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#1 Post by Bob78164 » Wed Sep 07, 2022 12:41 am

Washington has lost 88 games this season so the Nationals cannot win more than 74 games. The Mets have won 85 games so Washington cannot win the National League Eastern Division. Atlanta has won 85 games so Washington will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the National League Eastern Division. The Dodgers and the Padres each have won at least 75 games, so the Nationals will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the National League Western Division. Philadelphia has won 74 games and has already clinched the season series against Washington. Moreover, for every possible combination of National League teams finishing with 74 wins, Washington cannot finish first in head-to-head games. Washington will therefore finish behind either Philadelphia or another non-division winner.

I cannot tell a lie. Washington has been toastified. --Bob
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#2 Post by Bob78164 » Wed Sep 07, 2022 7:03 pm

Oakland has lost 87 games this season so the As cannot win more than 75 games. Houston has won 87 games so Oakland cannot win the American League Western Division. Seattle has won 77 games so the As will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the American League Western Division. The Yankees and the Rays each have won at least 76 games, so the As will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the American League Eastern Division. Toronto has won 75 games, Baltimore has won 72 games, and the Blue Jays and Orioles have 7 games remaining against each other, so at least one of those two teams will win at least 77 games. Therefore, the As will finish behind at least two non-division winners in the American League Eastern Division.

Once again, there is no there there. Oakland has been toastified. --Bob
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#3 Post by Bob78164 » Sat Sep 10, 2022 11:09 pm

Pittsburgh has lost 87 games so the Pirates cannot win more than 75 games. St. Louis has already won 82 games so Pittsburgh cannot win the National League Central Division. The Mets, Atlanta, and Philadelphia each have won at least 77 games so the Pirates will finish behind at least two non-division winners in the National League Eastern Division. The Dodgers and San Diego each have won at least 77 games so Pittsburgh will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the National League Western Division.

Cry me three rivers. The Pirates have been toastified. --Bob
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#4 Post by Bob78164 » Sun Sep 11, 2022 6:20 pm

Detroit has lost 86 games so the Tigers cannot win more than 76 games. Cleveland has won 73 games, the White Sox have won 72 games, and Minnesota has won 69 games, for a total of 214 wins between them. The Guardians have 4 games remaining against Chicago and 4 games remaining against the Twins. Chicago and Minnesota have 6 games remaining against each other. That means those three teams will finish with a total of at least 228 wins between them, so unless all three teams finish tied with 76 wins, at least one of them will end the season with at least 77 wins. Detroit is guaranteed to lose the season series to all three of Cleveland, Chicago, and Minnesota, so the Tigers cannot win any tiebreaker involving those three teams. Thus, Detroit cannot win the American League Central Division.

Houston and Seattle each have won at least 79 games so Detroit will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the American League Western Division. The Yankees, the Rays, and the Blue Jays each have won at least 78 games so the Tigers also will finish behind two non-division winners in the American League Eastern Division.

El Mago couldn’t work his magic this year. Detroit has been toastified.

Note: I am aware that mlb.com and ESPN list the Dodgers as having clinched a playoff berth. They're wrong. It's possible for the Dodgers to finish behind San Diego, behind 3 NL East teams, and tied with St. Louis and Milwaukee at 96 wins. In that scenario, Milwaukee would win the tiebreak against St. Louis to win the NL Central and St. Louis would win the tiebreak against the Dodgers for the final Wild Card spot. None of this, of course, is remotely likely, but it's not mathematically foreclosed. —Bob
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#5 Post by silverscreenselect » Sun Sep 11, 2022 9:30 pm

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and for St. Louis to win the tiebreak against the Dodgers for the final Wild Card spot.
I was under the impression that MLB does not use tiebreaks if the loser of the tiebreak would not qualify for the playoffs. Instead, they would have a one-game playoff to break the tie.
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#6 Post by Bob78164 » Sun Sep 11, 2022 9:35 pm

silverscreenselect wrote:
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Bob78164 wrote:
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and for St. Louis to win the tiebreak against the Dodgers for the final Wild Card spot.
I was under the impression that MLB does not use tiebreaks if the loser of the tiebreak would not qualify for the playoffs. Instead, they would have a one-game playoff to break the tie.
That changed this year. No more Game 163. The issue is that the teams that get byes can't get too much time off, or what's supposed to be an advantage turns into a disadvantage because they can't keep their timing. --Bob
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#7 Post by Bob78164 » Mon Sep 12, 2022 10:48 pm

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have clinched a post-season berth. --Bob
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#8 Post by Bob78164 » Tue Sep 13, 2022 9:39 pm

Kansas City has lost 85 games so the Royals cannot win more than 77 games. Cleveland has won 75 games, the White Sox have won 73 games, and Minnesota has won 70 games, for a total of 218 wins between them. The Guardians have 4 games remaining against Chicago and 4 games remaining against the Twins. Chicago and Minnesota have 6 games remaining against each other. That means those three teams will finish with a total of at least 232 wins between them, so at least one of them will end the season with at least 78 wins. The Royals therefore cannot win the American League Central Division.

The Yankees, The Blue Jays, and the Rays all have won at least 79 games so Kansas City will finish behind at least two non-division winners in the American League Eastern Division. Houston and Seattle each have won at least 79 games so the Royals also will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the American League Western Division.

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#9 Post by Bob78164 » Tue Sep 13, 2022 10:36 pm

Congratulations to the National League Western Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers. --Bob
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#10 Post by Bob78164 » Tue Sep 13, 2022 10:48 pm

Cincinnati has lost 85 games so the Reds cannot win more than 77 games. St. Louis has won 83 games so Cincinnati cannot win the National League Central Division. The Mets, Atlanta, and Philadelphia each have won at least 79 games so the Reds will finish behind at least two non-division winners in the National League Eastern Division. Los Angeles and San Diego each have won at least 78 games so Cincinnati will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the National League Western Division.

Might as well turn on WKRP, because there will be no post-season baseball this year in Cincinnati. The Reds have been toastified. --Bob
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#11 Post by Bob78164 » Thu Sep 15, 2022 2:30 am

Miami has lost 85 games so the Marlins cannot win more than 77 games. The Mets have won 89 games so Miami cannot win the National League Eastern Division. Atlanta and Philadelphia each have won at least 80 games, so the Marlins will finish behind at least two non-division winners in the National League Eastern Division. The Dodgers and Padres each have won at least 78 games so Miami also will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the National League Western Division.

Time to throw this season back in the water. The Marlins have been toastified. --Bob
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#12 Post by Appa23 » Thu Sep 15, 2022 8:51 am

Bob78164 wrote:
Tue Sep 13, 2022 9:39 pm
Kansas City has lost 85 games so the Royals cannot win more than 77 games. Cleveland has won 75 games, the White Sox have won 73 games, and Minnesota has won 70 games, for a total of 218 wins between them. The Guardians have 4 games remaining against Chicago and 4 games remaining against the Twins. Chicago and Minnesota have 6 games remaining against each other. That means those three teams will finish with a total of at least 232 wins between them, so at least one of them will end the season with at least 78 wins. The Royals therefore cannot win the American League Central Division.

The Yankees, The Blue Jays, and the Rays all have won at least 79 games so Kansas City will finish behind at least two non-division winners in the American League Eastern Division. Houston and Seattle each have won at least 79 games so the Royals also will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the American League Western Division.

The hopes of Royals fans this year have been barbecued. Kansas City has been toastified. --Bob
But those are the tastiest hopes around. :)

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#13 Post by Bob78164 » Fri Sep 16, 2022 9:20 pm

Congratulations to the Houston Astros, who have clinched a post-season berth. --Bob
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#14 Post by BackInTex » Fri Sep 16, 2022 10:27 pm

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Congratulations to the Houston Astros, who have clinched a post-season berth. --Bob
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Yordan Alvarez homers in the 1st
Yordan Alvarez homers in the 3rd
Yordan Alvarez homers in the 5th
Yordan Alvarez singles in the 7th

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#15 Post by Bob78164 » Sat Sep 17, 2022 10:53 pm

Texas has lost 82 games so the Rangers cannot win more than 80 games. Houston has won 95 games so Texas cannot win the American League Western Division. The Yankees, Toronto, and Tampa Bay each have won at least 81 games, so the Rangers will finish behind at least two non-division winners in the American League Eastern Division. Seattle has won 80 games, but there is no combination of ties involving Texas and Seattle that allows Texas avoid finishing below .500 in the head-to-head tiebreaker among the tied teams, so Texas cannot win any possible tie-breaker that involves the Rangers and the Mariners. Thus, Texas will finish behind at least one additional non-division winner.

Might as well watch old Chuck Norris reruns. The Rangers have been toastified. --Bob
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#16 Post by Bob78164 » Sat Sep 17, 2022 11:20 pm

The Cubs have lost 83 games so Chicago cannot win more than 79 games. St. Louis has won 87 games so the Cubs cannot win the National League Central Division. The Mets, Atlanta, and Philadelphia all have won at least 80 games, so Chicago will finish behind at least two non-division winners in the National League Eastern Division. The Dodgers and San Diego each have won at least 80 games so the Cubs also will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the National League Western Division.

Will this streak also last 108 years? It's still possible. The Cubs have been toastified. --Bob
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#17 Post by Bob78164 » Sun Sep 18, 2022 9:01 pm

Colorado has lost 82 games so the Rockies cannot win more than 80 games. The Dodgers have won 100 games so Colorado cannot win the National League Western Division. San Diego has won 81 games so the Rockies will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the National League Western Division. The Mets and Atlanta each have won at least 91 games so Colorado will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the National League Eastern Division. Philadelphia has won 80 games and the Rockies cannot reach .500 in common games in any tie-break that involves the Phillies, so Colorado cannot win a tie-break involving Philadelphia, so the Rockies also will finish behind at least one more non-division winner.

No Rocky Mountain highs this year. Colorado has been toastified. --Bob
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#18 Post by Bob78164 » Mon Sep 19, 2022 6:21 pm

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have lost 83 games so they cannot win more than 79 games. The Astros have won 96 games so the Angels cannot win the American League Western Division. Seattle has won 81 games so Los Angeles will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the American League Western Division The Yankees, Toronto, and Tampa Bay each have won at least 82 games so the Angels will finish behind at least two more non-division winners in the American League Eastern Division.

Time to break out the harps. The Angels have been toastified. --Bob
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#19 Post by Bob78164 » Mon Sep 19, 2022 8:33 pm

Congratulations to the New York Mets, who have clinched a post-season berth. (Words I don't get to write anywhere nearly often enough.) --Bob
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#20 Post by Bob78164 » Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:25 pm

Congratulations to the American League Western Division champion Houston Astros. --Bob
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#21 Post by Bob78164 » Tue Sep 20, 2022 10:09 pm

Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves, who have clinched a post-season berth. --Bob
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#22 Post by Bob78164 » Thu Sep 22, 2022 10:48 pm

Congratulations to the New York Yankees, who have clinched a post-season berth. --Bob
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#23 Post by Bob78164 » Fri Sep 23, 2022 12:29 am

Arizona has lost 81 games so the Diamondbacks cannot win more than 81. The Dodgers have won 104 games so Arizona cannot win the National League Western Division. San Diego has won 83 games so the Diamondbacks will finish behind at least one non-division winner in the National League Western Division. The Mets, Atlanta, and the Phillies all have won at least 82 games so Arizona also will finish behind at least two non-division winners in the National League Eastern Division.

Another year of playoff drought in the desert. Arizona has been toastified. --Bob
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#24 Post by Bob78164 » Sun Sep 25, 2022 7:02 pm

Congratulations to the American League Central Division champion Cleveland Guardians. --Bob
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