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Monday, November 22, 2010

Week 5 Rankings - All-Star Break

Here's how they stand at the halfway point, and where they were predicted pre-season -

Interesting notes:

- The top 3 teams in the rankings are also the top 3 in batting.
- The top 3 are ranked in the top 5 in at least 2 categories
- 9 of the top 13 fielding teams are on the list
- 8 of the top 13 batting teams are on the list
- 10 of the top 13 pitching teams are on the list

1. Montreal Garde Imperiale (66-31) prev #1, preseason #2 - Again the top team. They gained one win on Cincy and are running away with the exp. % and run differential lead. They were 13-5 for the week, includng 10 our of their last 11. They are 2 gtames in on a 4game series with Cincy, and currently are 1-1. They have the best run producing outfit, are the 4th best in ERA, and have the 8th best fielding percentage. Run differential an ML best +299

2. Cincinnati Redlegs (67-30) prev #2, preseason #1 - The Redlegs continue to own the best record in the league, and they continue to stay at the top of the rankings. They stay at this spot on the strength of a 12-5 week, including 10 of their last 12. They own the third best run producing and run allowing squads, and the 12th best error avoidance team. Run differential +165

3. Buffalo Bisons (64-33) prev #3, preseason #3 - Buffalo is still a deserving #2, only behind Cincinnati in wins, but by 3 games. They are the best team in the NL, and it might not be close. They still own the best NL record, best exp%, and best run differential. They were 11-7 on the week, including a split with LA. They are the #2 batting team, #12 pitching team, and #5 fielding team. Run differential +178

4. Montgomery Burns (61-36) prev #5, preseason NR - Montgomery has stopped their slide and gained one spot in the rankings. They were 11-7 on the week, winning 2 of 3 vs LA. They are currently 1-1 in a 4 game set vs. rival Houston. They own the 5th best batting unit, 9th best pitching, and 10th best fielding. Run differential +120

5. Hartford Whalers (60-37) prev #4, preseason #7 - The Whalers' climb is halted with an average 9-9 week, and I now have the excuse to put them behind Montgomery. They offset sweeps of Houston and LA with a sweep at the hands of Dover. They are 8th in runs produced, 13th in runs given up, and 13th in errors avoided. Their run differential and exp % should see them drop a couple of spots in the coming weeks. Run differential +105

6. Cleveland Wahoos (55-42) prev NR, preseason NR - The Wahoos climb to #6 with a bullit, winning 13 out of 18 games. They swept Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Honolulu. They are 11th in batting, 2nd in pitching, and 17th in fielding. They are 2nd in the NL in both exp win % and run differential, so they should continue to climb. Run differential +126

7. Boston Tea Partiers (58-39) prev #8, preseason #4 - The Tea Partiers switch places with Houston as both traditional powers continue to have average seasons, at least for them. Boston has lost 5 of their last 8 after a sweep of hapless Salem. They are top 10 in all categories - 6th in batting,and 8th in both pitching and fielding, so they should be able to climb some more spots. Run differential +118

8. Houston Hangovers (57-40) prev #7, preseason #6 - The Hangovers are still having a difficult time living up to their reputation, going 9-9 on the week and dropping one spot. They lost 4 of 5 to team ranked higher than them (Hartford, Montgomery). They are 7th in both pitching and batting and 12th in fielding, so it would be a mistake to write them off. Run differential +124

9. Honolulu Tropics (53-44) prev NR, preseason NR - The Tropics come in one spot ahead of their biggest rivals on the strenght of a 11-7 week. They were 3-3 vs. Buffalo and Cleveland, and have won their last 7 games. They own the 21st ranked baating unit, but make up for it with both the #1 pitching and #1 fielding units. Run differential +77

10. Los Angeles Hollywoods (54-43)prev #7, preseason #5 - The Hollywoods limp into the #10 spot after a dismal 7-11 campaign. They were 3-7 vs. higher ranked teams including Hartford, Buffalo, and Montgomery. They have the 19th best batting unit, 6th best pitching squad, and 7th best fieling team. Run diffetrential +75

Dropped -
Just Missed - Jacksonville, St. Louis

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