NL Central, however this is a top heavy league. In the other Divisions. the Mets and the Nats in the NL East, and the Giants and Dodgers have been beating up the rest of their respective Divisions.  With that being said they own the 1st, 5th and 6th best divisions. Of course a 12 year losing streak in Interleague has killed their win totals of late.

The NL may have the best division in best with the NL Central, however this is a top-heavy league. In the other Divisions. the Mets and the Nats in the NL East, and the Giants and Dodgers have been beating up the rest of their respective Divisions. With that being said they own the 1st, 5th and 6th best divisions. Of course a 12 year losing streak in Interleague has killed their win totals of late.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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(1) So the NL Central had 3 teams in the playoffs on the National League said and also boasted the best Divisional record at 427 – 383 (.527) – that was due largely to the Cards, Pirates and Cubs all posting 100, 98 and 95 Wins respectively.

(2) In a tough AL East, all teams almost made it to the even stature however just the Yankees and Blue Jays were over .500 – with both making the postseason.  That Division’s .517 Win Percentage ranked them 2nd in the Majors.

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(3)  With the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros both making the playoffs – and almost knocking off their series favorite in both of their series, they asserted themselves as decent clubs.  You add in a decent Angels team and the Division is still okay.

The Mariners are also capable of contending in 2016 with some tweaks.  Oakland is the only longshot however they have plenty of young players coming

(4) The World Champion Kansas City Royals had the best record in the American League, and a convincing win over the 2nd place over the Twins with a dozen game spread.

An aging club in Detroit, a malcontent squad in Chicago and a decent franchise in Cleveland round out the American League Central, but really they only get this ranking because of the Interleague dominance.

(5)  The NL West features the Dodgers and Giants who made very well lead the Division by a lot games once again in 2016, yet I like the future of the Arizona D’Backs.  Having the Padres and Rockies at the tail end of this Division doesn’t help in rankings.

(6)  The NL East may have the two safest predictions to make the playoffs in 2016, where the Nats and Mets can routinely beat up on the Marlins, Braves and Phillies.  I would not be surprised to see these latter three teams lose 90 games each and New York and Washington win 90+ games in 2016.

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Which brings us to our final point.  The American League holds a 12 year winning streak versus the NL, and the gap seems to be widening with the last 2 campaigns featuring winning percentages of .555 and .557 in 2014 and 2015.

I wish Major League Baseball would see this as a problem rather than a trend.  NO, we do not want the NL to adopt a Designated Hitter either.  This goes back to our thought to have just 8 hitters bat and 9 field.

Forget the Designated Hitter and the Pitcher hitting.  It is only a matter of time before a Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Madison Bumgarner or Max Scherzer sustains a Chien Ming-Wang type of injury and there will be a call to abort the Pitchers hitting.

Besides, it would be a way to upgrade offensively, instead of watching the feeble attempts of the hurlers waving at 100 MPH fastballs.

Spare me the DH position as well.  The MLBPA will fight that yes, but how about we can add 2 more roster spots for both clubs.

Watching guys like Mike Trout, Jose Bautista, Bryce Harper and Buster Posey and extra 50 – 60 times a year is good for the brand.

2015 Records by Division

AL East 419 – 391 (.517) (2)

AL Central 409 – 399 (.505) (3)

AL West 403 – 407 (.498) (4)

AL Record 1231 – 1197 (.506)

AL Record vs NL Record in 2016 (167 – 133., .557)  12th straight year the AL has won the Interlague Series.

Both the Indians and Tigers only played 161 games this season as a rescheduled game was not necessary to complete.

NL Record vs AL Record (133 – 167, .443)

NL East Record 374 – 436 (.462) (6)

NL Central Record 427 – 383 (.527) (1)

NL West Record 397 – 413 (.490) (5)

NL Record 1198 – 1232 (.493)

Pittsburgh had the 2nd best record in the Majors with 98 wins, yet were samarily dismissed in the Wild Card Game by the Cubs a lightning hot Jake Arrieta at the time  It may actually get worse for the Bucs in coming years with the emergence of the young NL Chicago squad and the continued dominance of the St. Louis franchise.

Pittsburgh had the 2nd best record in the Majors with 98 wins, yet were summarily dismissed in the Wild Card Game by the Cubs a lightning hot Jake Arrieta at the time It may actually get worse for the Bucs in coming years with the emergence of the young NL Chicago squad and the continued dominance of the St. Louis franchise.

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