The Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals split the 2012 championship in the Bud Selig West. The Dodgers had the best winning percentage, but the Cardinals were more games above .500. Close behind the Dodgers and Cardinals were the Angels and Texas Rangers.
By BILL PETERSON
Big Leagues in Los Angeles
A tight 2012 race in the Bud Selig West resulted in something of a split championship.
The Los Angeles Dodgers had the best record on a percentage basis, going 26-19 for a .578 percentage. However, the St. Louis Cardinals have a lot more games from year to year in the Bud Selig West. At 40-31, the Cardinals were more games over .500 than the Cardinals, even though their winning percentage (.563) was a little lower.
The Dodgers and Cardinals both chased the Cincinnati Reds in the Chub Feeney League during the 2012 season. But they were more successful in the Bud Selig West (the Reds are in the Bud Selig East), even though their winning percentages in the Bud Selig West were actually a little lower in that league than in the Chub Feeney League.
The Angels and Texas Rangers, who finished seven and eight games behind the Chicago White Sox in the Joe Cronin League, both were right there in the Bud Selig West, each finishing 1½ game behind the Cardinals with identical winning percentages of .550. The Rangers were 5-1 against Chub Feeney teams (the Houston Astros were the only one they played), while the Angels were 4-2 against the Chub Feeney League.