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Friday, June 8, 2018

Randomness of Wild Cards.

2012 was the first season with two wild card (WC) teams in each "league". Having five teams in a division playing 162 games is moronic. Thank you former commissioner Allen Huber "Bud" Selig, who has been enshrined in the Hall of Fame for his many bad policies over two decades. His successor, Manfred the A-Rod Slayer, does not seem inclined to change for the better.

Judge for yourself. Below are the top teams in order by wins for each season 2012-2017. Bold WC indicates which won the do-or-die game. Bold team name means pennant winner, i.e., played in the finals, a.k.a World Series. Bold team name in red means the finals winner.


201220122012201320132013201420142014
Yankees951Red Sox971Angels981
Athletics941Athletics961Orioles961
Orioles93WCTigers931Tigers901
Rangers93WCRays92WCRoyals89WC
Rays903Indians92WCAthletics88WC
Angels893
Tigers881
201520152015201620162016201720172017
Royals951Rangers951Indians1021
Blue Jays931Indians941Astros1011
Rangers881Red Sox931Red Sox931
Yankees87WCOrioles89WCYankees91WC
Astros86WCBlue Jays89WCTwins85WC


201220122012201320132013201420142014
Nationals981Cardinals971Nationals961
Reds971Braves961Dodgers941
Giants941Pirates94WCCardinals901
Braves94WCReds90WCPirates88WC
Cardinals88WCGiants88WC
201520152015201620162016201720172017
Cardinals1001Cubs1031Dodgers1041
Pirates98WCNationals951Nationals971
Cubs97WCDodgers911D'backs93WC
Dodgers921Giants87WCCubs921
Mets901Mets87WCRockies87WC

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