It's May and the Tigers are a very good + team. The first 1/3 of the season you are getting a feel for your team, who can do what. Guess how many games Manny, Davis and Matt W. have been in the lineup together-... NONE. And the O's are still in first place with flaws.
There is a reason someone invented the term... BALT-I-MORANS!
to give some context, red sox fans agonize over having one of their relief pitchers go to a full count against the #9 batter, with bases empty and 2 outs, in the bottom of the 9th, when the sox are winning 8-1, and their team has a 12 game lead in the standings in mid-Sept. they care that much about every detail, because the team cares that much.
I can see how a braves fan could easily placate himself by pointing out that the team is in first place by 1/2 game in mid-May. for the braves, that usually means they're on their way to the playoffs. if things don't always go so well throughout the season, it's really no big deal. because the NL east is a cakewalk division. in any given season it consists of the braves, and at least 3 "also ran" teams. so all the braves have to do is be kinda good, and they'll waltz into October, every year. the AL east doesn't provide that much margin for error. in the infinitely more competitive AL east, you're team is going up against at least 3 other post season contenders. so they need to maximize their chance to win every game. if my understanding of, and reaction to, that truism makes me a moron, I'm ok with that label. it's nice to have games that matter enough to make me frustrated at these details.
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics." - Benjamin Disraeli