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Playoff Race: Red Sox win, despite not playing

Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:56 am
 
By Matt Snyder

The Red Sox -- who are still in position to make the playoffs, by the way -- didn't have a game Friday night. They were washed out at Yankee Stadium and will have to play a doubleheader Sunday. Still, the night ended up being a very good one for them. Both the Rays and the Angels lost, inching the Red Sox closer to winning the wild card and avoiding a historic collapse.

Let's break it down.

Boston Red Sox
88-68
Remaining schedule: 3 @ NYY, 3 @ BAL
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 95.2 percent

Tampa Bay Rays
86-71, 2.5 GB
Remaining schedule: 2 v. TOR, 3 v. NYY
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 3.7 percent

Los Angeles Angels
85-72, 3.5 GB
Remaining schedule: 2 v. OAK, 3 v. TEX
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 1.1 percent

I'd say we can write off the Angels. They need to win out and have the Red Sox go 1-5, while also leap-frogging the Rays. The Rays have a pretty big uphill battle themselves, but if they won out -- which isn't a ridiculous notion, actually -- there's a shot. The focus has to just be on winning every game. The odds say this thing is over, though.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Playoff Race: Red Sox win, despite not playing

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Playoff Race: Red Sox win, despite not playing

The Red Sox won't be mathematically eliminated until game 3 of the ALDS.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 5:39 am
 

Playoff Race: Red Sox win, despite not playing

Toronto, we are screwing this up. Stop winning.



Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2011 1:29 am
 

Playoff Race: Red Sox win, despite not playing

One would think Red Sox have been mathematically eliminated, despite their remaining in the lead for the wild card, from so much of the tone of things of late.


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