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The Mets and Astros Have Significant Division Leads

August 27, 2015

Yesterday I cited the fact that the four teams (Royals, Blue Jays, Cardinals and Dodgers) that won division titles thirty years ago in 1985, currently lead their divisions this year.

The other two division leaders and right now each has a significant lead, are the New York Mets and Houston Astros, who were opponents in the 1986 NLCS.

This is not the first time this year I have cited the Mets and Astros, the latter now in the American League, together in the same post.

First of all, each team is a surprise division leader, the Mets a 7:1 “surprise” and the Astros, an almost “Coupe De Ville” in a Cracker Jacks box,” 22:1 “surprise.”

The teams are each in their 54th season, having come into the National League as the league’s first expansion teams in 1962.

Their 1986 NLCS won by the Mets en route to their second World Title, was one of the best ever.

The Astros won their only pennant 10 years ago and have not been in the playoffs since that season, which ended in a four game World Series loss to the Chicago White Sox, a team that ended an 88 year World Series title drought by winning.

The next year, 2006, was the last time the Mets finished first or made the playoffs.

There is still plenty of regular season baseball remaining, but the Mets and Astros, two teams I almost picked to win their divisions, certainly should win them now.


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