This comes to us via Bugs and Cranks…
In an ESPN.com poll from Friday, respondents were asked: What will be the season-ending outcome for the Red Sox and Yankees? They were given 4 options…
- Both make playoffs
- Both miss playoffs
- Red Sox in, Yankees out
- Yankees in, Red Sox out
As you can see in the results, 5% of respondents feel both the Yankees and the Red Sox will make the playoffs. In other words…5% of people that respond to ESPN.com polls are idiots.
Here we go again…In order for both the Red Sox and Yankees to make the playoffs, the Rays would have to miss the playoffs, somehow finishing behind the Yankees in the standings. The Rays have a 10.5 game lead on the Yankees with 35 games remaining (the Yankees have 34 games left). If the Rays won just 17 of their 35 games, they would finish with 95 wins. In order for the Yankees to win 95 games they would have to finish 27-7. It is just not going to happen.
This is why the Rays have a 96.6% chance of making the playoffs and the Yankees are only at 2.6%. And the 3.4% chance the Rays miss the playoffs? That is taking into account the possibility that both AL Central teams and the Red Sox pass the Rays. A much more plausible scenario than the Yankees passing the Rays.
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