While looking for clues in the scores as to how the stretch playoff run is going to go the first thing I noticed is that 7 of the thirty teams scored exactly 3 runs. The fewest runs scored was 0 and the most was 10. That means that there were 11 possible individual run outcomes and almost half of them were 3. If the number 3 had average luck the number of teams scoring 3 should have been…my god…3. The Gods are up to something, but what?
So I did a little research.
Mets 4 Nationals 2 | Brewers 8 Pirates 3 | Rays 11 Blue Jays 3
As noted above the number of teams scoring 3 was not 5, 6, or 8 but 7!
The lucky number, or is it?
White Sox 10 Cubs 4 | Red Sox 7
Indians 5 | Yankees 10 Orioles 8
Our Alleged Reality
The only remaining playoff question in the dignifiedly organized American League is will the wild card playoff be played in New York or Oakland, with the Yankees holding only a 1 1/2 game lead over the Athletics. Meanwhile things are a good deal more up in the air for the disheveled commies in the “National” League. The Braves pretty much have it in the bag in the NL East but in the Central and the West the Cubs and Brewers and the Dodgers and Rockies are both just 1 1/2 a part. The chase for the two wild cards is a barn burner too, The Cardinals lead the way with 88 wins, the Brewers are sitting at 85 and the Rockies have 83. Of course if the Cubs or Dodgers slip out of first they are in the thick of the wild card.
I’ll put this here for the fans of the odd teams out, and for myself.
Royals 4 Tigers 3 | Marlins 1 Reds 0 (F/10) | Braves 6 Phillies 5
Capitalists VS Commies
The American League doesn’t just have a greater disparity between its best and worst teams than the National League is also enjoys a greater disparity between its worst and best players. Khris Davis leads the American League with 45 home runs. Matt Carpenter leads the National League with 35. RBI: J D Martinez 124 / Javier Baez 107. Saves Edwin Diaz 56 / Wade Davis 40. Season WAR: Mookie Betts 10.2 / Lorenzo Cain 6.6.
Rangers 8 Mariners 3 (F/7) | Astros 11 Angels 3 | Cardinals 5 Giants 3
Stat Head Numerology
The stat heads over at fivethirtyeight employed some statistical modeling to ask how the Orioles and Royals would do if they played in the AAA leagues. The answer was probably pretty good but not real real good, and maybe not.
Rockies 6 Diamondbacks 2 | Athletics 7 Twins 6 (F/10) | Padres 5 Dodgers 3