Sunday, March 2, 2008

'08 RAPs: AL East

2007 was the year that the Boston Red Sox put an end to the Yankees' decade of dominance in the AL East. Not only did the Bosox win the division, they virtually dominated it most of the year:

  • On May 15th, the second place Yanks were 8 games back.
  • On May 20th, the Orioles and Yanks were in a tie for second, ten-and-a-half back of Boston.
  • On May 29th, the Yanks were a whopping 14.5 games behind the Sox. Second place Baltimore was 11.5 back as well.
  • By June 15th, the Yanks had gotten back into second, only eight games back.
  • The Yanks were 9.5 games out, in second, come the All Star Break.
  • By the Middle of August, Boston's lead was down to 5 games as the Yanks surged, and were in a battle with Seattle for the wild card.
  • On September 19th, the Yanks were within a game and a half following a 4 game winning streak, coupled with a 4 game skid for the Sox. Third place Toronto; however, was still 12.5 back.
  • The Sox clinched the division on September 28th, while the Yanks won the wild card.

Here are the final standings for the 2007 AL Eastern Division:

Red Sox: 96-66; 0 GB

Yankees: 94-68; 2 GB

Blue Jays: 83-79; 13GB

Orioles: 69-93; 27 GB

Devil Rays(Rays): 66-96; 30 GB

Stay Tuned: Tommorow will be the Rays' RAP.

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