Runnings - Baseball Standings on the Run in 2015

Last updated 2015-10-05 08:00 EDT.

This page has MLB's 2015 baseball standings as graphs. These are generated each morning (Eastern Time), after the previous day's scores are reported at and related pages. A full description of the data is at my original runnings page that I wrote the year after the Red Sox won the World Series from the Yankees. Okay, it was the St. Louis Cardinals, but beating the Yankees after losing the first three games was much more impressive than winning the World Series in four games.

Wildcard races for 2015

The interesting wildcard race in 2011 demonstrated I should include it all years. That year I simply tracked the best three contenders starting late in the season and I didn't have to change it.

The next season I added code to pick out the top contenders. Instead of watching the top four or five teams, I try to include contenders and other teams that are close in the standings. The graphs show the division leaders with narrow lines and contenders with thick lines. Note that some of the contenders can be well above the leader in another division.

The wildcard graphs aren't displayed in the first half of the season. Once we get past the All-Star game, interest in the races increases as the playoffs are now the next big event. By the way, Baseball Prospectus has an interesting standings list that shows the probability of the teams reaching the playoffs.

The 2013 wildcard code seemed to have worked just fine. It might have given up on the Yankees earlier than some Yankee fans would have liked, but it made the right decision as they Yankees never got back in playoff position.

How 'bout them Sox?

At the beginning of the season I wrote "I don't have much to say other than it's likely the Red Sox will do better than they did last season." We knew the pitching would be "interesting," but we expected the hitting make up for a lot of that. Lately, we're not getting either pitching or hitting we paid for.

Last year I was bemused to discover the Chicago Cubs had a better record than the Red Sox. That wasn't much of a surprise, the Sox had finished in last place.

This year, the Cubs are semi-respectable. I think they have never been two games behind the Red Sox and now, in June, are well ahead. Not only that, but the Red Sox are only a few games away from last year's record, the B14 trace below. How'd that happen? Hey, I just noticed that if you take BOS and invert it, it reads sob.

Red Sox vs. Cubs, 2015

      -Ric Werme

AL East 2015

AL Central 2015

AL West 2015

AL Wildcard 2015

NL East 2015

NL Central 2015

NL West 2015

NL Wildcard 2015

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Last updated 2015-10-05 08:00 EDT.