Playoffs more attainable than ever
Is that true, though? It seems to me that we've heard exactly the same thing every season since the implementation of Commissioner Bud's little scheme. Fortunately, given today's technology, it's easy to check.
At dawn this morning, there are 21 teams within five games of either first place or the wild card. Yes, five games is an arbitrary standard -- and just leaves out the Dodgers, who are five-and-a-half games behind the Padres -- but hey, one has to draw the line somewhere. And 21 teams are a lot. Last July 25, there were 18 teams within five games of first place in one standing or another and that was a lot.