The Pittsburgh Pirates have taken a 5 game lead of the pack after the Cubs go on a 9 game bender. No surprises here so far.
The Philadelphia Phillies have created a 4 game gap but will it be enough. The Baltimore Orioles have not got used to their new digs yet. The Indians are still trying to overcome their horrendous schedule (Pittsburgh, Florida and Salem in a row ) where they didn't play well. While the Mets are being the Mets.
The Florida Marlins have a 6 game lead already which is not surprising. Houston is suddenly trying to stay close.
The Salem Super Sequoias have opened a 7 game lead and may vie for the #1 seed this season. Their division brethren are languishing, especially at home.
The Seattle Mariners are in first today as Detroit is on a 4 game bender. Don't look for any team to be comfy in this division, as all of them may enjoy their time in first place before the season is over.
The Boston Red Sox have corralled an early 6 game lead which is no surprise. Atlanta is still trying to overcome the new expanse, while Dover just can't get things going.
The Tampa Bay Rays enjoy a 1 game lead. Yes, I say enjoy, for a team that hasn't seen the front of the pack in a very long time. Gee, didn't I predict a division crown for them? Louisville will be battling them all season long of course. St Louis and KC are not to be taken lightly of course.
The Colorado Rockies are enjoying their new park and a 6 game lead, but will the pitching hold up there. The rest of the division seem to be malingering, will one of them find the spark to catch them?