09/08/2005: Magic Number Watch:
Still holding at 11
[WTF is it with the Cubs? They can beat the Cardinals regularly (2-1 last night), but can't beat the rest of the National League? The good news this morning, however, is that Baseball Prospectus's Postseason Odds ratings make the Astros the favorite to win the NL wild card again this season. If that happens (and I hope it does for this reason) it's most likely that the Cardinals will face the NL West Champion in the NL Divisional Series. Since, right now, the Padres are leading that division with a .484 winning percentage, we could look forward to a short, sweet NLDS in all probability.
Though I wonder, if the winner of the NL West Pennant wins that division with a record that's less than .500, will there be a push to disqualify them from the postseason and replace them with a second wild card, one that could at least win more games than they lost during the regular season? Somehow, if you can't put together a record better than 81-81, I'd think you should probably be ashamed even to display a pennant in your stadium next season.]
Len on 09.08.05 @ 07:19 AM CST