Wednesday, January 16, 2008

NL Central - Winter Rankings

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NL Central - Winter Rankings

For a description for how these rankings/numbers were created, please see the NL West post below.

Team CIN MIL CHC HOU STL PIT Total
CIN NA .5141 .5066 .5006 .5109 .5411 .51466
MIL .4859 NA .5033 .5087 .5183 .5499 .51322
CHC .4934 .4967 NA .5023 .5139 .5474 .51074
HOU .4994 .4913 .4977 NA .5122 .5486 .50984
STL .4891 .4817 .4861 .4878 NA .5185 .49264
PIT .4589 .4501 .4525 .4514 .4815 NA .45888


Skinny: Quite a logjam at the top of this division. Three teams, the Reds, Brewers and Cubs all within the margin of error (.005) of the top spot with the Astros right there behind. Then a significant dropoff to the Cardinals and a huge dropoff to the Pirates. The Reds were bouyed by their good showing against the Brewers, they were the only team to outplay the Brewers head to head. For the Reds Harang was an impressive 4-1 against other #1 starters only suffering a close defeat to Gallardo. Bailey was 5-0 at the #4 spot and Volquez was 5-0 at the #5 spot. The Reds get alot of their strength from the tail end of their rotation. Hill and Sheets were the best #2 pitchers, each going 4-1 in H2H matchups. Ted Lilly dominated the #3 spot with a perfect 5-0.