Get a sneak peek of the future VI! Try it now
Advertisement
Be Social
VegasInsider.com on Youtube Bet Now

 
Marlins, Tigers creating interesting standings early


Sign up to receive daily news from VegasInsider

If you wanted chaos in this abbreviated baseball season, you're already getting it. The question is: How long it will last?

Advertisement

If the playoffs started Monday, the Marlins and Tigers would be in, while last year's pennant winners - the Nationals and Astros - would not. It still feels early, but some teams have played over a quarter of their 60-game schedules.

Now for the reality check: Even after their impressive starts, Miami and Detroit have a long way to go.

According to FanGraphs, the Marlins (7-3) still have only a 22.9% chance of making the 16-team postseason field. The Tigers (8-5) have a 32.4% chance. So while a good start could mean more than usual this season, heavy underdogs still have a lot to prove.

Miami was quite a story this past week. After finally returning from their layoff brought on by a coronavirus outbreak, the Marlins promptly won their first four games back. That franchise has never won a division title and also has never lost a postseason series, so if the Marlins take advantage of the expanded playoffs this year, it would feel oddly appropriate.

Detroit is hoping for big things from its pitching prospects in the years to come, and promoting right-hander Casey Mize - the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft - could give the Tigers a boost this season.

A word of caution, though: Miami's run differential is plus-4, and Detroit's is even. They've surprised, but hardly dominated.

As for the Astros and Nationals, Houston (6-9) still has an 80.3% chance of making the playoffs according to FanGraphs. Only Oakland has gotten off to a good start in the AL West. The Astros are already 5+ games behind the first-place Athletics, but second place also secures a postseason spot this year.

The Nationals haven't been as fortunate. They're last in the NL East, and their playoff chances are down to a near coin flip - 51%.

TRIVIA TIME

The Marlins won the World Series in 1997 and 2003. Name the only team they beat in both of those postseason runs.

INDIVIDUAL STATS

The shortened schedule this year led to some speculation that someone might be able to hit .400. But even at this early stage, only two qualified hitters are above that mark: Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies is at .458 and Donovan Solano of the Giants is at .455.

There's no similar ERA benchmark that pitchers necessarily shoot for, although it's worth pointing out that only Trevor Bauer of the Reds (0.93) and Chris Bassitt of the A's (1.08) are below 1.12 - the ERA that Bob Gibson famously put up over a full season in 1968.

LOWLIGHT

It's not unusual to see a ball bounce off an outfielder's glove and over the wall for a home run, but Nick Solak of the Rangers hit a flyball Sunday that was so routine that it was scored a four-base error when it caromed off the glove of Angels outfielder Jo Adell and over.

LINE OF THE WEEK

Dylan Bundy of the Angels struck out 10 in a complete game victory over Seattle on Thursday. He allowed four hits in a 6-1 win. Bundy has struck out 25 and walked two in his first three starts.

TRIVIA ANSWER

The Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants in the Division Series in both 1997 and 2003. The 2003 series ended when Jeff Conine threw J.T. Snow out at the plate, with Ivan Rodriguez holding onto the ball in a collision at home.

---

Follow Noah Trister at https://twitter.com/noahtrister

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2020 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
· Rogers: AL Wild Card Cheat Sheet
· Rogers: NL Wild Card Cheat Sheet
· Marshall: Future Odds Outlook - National League Pennant
· Marshall: Future Odds Outlook - American League Pennant
· Astros win Game 1 as Twins skid continues
· Giolito dazzles, White Sox drop A's in G1
· Dodgers confident going against Brewers
· Cubs, Marlins to meet after bumpy paths
· Bauer leads Reds rotation against Braves
MORE HEADLINES
 
MLB Hot Streaks
10-1 +930 Guarantees, +1,656 TY
7-1 +619 L8 Picks, 6-0 L6 G-Plays
17-3 L20, 61-25 Run, +3,095 TY
7-1 L8, 30-12 G-Plays, +2,240 TY
4-1 +360 Sunday, +1,877 TY
5-1, +487 Last 6 Selections
3-1 L4, 23-10 L33 MLB Totals
6-1 L7 G-Plays, 24-11 L35 Totals
9-3 L12 G-Plays, 13-6 L19 Picks
4-1 L5, 13-6 L19 Over/Unders
2020 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Ben Burns + 3095
Michael Black + 2240
Gary Bart + 1877
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 511
Ben Burns + 465
Alex Smart + 429
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 1393
Joe Nelson + 906
Scott Rickenbach + 879
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 2005
Scott Rickenbach + 1095
Gary Bart + 832
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 844
Pat Hawkins + 784
The Gold Sheet + 692
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Brian Bitler + 1410
Gary Bart + 1229
Vince Akins + 1106
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
Advertisement