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Postby stumpak » Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:50 pm

You can't just project out the same winning percentages moving forward. Over the last month of the seasons, the schedule is very heavy with intradivision games. By definition, these result in a .500 aggregate winning percentage for the AL East. So basically the NL East teams would really have to beat up on the rest of the league to continue finish the season with the same winning percentage they have now.

I would bet $100 against $10 that at least one of those teams have a sub-.500 winning percentage by the end of the season.
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Postby Philliebuster » Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:03 pm

Good find....a 7 team division all at or above .500...I especially enjoyed seeing that the yankees were 71 - 91 that year!

Tavish wrote:Not even close to the best in history. It is a very well balanced division, but if you want the most balanced division ever you would have to start with the 1991 AL West. All 7 teams who finished .500 or better. Plus there wasn't a "balanced" schedule back then where the teams just basically beat up on each other.
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Postby DK » Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:04 pm

stumpak wrote:You can't just project out the same winning percentages moving forward. Over the last month of the seasons, the schedule is very heavy with intradivision games. By definition, these result in a .500 aggregate winning percentage for the AL East. So basically the NL East teams would really have to beat up on the rest of the league to continue finish the season with the same winning percentage they have now.

I would bet $100 against $10 that at least one of those teams have a sub-.500 winning percentage by the end of the season.


You misread me. I wasn't saying they would finish that way for the rest of the season, I was simply using their current numbers and putting them into 162-game format, for the sake of argument.
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Postby GotowarMissAgnes » Thu Aug 25, 2005 4:39 pm

Pre divisional changes, I think the "best last place team" was the 1966 Yankees. The AL that year had ten strong teams, with 9 of them clustered between 70 and 90 wins.

I think the following also deserve mention:

The 1979 Al East, with 6 teams over .500 and only the Blue Jays as a weak team.

The 1982 AL East with every team winning 78+ games.
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Postby atlbraves11 » Thu Aug 25, 2005 8:28 pm

Just another bit of information
AL East Teams vs NL Teams
39-48 .448

NL East Teams vs AL Teams
51-37 .580
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Postby DK » Thu Aug 25, 2005 8:37 pm

Philliebuster wrote:Chew on this:

2005:

The AL east vs. all NL teams is 42-48

The NL east vs. AL teams is 41-37

Season's not over yet, but thought i'd throw it out there.


atlbraves11 wrote:Just another bit of information
AL East Teams vs NL Teams
39-48 .448

NL East Teams vs AL Teams
51-37 .580


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Postby Philliebuster » Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:00 pm

LOL....who's math is right?
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Postby no1cowboysfan » Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:29 pm

I suppose it depends on what the definition of "best" is. It certainly is up there with the most competitive division ever. And it is definitely fun to keep an eye on... as any team could jump up and claim the throne.
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Postby JTWood » Thu Aug 25, 2005 10:14 pm

If the NL East is the best division ever, and the Braves have won it 13 years in a row, would that means the Braves have to be the best team ever?

If so, I'm not prepared to admit that.

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Postby tribefan13 » Thu Aug 25, 2005 10:27 pm

Well I definately think the AL is overall a lot better than the NL.
A note about the Nl east being the best division ever, as of right now they NL east division is 48 games above .500. I looked at a total of 3 years of the past and already found that in 1998 the AL East was 62 games above .500 together. So if you put all their records together the Al East killed them...... I think this is a good factor and shows that this NL East is just the most balanced, not BEST
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