|2008 National League - Standings|
|NY Mets||33||35||.485||6.5||20-14||13-21||322||316||Won 1||3-7|
|Chicago Cubs||45||25||.643||-||29-8||16-17||387||279||Won 2||7-3|
|St. Louis||42||29||.592||3.5||23-14||19-15||334||310||Won 2||6-4|
|LA Dodgers||31||38||.449||5.5||18-15||13-23||292||297||Lost 5||3-7|
|San Diego||31||40||.437||6.5||20-18||11-22||269||324||Lost 1||7-3|
|San Francisco||30||40||.429||7||13-22||17-18||281||322||Lost 3||5-5|
I'll make this quick. Only two changes in the National League. In the central, the Pirates and Astros have switched places. Whereas in the West, San Diego is slowly climbing up the ladder ... they went from last place to third in about three weeks. The Dodgers meanwhile have stayed at second place, with the game margin going back and forth. Now they are just only ONE game away from losing second place to San Diego. Well... I guess one game from being tied in second. Let's hope the Dodgers can go into Cincinatti and sweep the team that is 12.5 games back in the Central Division.
Now ... who has the best and worst records of the Majors?
American League Best: Boston witha 44 - 28 record has over taken last week's first place Angels who now has 42 - 28
National League Best: Chicago Cubs 45 - 25 = .643 (they have won five and lost one in the last week. Need I say more?)
American League Worst: Seattle Mariners 24 - 45 = .348 (they've won two and lost four in the last week)
National League Worst: Colorado Rockies 24 - 39 = .381 (well, winning four games and losing two didn't help them move up in NL, but they gained 1.5 games in their division)
I'm sure you can figure out who's the best and worst overall.
Onto the Dodgers ...
I'm only going to mention the following stats.
Home Runs: Russell Martin hit his fifth homerun on 5/15 (his last home run was on June 7), Andre his sixth on 5/14, and Andy LaRoche his first on 6/11.
Strike Outs - Matt Kemp went from having 63 strike outs last week to 68. Well, he did miss two games thanks to a suspension ... and he did strike out several times against Randy Wolf on Wednesday. Since the eighth, he has only played in four games ... in which he struck out three times on Wednesday and twice on Saturday.
Batting Averages - the first number is from June 8th, and the second number is from June 15. The number in parenthesis () are points dropped or in Loney's case, raised. For the positional players, I listed them from who has the most percentage points earned, and going down as they decreased.
(3) Loney's went from .280 to .296 (+16) going 9 for his last 19 (.474)
(9) Pierre's went from .276 to .275 (-1) going 7 for his last 27 (.259)
(2) Martin's went from .314 to .310 (-4) going 7 for his last 25 (.280)
(7) Ethier's went from .299 to .286 (-13) going 3 for his last 20 (.150)
(8) Kemp's went from .307 to .293 (-14) going 2 for his last 13 (.154)
(4) Kent's went from .257 to .239 (-18) going 3 for his last 19 (.158)
(5) DeWitt's went from .298 to .279 (-19) going 3 for his last 20 (.150)
(6) Berroa went from .200 to .167 (-33) going 4 for his last 17 (.235)
Young went from .286 to .300, having only played in 6 games, going 6 for 18 (.333)
Maza went from .238 to .239, having only played in four games, going 2 for 6
Sweeney went from .130 to .118, having only played in four games, going 0 for 5