Through 12 games:
W L PCT GBLA Dodgers 9 3 .750 -Arizona 7 5 .583 2.0Colorado 6 6 .500 3.0San Francisco 6 6 .500 3.0San Diego 3 10 .231 6.5
Is it getting worse each year, where some people start to feel concerned about the standings this early into the season? I don't recall people giving up on players this early either, or is it just me?
I always looked at the season in 3 phases of about 2 months each, give or take a week here or there, where phase 1 is to evaluate the team and players, and let guys settle into the season and their roles (unless guys are really tanking after a few weeks). Phase 2 - in the summer - is where the team starts to make adjustment, starts to move players, and making the team better. Then phase 3 is where you want the team to really get rolling into the post-season. But it seems now-a-days, the season is divided into 162 phases.
I thought, at least, people would wait until May before they start calling for people's heads. It must just be me. I can't see anyone having the patience in this day and age to wait a whole month before evaluating the team.
True. I like the way you are seeing the season. People shouldn't overreact early.
But each games count. Give away games early in the season can really cost you.
"I have to say I like this thread. Useful for NL West discussions"
I figured I'd post the standings early on and update it from time to time while we all discuss the division moves and such throughout the year.
I agree. I remember years ago when the Dodgers lost the Division Championship to the Padres, even though their records were the same, I always remember a game in late May vs. the Pads where the Dodgers were up by 5 in the 9th, and Little let Lance Carter (i think it was him) lose the lead. The Dodgers lost the game in extra innings. A game like that, we often think, "Well, it's only May, so it's really not important", but that game would hav given us the Division.
But, at the same time, a manager has to let the team lose games in order for him to find out what he has in his players. It's a tough situation, either way.