Something to note about the AL East now that I have the numbers in front of me.
Tampa Bay 1-18
New York 8-11
Take those O's games away and the Red Sox and Blue Jays are only on pace for 89 wins, the Rays 91 and the Yankees 93. Most times when a lot of teams have good records it's because a team (or maybe a couple teams) are really bad. Baseball is a zero sum game and a league with all .500 teams could well be better than a team with a several teams with big win totals.