To follow your favorite team, you can look in the newspaper at the sports pages or on a website like Baseball Reference to get plenty of information including the standings—this means a list of the teams in first place through last place.
The major leagues today are each broken into three divisions:
|Baltimore Orioles||Chicago White Sox||Los Angeles Angels|
|Boston Red Sox||Cleveland Indians||Oakland Athletics|
|New York Yankees||Detroit Tigers||Seattle Mariners|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Kansas City Royals||Texas Rangers|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Minnesota Twins|||
|Atlanta Braves||Chicago Cubs||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Miami Marlins||Cincinnati Reds||Colorado Rockies|
|Washington Nationals||Houston Astros||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|New York Mets||Milwaukee Brewers||San Diego Padres|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Pittsburgh Pirates||San Francisco Giants|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
Other Columns You May See in the Standings Chart
Division: the team's record against teams in their own division
Home/Road: the team's record when playing at their home park, and the team's record when playing away from home
Interleague: the team's record in games against the other league
Streak: how many games the team has won or lost in a row
Last 10: the team's record in their last 10 games
When you look at the standings in the papers, you'll see how many wins and losses the team has and their winning percentage, meaning what percentage of all the games they've played that they've won.
When you look at the standings, you will also see the abbreviation “GB” (games behind), which is a way of judging how close your team is to first place in their division. Games behind means how many times your team would have to beat the first place team in order to catch up with them. You might see:
Words to Know
sacrifice fly: When a batter hits a fly ball deep enough to allow a runner on third to tag up and score, he is credited with a sacrifice fly. A sacrifice fly does not count as a time at bat.
|New York Yankees||60–40||——|
|Boston Red Sox||58–42||2|
|Toronto Blue Jays||49–50||?|
|Tampa Bay Rays||40–60||?|
How do you figure this out?
You subtract how many games the teams are apart in wins and then do the same for losses. In the first example, you can figure out the difference between the Yankees and Red Sox.
In wins you have 60 − 58 = 2.
In losses you have 42 − 40 = 2.
Then add the two numbers you came up with together: 2 + 2 = 4.
Then divide by 2: 4 ÷ 2 = 2.
The Red Sox are therefore 2 games behind the Yankees.
That one was easy because they were 2 games apart in wins and in losses. Sometimes teams will have played different numbers of games at a certain time in the season because of their schedules and because sometimes games are rained out.
To see how many games back the Orioles are behind the Yankees, you would use the same formula.
Wins, 60 − 54 = 6.
Losses, 48 − 40 = 8.
Then add them together: 6 + 8 = 14.
Then divide by 2: 14 ÷ 2 = 7.
The Orioles are 7 games behind the Yankees.
Now, without looking below, try to figure out how far the Blue Jays are behind the Yankees.
Wins, 60 − 49 = 11.
Losses, 50 − 40 = 10.
11 + 10 = 21.
21 ÷ 2 = 10.5
Now you try Tampa Bay! (In case you're wondering, Tampa Bay is 20 games out.)
Use the decoder to figure out what message the catcher signaled to the pitcher when the crab came up to bat.
Baseball is a game full of numbers. There's the RBI and ERA numbers, the numbers on the scoreboard, and of course the lucky number on the shirt of your favorite player!
In this tricky little puzzle, you must figure out what lucky combination of numbers to use so that each column (up and down) or row (across) adds up to the right totals shown in the white numbers. The white arrows show you in which direction you will be adding. Lucky you—four numbers are in place to get you started!
Here are the rules:
• You are only adding the numbers in any set of white boxes that are touching each other.
• Use only the numbers 1 through 9. Each number can only be used once in each set.
• Remember that each answer has to be correct both across and down!