Race for the First Pick: Introduction


The good teams may have those silly playoff races to pay attention to, but the Indians are part of a more important race...the race to obtain the first overall pick in next year's draft. Here's a quick overview of the competitors:

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1 HOU NL 128 40 88 .313 L 2 3.7 5.1 -1.5 45-83 6-9 27-35 13-53 1-9 4-16 6-24
2 CHC NL 127 49 78 .386 L 1 3.7 4.6 -0.8 52-75 5-10 32-30 17-48 3-7 6-14 9-21
3 MIN AL 128 52 76 .406 L 1 4.3 5.2 -0.9 53-75 9-9 24-38 28-38 2-8 5-15 12-18
4 COL NL 127 52 75 .409 W 1 4.7 5.5 -0.8 55-72 2-13 27-39 25-36 7-3 13-7 15-15
5 CLE AL 128 55 73 .430 L 2 4.1 5.1 -1.1 51-77 8-10 31-32 24-41 1-9 5-15 6-24
6 KCR AL 127 56 71 .441 L 2 4.1 4.6 -0.4 58-69 8-10 26-33 30-38 5-5 11-9 15-15
7 MIA NL 129 58 71 .450 W 1 3.8 4.5 -0.7 54-75 5-13 29-31 29-40 5-5 9-11 13-17
8 TOR AL 127 57 70 .449 W 1 4.6 4.9 -0.3 60-67 9-9 31-30 26-40 2-8 5-15 9-21
9 SDP NL 130 60 70 .462 W 8 3.8 4.2 -0.4 59-71 8-7 32-32 28-38 8-2 14-6 18-12
10 NYM NL 128 59 69 .461 W 2 4.2 4.5 -0.3 60-68 8-7 30-35 29-34 3-7 6-14 12-18
11 MIL NL 127 60 67 .472 W 2 4.7 4.6 0.1 64-63 6-9 38-28 22-39 7-3 12-8 16-14
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/28/2012.

To be honest, the title of this post should be Race for the Second Pick, for barring a collapse, Houston has that locked down. It's going to be hard catching the Astros - Houston has matched the Indians loss for loss, and there's quite a bit of ground to make up with little time to do it in. But the Indians are within 5 losses of the second place Cubs, not to mention just behind Minnesota and Colorado for the 3rd and 4th selection next year. And the Indians are gaining ground fast on Colorado (15-15 in their last 30 games) and Minnesota (12-18 in their last 30).

Next up: A closer look at Cleveland's main competitors.

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