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MLB Playoffs: Winning 100 games in the regular season means absolutely nothing.

I write this blog to you late on Thursday night as a baseball fan that had no horse in the race. The Yankees failed me yet again, and I had to sit and sulk and watch three teams in the AL East and the Houston Astros dance their way to the postseason, while I whisk in pity trying to focus on the miserable New York Giants. Thank goodness it's hockey and basketball season now...

But back to the point. Now that we are into the Championship series, I was waiting to pen this blog to see where everything shakes out. To my dismay, we've a Texas showdown in the American, and a very surprising matchup containing the Diamondbacks and the Phillies in the National League. Who could have predicted this?

I had a future on the Braves, and I was rooting for the O's, because why not? Both young teams with fiery offenses, I thought it was going to be a showstopper. But myself, and most of America, were sadly mistaken. Just take a look at the MLB standings at the conclusion of the season.

The three teams that surpassed one hundred wins failed to reach the pennant matchup. Take it a step further, the top five teams failed to do so. Everyone laughed at the Yankees for missing the postseason, I'd rather miss the playoffs then get embarrassed on the bigger stage.

The Orioles and Dodgers got swept, and the Braves just fell 3-1 to the Phillies. This season, Baltimore never got swept once, until this past week. The Dodgers had the most talented roster and failed to advanced. The Braves had the most historic offense in the entire sport, and they walk away with nothing. Make it make sense?

Could this be because the playoff format is broken, and the teams coming in with momentum have the advantage? I would say so, but that's a conversation for another day. I am here to tell you that baseball is just one giant crapshoot, where anything (and everything) could happen.

In the history of Major League Baseball, 68 of the 116 "100-win teams" have advanced to the World Series (close to 60%). 38 of those 68 went on to win the World Series. So by that math, only 32% of the cream of the crop those seasons won the whole thing. That's pretty damming.

At the end of the day, winning 100 games in a long and rigorous 162 slate is impressive, but it doesn't mean a damn thing. If your team doesn't win the World Series, then it was a wasted and failed season.


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