mweir145 wrote:First of all, while Texas is a good team, the Rangers still aren't anywhere near as good as NYY, BOS or TAM.
These are the current top 4 best teams in the AL.
Off the ESPN page you linked to before: http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rpi/_/sort/expWinPct
BOS . 583
*ExW-L and ExWP are derived from Bill James' Pythagorean theorem of baseball: Runs scored [squared] / (Runs scored [squared] + runs allowed [squared]). This formula was designed to relate a team's runs scored and runs allowed to its won-lost record.
If I was dropping anyone off that list it would be Boston. They are +69 runs for and against, where as Texas are +79. I don't need any third order shenanigans to tell me that.
mweir145 wrote:Second of all, you've just proven my point about the difficulty of the Jays' schedule in the 2nd half. Even 10 games over the final 80 is significant (it's 12.5% of the 2nd half) and enough to hurt my chances of winning. The Jays likely needed to be well over .500 going into the final 3 months to have a chance to beat the A's. And for a while there, I thought they would do it.
Yes we are in agreement that Toronto has a more difficult 2nd half
mweir145 wrote:Anyway, I don't see why you've made this into an issue of contention here. I wasn't making excuses, I was commenting on the reality of the situation at this point. It's looking less and less good for the 3rd year in a row.
I just like busting your chops if you sound excuse-y