|July 1, 2003
Over the past month, Seattle, thanks to its outstanding defense, has climbed far above the .600 level and become the best team in the league. The Yankees have also played well (thank you, Mets). The next group of teams, Oakland, Boston and Toronto, maybe Anaheim, appear to be contenders for the wild card. By the way, Oakland used to be the clear league leader in least runs allowed, but Seattle has largely closed the gap. The AL Central could be a three-team race among .500 ballclubs; maybe even a four-team race sometime during the year, as Cleveland also had a strong month.
Boston's offense is so strong, I had to tweak the graph to fit them in. Meanwhile, poor Tampa Bay had a miserable Pythagorean month. Most of those negative wins occurred in June.