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Decoding the MLB Standings After the First 2 Weeks

It's been an interesting start to the new season of baseball in 2013. Some teams we expected to do well are doing well (Braves, Tigers), the teams we expected to do bad are doing bad (Miami, Houston), some teams we expected to do well aren't doing so well (Angels, Reds, Blue Jays), and some teams we expected to do bad are doing well (Athletics, Mets, Red Sox). As we take a look into the standings, it seems like it all comes down to run differential: the number of runs scored minus the number of runs given up. The teams with mediocre RD are in the middle of the pack, while the teams with exceptional RD are out in front.

Before I get into RD by league, I'll give a quick reference to the stigmas given to each league. It's said that the AL is a hitter's league, and the NL is a pitcher's league, and so far that has proven to be true, but only marginally. The 15 teams in the AL have scored 728 runs, 25 more runs than the 15 teams in the NL could muster. The NL teams have given up 692 runs, 47 less runs than the AL. We see a (-)11 RD in the AL, and a +11 RD in the NL. Simply put, the AL is scoring more and the NL is pitching better. No surprise there. The AL teams are scoring 4.36 runs/game, .10 better than the NL, and the NL teams are giving up 4.19 runs/game, .28 runs less/game than the AL.

Now, for the breakdown in run differential:

American League

Total RD by division:

East: +2 Best: Boston (+16), Worst: Toronto (-19)

Central: -13 Best: Detroit (+12), Worst: Minnesota (-18)

West: Even Best: Oakland (+30), Worst: Los Angeles (-22)

Best Scoring Teams by Division (runs scored):Best Pitching Teams by Division (runs allowed)

East: New York (57): Boston (32)

Central: Detroit (58): Kansas City (39)

West: Oakland (73): Texas (35)

Worst Scoring Teams by Division (runs scored): Worst Pitching Teams by Division (runs allowed)

East: Tampa Bay (33): Toronto (64)

Central: Chicago (39): Minnesota (58)

West: Los Angeles (40): Los Angeles (62)

National League

Total RD by division:

East: +14 Best: Atlanta (+30), Worst: Miami (-25)

Central: -9 Best: St. Louis (+28), Worst: Milwaukee (-27)

West: +6 Best: Arizona (+16), Worst: San Diego (-28)

Best Scoring Teams by Division (runs scored):Best Pitching Teams by Division (runs allowed)

East: New York (69): Atlanta (23)

Central: St. Louis (66): St. Louis (38)

West: Arizona/Colorado (63): Los Angeles (32)

Worst Scoring Teams by Division (runs scored): Worst Pitching Teams by Division (runs allowed)

East: Miami (19): Philadelphia (57)

Central: Milwaukee (32): Milwaukee (59)

West: San Diego (38): San Diego (66)

Some people may be looking at this going, "Well yeah, a better run differential equals better record", but that isn't always the case. A team can go 5-1 with a -10 RD if they won all 5 games 1-0 but lost their one game by 15. What Rd does let us see is the strengths and weaknesses of each team. While the Yankees are the top scores in the AL east, they are only 5-5 because their pitching isn't picking up with the hitting.

Altogether, the league is very close as of now. The only standout teams so far are the surprising Athletics and the usually strong Braves. As the season progresses, we'll get a better picture on how each league stacks up against the other in hitting and pitching.

Hope this game you a unique perspective on the league!

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Charting Win Percentage for NFL Teams: NFC 2003-2012

I took a little time to research and plot out the win percentages of each team in the NFL so everyone can get a visual representation of how each team is trending. This post will feature the 16 teams in the NFC.  Here's the AFC Charts:Link

Each chart plots the Win % year-by-year over the past 10 seasons.

Click on the links below to enlarge the charts: 

NFC East   


New York Giants logo
 New York Giants  

  • Collins Year: '03 
  • Warner Year: '04 
  • Manning Years: '05-'12
  • Playoff Appearances: '05, '06, '07, '08, '11 
  • Conference Championship Years: '08,'11 
  • Super Bowl Champs: '08, '11 

Philadelphia Eagles logo
Philadelphia Eagles  

  • McNabb Years: '03-'09
  • Vick Years: '09-'12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '03, '04, '06, '08, '09, '10 
  • Conference Champions: '04 
  • No Super Bowl Championships 

Dallas Cowboys logo
Dallas Cowboys  

  • Carter Year: '03 
  • Testaverde Year: '04 
  • Bledsoe Year: '05 
  • Kitna Year: '10 
  • Romo Years: '06-'12 except '10  
  • Playoff Appearances: '03, '06, '07, '09 
  • No Conference of Super Bowl Championships 

Washington Redskins logo
Washington Redskins 

  • Ramsay Year: '03 
  • Brunell Years: '04-'06 
  • Campbell Years: '07-09 
  • McNabb Year: '10 
  • Grossman Year: '11 
  • Griffin III Year: '12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '05, '07, '12  
  • No Conference or Super Bowl Championships 

NFC North   


Green Bay Packers logo
 Green Bay Packers 

  • Favre Years: '03-'07 
  • Rodgers Years: '07-'12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '03, '04, '07, '09, '10, '11, '12 
  • Conference Championships: '10 
  • Super Bowl Champions: '10 

Minnesota Vikings logo
 Minnesota Vikings 

  • Culpepper Years: '03-'05 
  • Johnson Year: '06 
  • Jackson Year: '07 
  • Frerotte Year: '08 
  • Favre Years: '09-'10 
  • McNabb Year: '11 
  • Ponder Year: '12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '04, '08, '09, '12  
  • No Conference or Super Bowl Championships 

Chicago Bears logo
 Chicago Bears 

  • Stewart Year: '03 
  • Krenzel Year: '04 
  • Orton Years: '05, '08 
  • Grossman Years: '06-'07 
  • Cutler Years: '09-'12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '05, '06, '10 
  • Conference Champs: '06 
  • No Super Bowl Wins 

Detroit Lions logo
Detroit Lions 

  • Harrington Years: '03-'05 
  • Kitna Years: '06-'07
  • Orlovsky Year: '08 
  • Stafford Years: '09, '11-'12 
  • Hill Year: '10 
  • Playoff Appearances: '11 
  • No Conference or Super Bowl Championships

NFC South   


Atlanta Falcons logo
 Atlanta Falcons 

  • Johnson Year: '03 
  • Vick Years: '04-'06 
  • Harrington Year: '07 
  • Ryan Years: '08-'12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '04, '08, '10, '11, '12 
  • No Conference or Super Bowl Championships

New Orleans Saints logo
 New Orleans Saints 

  • Brooks Years: '03-'05 
  • Brees Years: '06-'12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '06, '09, '10, '11 
  • Conference Championships: '09 
  • Super Bowl Champs: '09 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo
 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

  • Johnson Year: '03 
  • Griese Year: '04 
  • Simms Year: '05 
  • Gradowski Year: '06 
  • Garcia Years: '07-'08 
  • Freeman Years: '09-'12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '05, '07 
  • No Conference or Super Bowl Championships 

Carolina Panthers logo
 Carolina Panthers 

  • Delhomme Years: '03-'06, '08-09 
  • Testaverde Year: '07 
  • Clausen Year: '10 
  • Newton Years: '11-'12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '03, '05, '08 
  • Conference Champs: '03 
  • No Super Bowl Championships

NFC West    (For some reason the chart doesn't want to copy/paste into here so you have to use the      link)

San Francisco 49ers logo
San Francisco 49ers 

  • Garcia Year: '03 
  • Rattay Year: '04 
  • Smith Years: '05-'07, '09-'11 
  • Hill Year: '08 
  • Kaepernick Year: '12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '11, '12 
  • Conference Champs: '12 
  • No Super Bowl Championships  

St. Louis Rams logo
 St. Louis Rams 

  • Bulger Years: '03-'09 
  • Bradford Years: '10-'12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '03, '04  
  • No Conference or Super Bowl Championships 

Arizona Cardinals logo
 Arizona Cardinals 

  • Blake Year: '03 
  • McCown Year: '04 
  • Warner Years: '05-'09 
  • Anderson Year: '10 
  • Kolb Year: '11 
  • Skelton/Kolb/Lindley Year: '12 
  • Playoff Appearances: '08, '09 
  • Conference Champions: '08  
  • No Super Bowl Championships 

Seattle Seahawks logo
 Seattle Seahawks 

  • Hasselbeck Years: '03-'07, '09-'10
  • Wallace Years: '08 
  • Jackson Years: '11 
  • Wilson Year: '12 
  • Playoff Years: '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '10, '12 
  • Conference Champions: '05 
  • No Super Bowl Championships 
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Alex Smith Trade Deal to Kansas City Has Been Confirmed

From ESPN: 

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, a league source confirmed to ESPN.com's John Clayton.


Terms of the trade, which can't officially be completed until March 12 when the 2013 league year begins, weren't immediately available.


The trade agreement was first reported by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer on Twitter. 


Smith, the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick, lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick while sitting out with a concussion but was professional at every turn and continued to mentor his replacement.


Before his injury, Smith had completed 26 of his last 28 passes -- including going 18-of-19 for 232 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a "Monday Night Football" win at Arizona on Oct. 29.


He then sustained a concussion in the second quarter of the 49ers' next game, a 24-24 tie against St. Louis on Nov. 11. Smith sat out the next game as Kaepernick dazzled in his debut as an NFL starter, beating the Bears handily at home on "Monday Night Football." Smith didn't start again last season.


The 28-year-old quarterback has thrown for 14,280 yards with 81 touchdowns and 63 interceptions in 80 career games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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