Posts Tagged ‘Astros in Competition with Other Autumn Mourners’

What’s Cooking, Baseball Gods?

September 24, 2017

We wonder what chicanery the baseball gods are cooking up for the 2017 World Series?

 

In 2005, many fans hoped that the then NL-based Astros’ hunger for a first World Series win in their first opportunity over 43 years (1962-2005) would carry them past the Chicago White Sox. As you know, it did not. The White Sox deprivation far exceeded the Astros wait, and, when the Sox won in 2005, it ended an 88-year gap between their two most recent White Sox World Series wins of 1917 and 2005.

If the length of wait sometimes determines who will win the World Series, here are the results for the four possible matches between our four best record clubs, two from each league, in 2017:

Under Condition 1: The Rule only goes into Effect for the World Series:

Astros (1962-2017) 55 years win over Dodgers (1988-2017) 29 years

Nationals (1924-2017) 93 years win over Astros (1962-2017) 55 years

Indians (1948-2017) 69 years win over Dodgers (1988-2017) 29 years

Nationals (1924-2017) 93 years win over Indians (1948-2017) 69 years

Under Condition 2: The Rule also determines which two teams reach the World Series

Under that finer case qualification, there is only one result:

Nationals (1924-2017) 93 years win over Indians (1948-2017) 69 years

Under Condition 3: Other Teams Not Named Here Become Qualifiers:

Either reconfigure or throw the whole thing out as a waste of Sunday morning time. 🙂

~ PS: There are no true wastes of time. If we ever hope to better understand how the baseball gods think along their ways to arranging everything and everyone by fate and destiny, we must be willing to humbly dabble in the same absurd corners of both math and reason where they walk – and sometimes stumble – and not be afraid of the boogeyman.

********************

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE RACES, GB IN EACH

THRU GAMES PLAYED SATURDAY, 9/23/2017

CLUB W L W%   AL   NL   WS
DODGERS 98 57 .632   ~   L   L
INDIANS 97 58 .626   L   ~   1.0
ASTROS 95 59 .617   1.5   ~   2.5
NATIONALS 93 61 .604   ~   4.5   4.5

L = LEADER BY LEAGUE AND WS OVERALL.

Overall Leader gets home field advantage (HFA) in World Series. 

GAMES TO PLAY: DODGERS 7, INDIANS 7, ASTROS 8, NATIONALS 8

********************

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE SERIOUS CONTENDER SCORES

THRU GAMES PLAYED SATURDAY, 9/23/2017

ASTROS 3 – ANGELS 0

INDIANS 11 – MARINERS 4

NATIONALS 4 – METS 3

GIANTS 2 – DODGERS 1

********************

AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES PLAYED SATURDAY, 9/23/2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 566 196 38 4 24 .346
2 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 492 162 23 4 17 .329
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 579 186 30 1 24 .321
4 JOSH REDDICK HOU 473 150 34 4 13 .317
5 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 560 177 51 6 28 .316
6 JOE MAUER MIN 508 156 35 1 7 .307
7 JOSE ABREU CWS 598 182 41 6 31 .304
8 LORENZO CAIN KC 563 169 26 5 14 .303
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 394 119 21 1 21 .302
9 YULI GURRIEL HOU 505 150 39 1 18 .297
10 ELVIS ANDRUS TEX 613 182 42 4 20 .297
  ALL TOP 40 ASTROS
11 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 436 129 32 0 22 .296
21 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 521 148 28 0 32 .284
27 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 523 146 36 5 16 .279

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

 

********************

 

Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle