Here's some facts to chew on. Since 2001 in the NL:
- the average WC team won 91 games, the average firstteam out won just under 89 games;
- Only twice has a team made the playoffs winning less than 90 games, where as the first team out has only won more than 90 games twice.
- the most wins for a WC team is 95
- the fewest wins for a first-team out is 85
>92 wins - virtual lock for playoffs
90-92 wins- better chance than not
88-89 wins - possible with some luck
<88 wins - forget about it
>89 wins - virtual lock
88-89 wins- better chance than not
85-87 wins - possible with some luck
<85 wins - forget about it
(of course I HATE the addition of any more teams to the playoffs. But I'm a "Playoffs as a reasonable way to find the best team" kind of guy, not a "Playoffs a fun and exciting way to crown a champion" one. You are probably the latter. Most people are. jerks)
Oh and Cole Kimball is back as Toronto tried to sneak him through waivers and the Nats claimed him. So he'll sit on the 40 for half a year. You would think that doesn't make sense, if they needed the space then - they should need it now, too, but maybe the CF trade talks are involving multiple guys that sit on the 40 or multiple guys they would normally protect in Rule V?