Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Just How Important is April Baseball?

The Magic Johnson owned Los Angeles Dodgers are off to a 9-1 start.  But how excited should the fans be?  Just 3 of the last 11 World Series have featured the team with the best record in April.  The positive of that is twice that team won the Series ('04, '05).  The average record of the World Series teams has been a mediocre 15-11, so for those teams who are hovering around the .500 mark for now, be patient as your team has the best odds of making the World Series!


SeasonWS Teams
(Winners on Top)
April Records
2011St. Louis Cardinals16-12The Indians (19-8) were the best team in baseball as of May 1 2011.
Texas Rangers16-12
2010San Francisco Giants14-9The Rays (17-7) were the best team in baseabll as of May 1, 2010
Texas Rangers12-12
2009New York Yankees13-10The Cardinals (17-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2009
Philadelphia Phillies11-10
2008Philadelphia Phillies16-13The Diamondbacks (20-8) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2008
Tampa Bay Rays16-12
2007Boston Red Sox16-9The Brewers (17-9) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2007
Colorado Rockies11-16
2006St. Louis Cardinals17-9The White Sox (18-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2006
Detroit Tigers17-9
2005Chicago White Sox18-7The White Sox (18-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2006
Houston Astros10-13
2004Boston Red Sox15-8The Red Sox (15-8) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2004
St. Louis Cardinals12-12
2003Florida Marlins15-15The Yankees (22-6) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2003
New York Yankees22-6
2002Anaheim Angels12-14The Red Sox (17-7) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2002
San Francisco Giants 16-11
2001Arizona Diamondbacks 14-12The Mariners (20-6) were the best team in baseball as of May 1, 2001
New York Yankees 15-12
2000New York Yankees 16-8The 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

WLWLWLWLWLWL
 201116121712121412141612178
1612141414131791712166
 2010149131313142171315179
12121512207141314141413
 20091310171115111710226189
11101810101620717101614
 200816131712121414111613177
16121910161013122071314
 20071692081314161116131511
1116141414131591414217
 20061791710917151114141117
17919919816913161116
 20051871711187161011161712
1013101916921714141711
 20041581613111414122261810
121216111492152171612
 20031515111717101681513178
226111719814101712188
 20021214188171117101811179
16111413161113141810187
 200114121810189101618111010
1512141017101991514126
 20001681213111418818121218
16111313178141319101513
AVG151115121511161017121611

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
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