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2006-09-07 14:23
by Bob Timmermann

The Pirates, thanks to a pair of home runs by Chris Duffy, beat the Cubs 7-5 at Wrigley Field. The win by the Pirates pushed them back ahead of the Cubs in the battle for fifth place in the NL Central, aka the battle to not have the worst record in the National League.

The Pirates are 57-84 and the Cubs are 56-84. Both the Pirates and Cubs are also battling it out to see who will be the first team mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in the National League.

Coming into today, according to the fine people at the RIOT number site, both the Cubs and Pirates needed to win at least 19 of their remaining games to have a shot. Both teams can win a maximum of 78 games (they don't play each other anymore). The only way these teams can make the playoffs is to win the NL Central (I'm pretty sure of that, but I'm willing to see a scenario where either the Pirates or Cubs could finish behind St. Louis, but ahead of the Dodgers, Padres, Phillies, or Marlins.) If the Cardinals win at Arizona tonight, the day of reckoning will draw nearer.

Meanwhile in the AL, the Orioles could get their plug pulled over the weekend. And since they are playing the Yankees, it's extremely likely.

2006-09-07 18:31:18
1.   das411
What if some sort of catastropic 9/11-type event managed to take out the Phillies, Marlins, Dodgers and Padres while they are all under 78 wins?
2006-09-07 20:40:14
2.   das411
No really? Would the league have to suspend play and call off the rest of the season? Could they even hold the rest of the games with teams missing, and how would this work, some sort of bye system? What if the Mets have say 90 wins but then the aforementioned catastrophe happens and the Phils/Marlins finish at or above 90? Has MLB ever addressed this?
2006-09-07 21:28:44
3.   Bob Timmermann

MLB and all the major sports have catastrophe plans.

They don't like to publicize them.

2006-09-07 21:44:08
4.   grandcosmo
If four NL franchises were destroyed at the same time I think we could safely say that the rest of the season would be called off.

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