The division has been well represented in the playoffs over the last three years. It has qualified two teams for the playoffs every year. Three of the division's four teams have won the pennant.
The Slammers own the best record in division history, a 138-115-23 mark in 2012. The team finished second to Los Coches Bomba.
The best overall record is held by the Jersey Boys, who are 386-376-66. The team is one of four - along with the Lower Haighters, Los Coches Bomba, and A-Rod's Mirrors - to qualify for the playoffs for three consecutive seasons.
This page looks at the head-to-head records for each team in the East Division for the first three years. It also looks at the overall record for each team against other teams in the league.
This team is defined by catcher +Buster Posey . His addition to the roster in 2010 helped Twinkle Toes during the championship run, but it was Shin-Soo Choo and Evan Longoria that carried the team for six months. Longoria belted 22 home runs and drove in 104 runs, ranking 32nd among all players. Choo hit 22 homers, stole 22 bases, and drove in 90 runs. He ranked 25th, good value for a fifth round pick.
The 2011team was devastated by Posey's ankle injury that limited him to 45 games. Longoria had a season befitting his keeper status, smacking 31 homers, but Choo was injured and limited to 85 games. He finished with just eight homers.
Posey roared back in 2012, reaching base at a .408 clip and hitting 24 home runs, but the team had its worst season ever. This time it was Longoria who limped through the season, getting just 273 at bats and 17 home runs.
The struggles over the past two years have left the team with a 378-392-58 record, 12th best in the league. Its 115 wins in 2012 was the seventh worst record in league history and second worst in division history, trailing only the Slammers' 2011 mark of 113-150-13.
Twinkle Toes has been able to win in the division. It is 140-139-21. While it is playing essentially .500 ball against division foes, it is dominating South Division teams. The Toes are 9-4-2 in series against teams in the league's strongest division, the South. They've never lost to The Cys or Los Coches Bomba.
Owner +LeighAnn Wendling has guided the Jersey Boys to a 386-376-66 record all-time. That's the sixth best mark in the league. They have been competitive thanks to the pitching of Justin Verlander and relievers +Mariano Rivera and Jonathan Papelbon and the hitting of outfielder +Curtis Granderson .
How consistent have the Jersey Boys been? They've finished with 129 wins in both 2010 and 2011 and 128 wins in 2012.
The 2010 team was led by Vladimir Guerrero, who hit 29 home runs and drove in 115. It was great production from a 12th round draft choice. Alex Rios, a 14th round pick, finished with 21 home runs, 34 stolen bases, and 88 RBI. Verlander was strong, but not dominant. He had 22 quality starts, 219 strikeouts, and a 3.37 ERA.
Verlander was dominant in 2011. He won league MVP honors, striking out 250 batters, earning 28 quality starts and finishing with a 2.40 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. Granderson supplied the offensive power, hitting 41 homers, driving in 119 runs, and stealing 25 bases. He ranked eighth overall. The decision to keep catcher Jorge Posada hurt the team. He had just 14 home runs and 44 RBI. One bad decision with a keeper can mean the difference between a playoff berth and a pennant.
Verlander was good again in 2012 but he wasn't the team's best pitcher. That honor went to knuckleballer +R.A. Dickey , who finished the season as the sixth ranked player thanks to 27 quality starts, 230 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA. Not bad for a 16th round draft pick. Granderson hit 43 homers and drove in 106 runs but his value dropped due to 195 strikeouts.
Despite the consistency, the Jersey Boys have never won a pennant. They came close in 2011, but finished a half-game behind the Machine after losing 3-9 to Twinkle Toes in the season's final week.
The Machine won a thrilling pennant race in 2011, edging the Jersey Boys by a half game. It finished the season with a 134-130-12 record, best in team history. A healthy +Jacoby Ellsbury , the power of Jose Bautista, and strong starting pitching from Matt Cain and Dan Haren fueled the pennant run. Ellsbury had 32 home runs, 39 stolen bases, and scored 119 runs to finish the season ranked fourth while Bautista ranked fifth thanks to 43 homers, 103 RBI, and 105 runs scored. Haren had 26 quality starts and 192 strikeouts, while Cain added 179 strikeouts and 26 quality starts as the Machine finished the season with four players ranked in the top 30.
The Machine began the 2012 season as the favorite to win the league championship. The team remained near the top of the standings until mid-summer but faded with injuries to Ellsbury and +David Ortiz . The final record was 132-128-16, good enough for a consolation playoff berth. The team beat A-Rod's Mirrors in the consolation semifinals before losing to division rival Jersey Boys in the fifth place game.
The 2010 season was the team's worst. It finished 118-142-16, the ninth worst record in league history. The team drafted last and it was Donna's first draft as a fantasy baseball owner. She grabbed Ellsbury, Cain, and Haren with three of her first four picks but she picked Justin Morneau third and he hobbled through the season, knocking in just 56 runs. Adam Lind, who was taken with the team's fifth pick, was a complete bust. He struck out 144 times and reached base at a .287 clip, finishing the season ranked 669th. The team waived Lind in early July.
The euphoria didn't end in the regular season. The Slammers defeated league power Lower Haighters in the championship semifinals before losing a close final series to Los Coches Bomba.
The key to the team's success was a good draft followed by some excellent personnel decisions, including the trade of Jose Altuve to HUMA for closer Jim Johnson, which strengthened the team's bullpen. In February, the team exercised its option and kept Holliday, Zack Greinke, Yovani Gallardo, James Shields and Heath Bell. Shields, Greinke, and Holliday all returned keeper value but Gallardo and Bell struggled. In the March draft, the Slammers really found value, picking Encarnacion in the 13th round. He hit 42 homer runs to rank fifth in the league at season's end. Lohse was taken in the 22nd round and delivered 24 quality starts and a 2.86 ERA and finished the season ranked 28th overall.
While the 2012 season wasn't a surprise for the Slammers, the team was forecast to be a pennant contender after the draft, it was a departure from the team's history. The Slammers have a three-year record of 371-401-56. It's the fourth worst overall mark.
In 2011, the team finished last in the division and 15th overall with a 113-150-13 record, fourth worst mark in league history. The team lost ace Adam Wainwright before the season began, never found production at shortstop, and saw catcher Joe Mauer slump. But it was keepers Vernon Wells and Placido Polanco that were the team's undoing. Wells hit 25 home runs but had a paltry .248 OBP and drove in just 66 runs. He was released by the team in May. Polanco hit five home runs and drove in 50 RBI.
Wells and Holliday led the team to a 120-136-20 record in 2010. Wells finished the season with 31 homers and 88 RBI while Holliday hit 28 long balls and drove in 103. Holliday finished the season ranked 14th overall after being chosen with the team's second pick, while Wells ranked 75th after being drafted in the 12th round.