Tuesday, August 4, 2015

First Division

Dodgers, Angels fighting to stay in top tier

The Dodgers improved their status in the First Division during the weekend, but at the expense of the Angels. The Dodgers swept three games from the Orange County club, pushing themselves slightly out of the relegation zone while the Angels fell to last place in the top tier. Time is running out for both clubs. The Angels have only six First Division games remaining, and the Dodgers have only 10. The Dodgers now are 13-18 in the First Division, while the Angels have fallen to 5-11.

Henry Aaron Award

Today's standings

Aaron still safe with Dodgers

July 31, 2015

Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer for the Texas Rangers Sunday, giving his club a 2-1 win against the San Francisco Giants, along with retention of the Henry Aaron Award. Because the Aaron remains in the American League, the Dodgers are safe with their lead in the Henry Aaron standings.Here are the standings across the Major Leagues through July 30 in all the competitions, including the Henry Aaron, Dick Allen and Harmon Killebrew traveling trophies, the West, East and Center regional leagues, the ordinal divisions with promotion and relegation, and, of course, the Major League playoff races, among others.


Harmon Killebrew Award

Local deadline trades solid

Hot Yanks have Harmon

The Angels and Dodgers each made helpful moves going up to the July 31 trading deadline, though neither club made big headlines across the game. The Dodgers added depth to their pitching rotation, while the Angels added veteran outifielders who will give them flexibility.Dominating the American League East as they are, the New York Yankees are one of the surprise teams in the Major Leagues. And it's always surprising when the Yankees are surprising. In addition to leading their division for the last 30 days, the Yankees now hold the Harmon Killebrew Award.


East League

Angels unique in expansion

Mets fly to top of East League

Just going by the regular season histories, the Angels are the most successful expansion franchise in the history of Major League Baseball, being the only expansion franchise with a winning record historically. The Angels went over. 500 in July 2014 and they have kept winning.New York Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores, all but unknown a week ago, has become a national folk hero this week, first for his public display of sadness when he thought the Mets traded him, then for beating the Washington Nationals almost by himself Friday night when it turned out the Mets didn't trade him. Flores pushed the Mets back into a tie on top of the East League.