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    Quote Originally Posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    Does it make it any more impressive for you if you knew that only a handful of teams have even finished above .500 the season after losing 100 games?
    Yes. I'm not saying it's not impressive. It is. It's just not as impressive. I would be curious to see the results if someone went back and calculated playoffs based on today's playoff rules.

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    As of Saturday, the Red Sox magic number was 5. Today, the Sox won and the Yankees lost, so their magic number is... 3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirtlessBob View Post
    As of Saturday, the Red Sox magic number was 5. Today, the Sox won and the Yankees lost, so their magic number is... 3?
    Confirmed.

    Also, I was wrong. Cubs won, Cardinals lost, so the Cubs magic number is 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fighting Sioux 23 View Post
    Does it make it any more impressive for you if you knew that only a handful of teams have even finished above .500 the season after losing 100 games?

    The record for wins after losing 100 games is 87, by Baltimore (who lost 107 in 1988 before finishing 2 games out of first in the AL East in 1989). The Twins would need to go 5-1 to match that.

    For me, to potentially do something that has never been done in the history of a sport (and particularly in baseball, which has such a tremendous history) is extremely impressive...but I understand the criticism. That being said, to do something that only a handful of other teams have done is still pretty impressive.
    Speaking as one whose sole thoughts of the Twins are that they should relocate back to DC, and who routinely remembers them second-to-last when counting off all the MLB teams (Brewers), I think it's very impressive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by burd View Post
    They're letting Quintana go for the shutout against Brewers. 109 pitch count.

    How baseball has changed. Only one Cub pitcher has a CG this year.
    After 3 straight extra innings games, the bullpen needed a day off.

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    Judge ties McGuire at 49 dingers as a rookie.

    Here's an impressive fact: Judge has homered against all 14 AL opponents in the 2017 season.

    Edit: 50. Judge takes the rookie HR record.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Yes. I'm not saying it's not impressive. It is. It's just not as impressive. I would be curious to see the results if someone went back and calculated playoffs based on today's playoff rules.
    It's very difficult to really determine it because for the vast majority of cases, there were significantly fewer teams. For example, the 1989 Orioles team I noted earlier (with 87 wins) was the 5th best (out of 14) team in the AL.

    Either way, yours' is a fair criticism.

    That being said, if scores hold, the Twins magic number will be down to 2, and they could clinch as early as tomorrow.
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    My goodness, these September Mets are awful.
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    Re: MLB 2017: Playoffs, World Series, and Off-season.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    My goodness, these September Mets are awful.
    Relative to... some sort of MLB-wide baseline? Or, dear god, normal September Mets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Relative to... some sort of MLB-wide baseline? Or, dear god, normal September Mets?
    Well, the MLB-level baseline is .500 and yes, awful relative to that.

    But these guys are special by any standard. Look at the starting lineup for game 1 yesterday.

    The horror.
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    Colon beating the Indians in Cleveland to clinch a playoff spot would be amazing.

    Twins are 6-1 in Cleveland this year. But that's all pre All Star break.
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    Doesn't look like they'll clinch tonight with the White Sox White Soxing it up, but the Twins bring the magic number down to 1.

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    Wonder if the Red Sox are on the way to gagging away the division title?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirtlessBob View Post
    As of Saturday, the Red Sox magic number was 5. Today, the Sox won and the Yankees lost, so their magic number is... 3?
    And there it will stay. Much like last year, they will limp into the postseason as a Wild Card and lose in four in the divisional series (is that what they call the first round?). Actually, maybe they won't even win the Wild Card playoff game. /negative nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    And there it will stay. Much like last year, they will limp into the postseason as a Wild Card and lose in four in the divisional series (is that what they call the first round?). Actually, maybe they won't even win the Wild Card playoff game. /negative nancy
    The AL East should be quarantined as a noxious public health threat and contracted. It's almost as bad as the AFC East.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonofSouthie View Post
    Wonder if the Red Sox are on the way to gagging away the division title?
    Dr. Heimlich. Dr. Heimlich. Please report to Fenway Park.

    If they blow this lead, the coaching staff is gone.

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    Sox have 1 left with Toronto and 4 with Houston all at home. Houston's only one game behind Cleveland for HFA.

    NY has 2 left with Tampa and 3 with Toronto all at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    And there it will stay. Much like last year, they will limp into the postseason as a Wild Card and lose in four in the divisional series (is that what they call the first round?). Actually, maybe they won't even win the Wild Card playoff game. /negative nancy
    Sorry, not gonna happen. I'm so sure, I booked my flight/hotel for WC in Bronx.

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    PLAYOFFS! WOOHOO!

    Please let there be a Cubs/Twins WS......
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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Dr. Heimlich. Dr. Heimlich. Please report to Fenway Park.

    If they blow this lead, the coaching staff is gone.
    Magic number is 2.

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