The regular season is now about 60% over. Some of us now know that our teams are wonderfully bad. Some of us now know that our teams are teams are wonderfully good. Some of us now know that our teams are boringly merely bad but not horrible. Some of us know that our teams are kind of okay but not that good.
Yet there are still about 70 games to be played, not counting the playoffs, and the cold dark night of winter is still a long warm journey away. Of course the journey must end but we’re into something good.
Cardinals 18 Cubs 5 | Mets 7 Yankees 5 | Braves 8 Nationals 5
We Are Watching History
Projected 2018 (not including last night’s games)
Wonderous Losers: The Beloved Royals 116 | The Adorable Fightin O’s 115 | The White Sox 106
Triumphant Trio: Red Sox 112 | Yankees 106 | Astro’s 105
There has not been three teams with 100 or more losses and three teams with 100 or more wins in the same season since 2002.
2002’s Determined Losers; Tampa 106 | Tigers 106 | Brewers 106
2002’s Triumphant Trio: Yankees 103 | Athletics 103 | Braves 101
Although 2002 does replicate the feat, as you can see this years likely results crush the 2002 totals. However, the 2002 totals include a wonderful Tigers team that was just hitting its stride. More on that in a bit.
Phillies 1 Padres 5 | Blue Jays 8 Orioles 7 | Red Sox 1 Tigers 0
The Fabulous 2002 – 2003 Detroit Tigers
The Tigers followed up their sparkling 2002 season with a historic 119 losses in 2003. It ranks as the sixth most losing season since 1900. The 1962 Mets lay claim to fifth with 120 losses, but I’d put an asterisk next to that since the Mets were an expansion team while the 2003 Tigers employed about 100 years building their roster.
Watch out Tigers and Mets, there are three teams with a realistic chance of catching or passing you. And don’t forget the team with the best chance since it’s their privilege to play the Red Sox and Yankees a bunch more, the Adorable Fightin O’s, just traded their best player. They lost last night and are keeping their foot on the pedal, but don’t count out the Beloved Royals who may respond with a move of their own. Bye Bye Moustakas?
Pirates 12 Reds 1 | Marlins 6 Rays 5 |
Indians 9 Rangers 8 (11)
I Was Still a Baby In His Crib When It Next Happened
It came close to happening in 1962 when 3 teams soared to 100 losses or more (including the Magnificent Mets) and 2 teams won 100 or more, but you have to go back to 1955 to see it happen again, sort of.
Since 1960 was the first year 162 instead of 154 games were played, I changed the criteria to be the win loss percentages needed to win 100 or more or lose 100 or more (.383 / .617) over 162 games. And since prior to 1960 there were only 16 teams, I thought it fair reduce the criteria from 3 teams to 2 teams
Washington Senators 53-101 (34.4%) / Fightin O’s 57-97 (37.0%)
Yankees 96 -58 (.623) / Brooklyn Dodgers 98 – 55 (.641)
But still crushed by our likely 2018 outcomes.
Dodgers 6 Brewers 4 | Royals 6 Twins 5 | Giants 5 Athletics 1
Wanna Know How Much Strikeouts Are Up?
This is about 8 minutes long and like strikeouts is really boring so you don’t have to watch the whole thing but I did because I have rule for myself that I don’t post a vid unless I’ve seen the whole thing.
For the first time in Major League history there were more strikeouts in a month than hits in a month. At the end of April, there were 7,335 strikeouts and 6,992 hits. And then it happened again, last June there were 6,776 strikeouts and 6,641 hits.
We’re on pace this for a MLB team average of 1358 total strikeouts achieved.
2008 – 1096
2000 – 1045
Rockies 11 Diamondbacks 10 | Mariners 3 White Sox 1
Something For Stex and an Excuse to Get This Vid In
Astro’s 3 Angles 1