(Winners on Top)
|2011||St. Louis Cardinals||16-12||The Indians (19-8) were the best team in baseball as of May 1 2011.|
|2010||San Francisco Giants||14-9||The Rays (17-7) were the best team in baseabll as of May 1, 2010|
|2009||New York Yankees||13-10||The Cardinals (17-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2009|
|2008||Philadelphia Phillies||16-13||The Diamondbacks (20-8) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2008|
|Tampa Bay Rays||16-12|
|2007||Boston Red Sox||16-9||The Brewers (17-9) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2007|
|2006||St. Louis Cardinals||17-9||The White Sox (18-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2006|
|2005||Chicago White Sox||18-7||The White Sox (18-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2006|
|2004||Boston Red Sox||15-8||The Red Sox (15-8) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2004|
|St. Louis Cardinals||12-12|
|2003||Florida Marlins||15-15||The Yankees (22-6) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2003|
|New York Yankees||22-6|
|2002||Anaheim Angels||12-14||The Red Sox (17-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2002|
|San Francisco Giants||16-11|
|2001||Arizona Diamondbacks||14-12||The Mariners (20-6) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2001|
|New York Yankees||15-12|
|2000||New York Yankees||16-8||The Braves (19-6) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2000|
|New York Mets||16-11|
In 2005, the Astros were just 10-16 on May 1, making them the worst April team to make the WS in the last 11 seasons. The only other teams with a losing April record to make the WS were the 2007 Colorado Rockies 11-16, and the 2002 Anaheim Angels 12-14. The Angels went on to win the World Series.
The 2010 Texas Rangers, and 2004 St. Louis Cardinals were both .500 at the end of April. They both lost the World Series.
So which month is the most important month?
On average, August has seen the most wins/month (17) out of AL and NL Champions. July has the biggest ratio of Wins/Losses with a difference of 6 (16-10). September matches the 16 win total, but only a difference of 5 (16-11). April and June averages are both 15-11, while May has a 15-12 average record.
April May June July Aug Sept
The 2004 St. Louis Cardinals were the only team to win 20 games in back to back months (July, August)
The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, , 2006 Detroit Tigers, 2005 Houston Astros and 2000 New York Yankees were the only teams to go under .500 back to back months.
The 2006 St. Louis Cardinals, 2006 Detroit Tigers, and the 2000 New York Yankees were the only teams to go under .500 in September.
July (6) is the most common month for a team to win at least 10 more games then they lose. It has happened 5 times in September.
The 2006 Detroit Tigers (May, June), and the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals (July, August) are the only teams to go back to back months with at least 10 more wins than losses.
The 2003 New York Yankees are the only team to go 3 months in a single season, winning atleast 10 more games then they lost.
Moral of the story? Every month is just as important as the next. Games in April count just as much as games in September.
Standings from ESPN