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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Nothing makes sense in this AL Central

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- The Detroit Tigers should have defeated the Chicago White Sox on Monday.

The White Sox should have defeated the Tigers on Tuesday.

A.J. Pierzynski
Tuesday's wild game between the White Sox and Tigers is just the latest example of a crazy season for the AL Central.
Neither scenario happened.

The Tigers knocked out White Sox starter John Danks after three innings and blew a 5-2 lead on Monday to lose 7-5. The White Sox squandered a 6-0 lead after five innings and fell to the Tigers 10-8 on Tuesday.

Welcome to the 2012 American League Central.

It’s a division where nothing seems to make sense, and nearly everyone seems capable of winning or losing.
Let’s count the ways the American League Central is unique so far:

  • It’s the only division where not a single team has a winning record at home.

  • It’s the only division where not a single team has scored more runs than it has allowed. The Cleveland Indians lead the division and has allowed 10 more runs than it has scored. The White Sox have been the best differential at minus-1.

  • It’s the only division which doesn’t have a winning record against left-handed starting pitchers.

  • It’s the only American League division with five players in the top 11 in batting average.

  • It’s the only American League division with five players in the top 11 in ERA.

  • It’s the only division to have the best team in one-run games and the worst team. The Indians are 8-1 in one-run games, and the White Sox are 2-6.

  • It’s the only division where a team hasn’t scored 160 runs yet. The Indians and Tigers have each scored 157 runs. In comparison, every team in the American League East has scored 160-plus runs.

  • It’s the worst division in extra-innings games. The division is 3-9 in extra innings.

  • It’s the only division in baseball where the first-place team doesn’t currently have the greatest percentage of making the playoffs, according to ESPN. The Tigers have a 46.5 percent chance followed by the White Sox (35.2) and the Indians (31.8). The Indians have a two-game lead on the Tigers and 3.5-game lead on the White Sox.