20% of the season done? Not too early, but proceed with caution.
There has been one very good team in the AL so far this year-- coincidentally or not, it is the one out-of-division team the A's have played in two different series. So are we cause or effect? Human, or dancers??
Five pretty good teams-- three of which the A's have played and the other two are coming up soon:
KANSAS CITY +18 (this took a hit last night)
TAMPA BAY +13
Six pretty bad teams-- and no, Virginia, the A's aren't in this batch:
NEW YORK (!) -25
And then two smack dab in the middle:
This is actually some cause for optimism. The A's have a basically even run differential despite several critical cogs in their offense being way off, and with the expectation that Duchscherer's return and the maturation of some of their young starters will improve the pitching staff. The 12-18 is what hurts (cough.. Bob Geren) but eventually they should come back to par. Toronto is the real outlier, but real hard to keep that pace up in that division. They should start coming back to earth in next few weeks. If they are +70 or +80 overall after another 30 games then watch out world.
And to compare pitching staffs, the Indians have allowed 65 more runs (that is two per game!) than the A's; Yankees 64; Orioles 61.