Comments on: Red Sox-Cubs http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11164 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Hire Jim Essian - Uncle Mike’s Friday BROWSing: The “Hungover, Too” Edition http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11164/comment-page-1#comment-116057 Fri, 27 May 2011 16:31:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11164#comment-116057 [...] Cubs can’t even win the World Series that should have happened against the Red Sox. Also, [...]

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By: Neil L. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11164/comment-page-1#comment-114771 Sun, 22 May 2011 22:55:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11164#comment-114771 @37
Andy R, no expansion, give the current financial climate.

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By: Andy R http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11164/comment-page-1#comment-114704 Sun, 22 May 2011 18:55:09 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11164#comment-114704 For scheduling, 30 teams just doesn't work- either expand to 32 teams or contract to 28 teams, neither of which are totally desirable. Where do you expand? Who do you contract?

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11164/comment-page-1#comment-114470 Sat, 21 May 2011 15:56:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11164#comment-114470 P.S. to Bradley -- Having unbalanced divisions is just fallout from the unbalanced league size. Of course, you're right that it's inherently unfair that the AL West automatically gets 1 in 4 teams into the playoffs, while the NL Central gets just 1 of 6.

Given the current division formats, I think the following rule would be interesting:
-- If there is an AL team that stands to miss the postseason, but has a better record than the AL West leader, those 2 teams have a 1-game play-in, hosted by the West division leader.
But MLB would never go for that in a million years.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11164/comment-page-1#comment-114469 Sat, 21 May 2011 15:50:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11164#comment-114469 @33, Bradley -- The 16/14 split is because it's hard to schedule a league with an odd number of teams; either every single day would have to have one team idle, or else there would have to be an interleague game every single day.

The first option is problematic because of the "series" nature of the schedule; in effect, the idle team would generally have to be off for 2 or 3 days in a row.

The second option, in my opinion, is actually workable, but it goes against MLB's (i.e., Selig's) fanciful notion of interleague play as an exciting period in the schedule. Bud thinks that having an interleague game every day would take the sparkle out of it; he doesn't seem to realize how little buzz is generated by much of the current interleague schedule.

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By: Nash Bruce http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11164/comment-page-1#comment-114431 Sat, 21 May 2011 11:11:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11164#comment-114431 @30: yup, totally agree!!!!!!

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By: Bradley http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11164/comment-page-1#comment-114408 Sat, 21 May 2011 09:04:44 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11164#comment-114408 I'm still confused as to why there are 14 teams in the AL and 16 in the NL. And why the AL West only has four teams, while the NL Central has six.

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By: rolf http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11164/comment-page-1#comment-114404 Sat, 21 May 2011 08:47:38 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11164#comment-114404 Of course your head says sox and your heart says cubs...i dont know if they would have found a way to tie, more like found a way to both lose!
http://www.baseballcomeback.blogspot.com/

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By: Rich http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11164/comment-page-1#comment-114361 Sat, 21 May 2011 04:44:47 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11164#comment-114361 they = the Phillies played the Red Sox

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By: Rich http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11164/comment-page-1#comment-114360 Sat, 21 May 2011 04:44:10 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11164#comment-114360 This is the best way I can illustrate the problem with interleague play. The Cubs and the Phillies are two of the oldest franchises in baseball, starting in 1876 and 1883 respectively. Each has been in the NL that entire time and as recently as 1992, they played each other 18 times in a season. Last year, they played each other six times, some of which you could chalk up to expansion and now being in different divisions. But they also played the freakin Red Sox six times as well. Under no circumstances should a team play another team that's in direct competition for a playoff spot the same number of times as a team that has ZERO to do with their playoff run.

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