Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/6/12
If you asked baseball saber-metrics guru Bill James to name the best team in MLB thus far in the 2012 season, chances are it wouldn’t be the New York Yankees; nor would it be the Texas Rangers; nor would it be the red-hot Cincinnati Reds – the team that has the best won-loss record (65-41) after the conclusion of play on Friday night. Chances are, after crunching all the saber-metric numbers that measure a team’s overall talent, Bill James may come to the conclusion that the best team in MLB in 2012 is, in fact, the defending World Series champion St Louis Cardinals – who currently reside in third place in the NL Central; eight games behind division leader Cincinnati, and 3.5 games behind second place Pittsburgh. To the vast majority of main-stream baseball analysts, this notion is absurd. After all, the Cardinals are only eight games over .500 (57-49), and are flying well under the radar; especially with all the excitement going on in Cincinnati, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta...
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