I am somewhat disappointed that the Padres did not win today so they got eliminated on the last day.
So who will you cheer for or against. I like the Rays, Rangers, and Reds (really I do, I just did not pick all the teams that start with an R; it is just a coincidence) in that order.
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In baseball, many wild card seeds won the World Series such as the 1997 Florida Marlins, 2002 Anaheim Angels, 2003 Florida Marlins, 2004 Boston Red Sox,
Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia
Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco
New York vs. Minnesota
Texas vs. Tampa Bay
Actual predictions of the winners (for the purposes of being humiliated later on):
I like Philadelphia to win it all because Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt are an excellent triumvirate.Moneyball
Over the course of those 25 years, the team with the best record only won the World Series seven times (or 28% of the time). We have now completed 15 years with eight teams in baseball’s post-season. Over these 15 seasons, the team with the best record has only won the World Series three times. In fact, a team ranked 5th or lower in the regular season record has taken the title five times. So with respect to baseball, the more teams in the post-season, the more random the outcomes.
Outcomes in basketball are less random. Over the past 30 years, the team with the best record in the NBA has won the NBA title 16 times. The team with the second-best record took the title eight times. Furthermore, over the past 30 years, only eight different teams have won an NBA title. In contrast, nine different teams have won the World Series in the past fifteen seasons.
So although basketball allows more teams into the playoffs, outcomes don’t appear as random as we observe in baseball. The reason for this difference is what we call “the short supply of tall people.” The NBA draws its talent from a very small population (really tall people). As Stephen Jay Gould argued, the smaller the population a league draws upon, the wider the spread in the talents employed. Applied to basketball, this means some teams get to employ players like Dwight Howard or LeBron James. Other teams, though, have to employ lesser talents. And when players who are substantially better get to play inferior talents, the outcomes end up being far more predictable.