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 Post subject: Historical perspective - wildcard history
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:47 am 
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Full season win totals of the top two conteders for a wildcard spot (non-strike shortened year):

1996: 90/88
1997: 92/88
1998: 90/89
1999: 97/96
2000: 94/86
2001: 93/90
2002: 95/92
2003: 91/87
2004: 92/91
2005: 89/88
2006: 88/85
2007: 90/89
2008: 90/89
2010: 91/90
2011: 90/89
2012: 94/88

IF MLB had a two team wildcard in place since 1996, no team winning 90 games would have been shut out of the playoffs. An 89 win Cubs team would not have made a two-team wildcard in 2004. An 88 win Cubs team would not have made a two-team wildcard in 2001. An the Mets' 88 wins in 1997, 1998 and 2007 would not have been enough for them to qualify for a two-team wildcard in those years.

If history plays out . . . a finish of 39-42 should put the Bucs in - at worst - a one-game, sudden death playoff game.

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 Post subject: Re: Historical perspective - wildcard history
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:39 pm 
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Grrrr :twisted: You're going to jinx this team, 9. And you're the superstitious one on this board.

Let's NOT start talking about what kind of finish will get the Buccos into the playoffs, or at worst, a winning record. We all saw how that played out the last two seasons....


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 Post subject: Re: Historical perspective - wildcard history
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:57 pm 
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I barely even count 2011. That team was such a fluke. In my eyes, it's basically a collapse sample size of one.

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