The 2012 AL West Fictional Standings

MLB standings makers are busy out west in 2012 looking for totem pole styles to show the new 2013 AL/NL balanced "2 leagues/3 divisions each/5 clubs each division" breakdown of competition that will structure all future competition, starting next season.

In the meanwhile, for those of you who just can’t wait to see the Houston Astros become competitive in the American League West (or anywhere else, for that matter), here’s a part fact/part fiction look at how they are doing early in the 2012 season. If anything interesting develops, even if no one seems to expect that to happen, we shall be sure revisit this same fictional base for future examination later in the season.

The premise here is simple.

The first standings show how the Astros are actually doing in the NL Central after the completion of their first six-game opening home stand. The second fictional standings re-features how the Astros would be doing in 2012 if they were already members of the AL West and matching their record on the field with the four current AL West members who await their new league and divisional company in 2013.

It’s a little early to see anything significant, although the Astros would be a half game closer to first place in 2012, had they already signed up for AL West this year.

Have fun! That’s what ideas that randomly detach from established reality are designed to provoke.

2012 NL Central (Fact) W L PCT GB
St. Louis 5 2 .714
Milwaukee 4 2 .667 0.5
Cincinnati 3 3 .500 1.5
Houston 3 3 .500 1.5
Pittsburgh 2 3 .400 2.0
Chicago Cubs 1 5 .167 3.5
2012 AL West (Fiction) W L PCT GB
Texas 4 2 .667
Seattle 4 3 .571 0.5
Houston 3 3 .500 1.0
Oakland 3 4 .429 1.5
Los Angeles Angels 2 3 .400 1.5


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