As it stands, the American League doesn't even look very interesting in 2007.
The three division leaders, plus Detroit, have done a nice job in separating themselves from the rest of the league. The only other teams in the AL above .500 are the White Sox, who seem to have achieved this feat with mirrors, and the Mariners. The Mariners?
Jays fans aren't the only ones feeling shortchanged. Yankees fans have come to expect better. An absolute disaster is unfolding in Texas, where the RAngers now sport the worst record in the league - worse then Tampa, worse then Kansas City. (So much for the Showalter Effect!). The fans in New York, Oakland and Minnesota can take some comfort in the fact that their teams have played better than their records indicate. But Pythagoras is a Cruel Mistress, and likes to pick out a couple of units each year to be its personal whipping boy.
Surprises? Well, how about the Detroit offense. They're on pace to score 893 runs, which would be about a 70 run improvement on last season. Anyone see that coming? Their offense last season wasn't really that impressive. Is Gary Sheffield having that big an impact?
No. It's a five man offense. Sheffield and Polanco have been good, Guillen and Granderson have been great, and Magglio Ordonez has decided that all this talk of handing A-Rod the MVP was just a little premature...