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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...EARLY MAY BASEBALL UPDATE!
by Bruce Marshall, Goldsheet.com Editor


It’s easy enough to locate the MLB standings every day. Just open up any sports page, or click into any sports website worth its salt, and the standings are easy to find.

Bettors value won-loss records, too, but there’s a different measuring device most “players” want to be abreast of as well. Money Line and Run Line standings provide an extra barometer for handicappers to consult as they make their daily selections, so we provide those true “money” standings by division below. We will provide shorter-term calculations as the season progresses, but for now, we provide an overview since opening day.

Following records are through games of May 8...

MONEY LINE STANDINGS

AL WEST

Texas +448
Oakland -60
Seattle -292
Houston -970
LA Angels -1585

AL CENTRAL

Cleveland +583
Minnesota +530
Kansas City +476
Detroit +199
Chicago White Sox -425

AL EAST

Baltimore +868
NY Yankees +538
Boston +528
Tampa Bay -681
Toronto -1175

NL WEST

Colorado +609
Arizona +385
San Francisco +365
San Diego +124
LA Dodgers -1306

NL CENTRAL

St. Louis +760
Pittsburgh +645
Cincinnati -74
Milwaukee -345
Chicago Cubs -691

NL EAST

Atlanta +436
Washington +61
NY Mets -512
Philadelphia -728
Miami -997

What jumps out in the Money Line standings reflects regular W-L tables as well; in other words, it’s been a bad season thus far for the L.A.-area teams, as the Angels and Dodgers both rate at the bottom of their respective leagues. Other interesting developments include all AL West teams except Texas in minus territory, all AL Central teams save the White Sox in plus territory, and the performance of the top three teams in the AL East (Baltimore, Yankees, and Boston), all at +528 or better. Correspondingly, Tampa Bay (-681) and Toronto (-1175) have been making it a big easier for the top three in the AL East.

RUN LINE STANDINGS

AL WEST

Oakland +214
Teas +153
LA Angels -505
Houston -686
Seattle -879

AL CENTRAL

Kansas City +741
Detroit +516
Minnesota +399
Chicago White Sox -185
Cleveland -628

AL EAST

Baltimore +736
Tampa Bay +438
NY Yankees +134
Boston +45
Toronto -1002

NL WEST

Colorado +703
Arizona +509
San Diego -230
San Francisco -841
LA Dodgers -908

NL CENTRAL

Pittsburgh +433
St. Louis +356
Chicago Cubs -237
Milwaukee -505
Cincinnati -523

NL EAST

Atlanta +632
Miami -7
Philadelphia -68
Washington -413
NY Mets -603

More interesting numbers in the Run Line standings, which often do not closely reflect the straight-up records as does the Money Line. Some discrepancies also in comparison to individual teams on the Money Line, too; no better example than the Indians, +583 on the Money Line but -628 on the Run Line. The Giants have also offered poor Run Line value (-841) compared to their Money line (+365) performance. And while the Blue Jays have offered as poor Run Line value (-1002) as they have on the Money Line (-1175), the lowly Marlins have been an effective break-even proposition on the Run Line (only -7) compared to their poor (-997) Money Line performance.


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