Had the Expos played .500 baseball the rest of the way, they would finished the year 98-64. In short, only an epic collapse would’ve kept the Expos out of the playoffs. Montreal had a young, exciting team on the rise, the second lowest payroll in the game, rising attendance, and postseason revenue all in the future. The extra money would’ve helped the Expos avoid the fire sale of 1995 and who knows what else? The Montreal Expos were the number one casualty of the strike. Absent the strike, the Expos would be alive and well in Montreal.
I don't know if that's really the case because I'm not sure what the ownership situation was like at the time, but that was the part that caught my eye with respect to the Expos. I suppose winning in the post season doesn't guarnatee anything (see Marlins) but that's probably the most fascinating part to me.
Expos never got much TV money so they relied on the gate more so than most teams. The gate from the rest of the season and the playoff revenue would have made a lot of difference.
As a lifelong Giants fan, the biggest thing that sticks in my mind about 1994 is Matt Williams. He had a semi-legitimate shot to break Maris's record that year. I was a big Matt Williams fan at the time. I had the destinct pleasure of having about a 20 minute conversation with him one day. He was so down to earth that it was easy to like him. When the season was called off I immediately thought about him. While he did have a nice career, he never did hit with quite the same prowess he displayed in 1994.
Oh and I do think it sucked bad for the Expos. Montreal no longer has a team. If they had at least gone to the World Series that year. Things could have been different.