Posted by Andy on September 6, 2010
The Padres have now lost 10 games in a row but are clinging to the NL West division lead. By using the streak analyzer, I found that the last playoff team to lose 10 games in a row at any point in the season and still make the playoffs was the 1982 Braves, who dropped 10 in a row in early August of that year.
Those 1982 Braves finished 89-73 but deserved by Pythagorean W-L to win only 85 games. They would have finished 3rd that year with just 85 wins.
According to coolstandings.com the Padres' chances of winning their division have dropped from 93% to 57% over the course of their losing streak.
Thanks to Geoff at Ducksnorts.com for the post idea.