Rob Neyer offers a look at his projected standings, which have the Red Sox missing the playoffs in 2008.
Oh, how things have changed this week. The Phillies surged back into the NL East race, the Yankees suddenly appear postseason bound and the D-backs went from favorite to underdogs in the NL West.
Rob Neyer examines 16 possible combinations of final standings involving the Indians, Red Sox and Yankees.
Trades executed after the July 31 non-waiver deadline may provide some relief, but they generally don't do much to affect the final standings.
Predicting how teams will finish in the standings not just in 2004, but for the next five years is totally absurd.
The Ultimate Standings say a lot about what fans want. But, in reality, winning is what's ultimately most important.
For five straight years, the AL East standings from top (Yankees) to bottom (Devil Rays) have stayed exactly the same.