WHAT IF

What if teams finished according to their Pythagorean W-L records? What changes would take place? I’m only looking at the playoff years.

1969

The Chicago Cubs win the NL East instead of the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants win the NL West instead of the Atlanta Braves, one of them loses to the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series.

1970

The Chicago Cubs win the NL East instead of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but just like Pittsburgh, lose to the Cincinnati Reds in the NLCS.

1971

The Los Angeles Dodgers win the NL West instead of San Francisco, but just like them lose to Pittsburgh in the NLCS.

1972

Baltimore wins the AL East instead of the Detroit Tigers, but just like them lose to the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS.

1973

The St. Louis Cardinals win the NL East instead of the New York Mets, and then lose to Cincinnati in the NLCS. Oakland beats Cincinnati in the World Series.

1975

Baltimore wins the AL East instead of the Boston Red Sox, either they or Oakland lose to Cincinnati in the World Series.

1980

Baltimore win the AL East instead of the New York Yankees, then just like them lose to the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS. The Los Angeles Dodgers win the NL West instead of the Houston Astros, then just like them lose to the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS.

1982

The Los Angeles Dodgers win the NL West instead of Atlanta, but just like them lose to St. Louis in the NLCS.

1983

Atlanta wins the NL West instead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, then just like them lose to Philadelphia in the NLCS.

1984

The Minnesota Twins or the California Angels win the AL West instead of the Kansas City Royals, then like them lose to Detroit in the ALCS. Houston wins the NL West instead of the San Diego Padres, then lose in the NLCS to the Chicago Cubs, who go on to lose in the World Series to Detroit.

1987

The Toronto Blue Jays win the AL East instead of Detroit, then just like them lose to Minnesota in the ALCS, or beat Kansas City and then lose to St. Louis or the New York Mets (or beat the New York Mets) in the World Series. Kansas City wins the AL West instead of Minnesota, and lose to Detroit in the ALCS, then Detroit lose to St. Louis or the New York Mets in the World Series.

The New York Mets win the NL East instead of St. Louis, beat San Francisco in the NLCS and then lose to Minnesota or Toronto, or beat Toronto in the World Series.

1989

The New York Mets win the NL East instead of the Chicago Cubs (if both finish with their Pythagorean records), then like them lose to San Francisco in the NLCS.

1990

Toronto wins the AL East instead of Boston, but then just like them lose to Oakland in the ALCS. The New York Mets win the NL East instead of Pittsburgh, but then just like them lose to Cincinnati in the NLCS.

1991

The Los Angeles Dodgers win the NL West instead of Atlanta, then lose to Pittsburgh in the NLCS. Pittsburgh then lose to Minnesota in the World Series.

1992

The Milwaukee Brewers win the AL East instead of Toronto, then beat Oakland (or lose to them) in the ALCS. Atlanta beat Milwaukee or Oakland in the World Series.

1993

The Montreal Expos win the NL East instead of Philadelphia (assuming only Philadelphia play like their Pythagorean record). Atlanta then beat Montreal in the NLCS and then either beat Toronto in the World Series, or lose to them.

1995

California wins the AL Wildcard instead of the New York Yankees, then lose in the ALDS to the Boston Red Sox (or beat them). The Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners in the other series, then Cleveland beat Boston or California in the ALCS.

Houston wins the NL Wildcard instead of the Colorado Rockies, then like them lose to Atlanta in the NLDS.

1996

The Chicago White Sox win the AL Wildcard instead of Baltimore, they then lose to the New York Yankees in the ALDS. Cleveland beats the Texas Rangers in the other series, before losing to the Bronx Bombers in the ALCS.

Montreal win the NL Wildcard instead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, then lose in the NLDS to San Diego (or beat them). In the meantime, Atlanta beats St. Louis a round earlier in the NLDS, before beating Montreal or San Diego in the NLCS.

1997

The New York Yankees win the AL East instead of Baltimore, who win the AL Wildcard instead as the teams switch places. In the ALDS, New York beats Seattle and Cleveland beats Baltimore. In the ALCS, New York beats Cleveland. The World Series between New York and the Florida Marlins probably goes either way, though New York would be the more likely winners in my opinion.

The Los Angeles Dodgers win the NL West instead of San Francisco, then just like them lose to Florida in the NLCS.

1998

San Francisco win the NL Wildcard instead of the Chicago Cubs, then just like them lose to Atlanta in the NLDS.

1999

Cincinnati win the NL Wildcard instead of the New York Mets, then play the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS, whoever wins loses to Atlanta in the NLCS.

2000

Boston win the AL East instead of the New York Yankees, then lose to Oakland in the ALDS. Oakland then play the Seattle Mariners in the ALCS and I could see either team winning it. Oakland or Seattle plays the New York Mets in the World Series and any of then could’ve won it.

2001

St. Louis wins the NL Central instead of Houston and the Chicago Cubs win the NL Wildcard instead of St. Louis. In the NLDS, St. Louis beats Atlanta and Arizona beats Chicago. Arizona then beats St. Louis in the NLCS, instead of a round earlier in the NLDS.

2002

Boston wins the AL East instead of the New York Yankees, who win the AL Wildcard instead of Oakland, and the Anaheim Angels win the AL West instead of Oakland. In the ALDS, Anaheim beats New York and it’s a toss-up between Boston and Minnesota. Either way, Boston or Minnesota lose to Anaheim in the ALCS.

San Francisco and Arizona switch places, with SF winning the NL West and Arizona winning the NL Wildcard. In the NLDS, it’s a toss-up between Atlanta and Arizona and San Francisco beats St. Louis. San Francisco then beats Atlanta or Arizona in the NLCS.

2003

The Chicago White Sox win the AL Central instead of Minnesota, then lose just like them to the New York Yankees in the ALDS. Seattle wins the AL West instead of Oakland, then just like them lose to Boston in the ALDS.

Houston wins the NL Central instead of the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis wins the NL Wildcard instead of Florida. In the NLDS, Atlanta beats Houston and San Francisco beats St. Louis. In the NLCS, Atlanta beats San Francisco. In the World Series, New York beats Atlanta.

2004

The New York Yankees and Boston switch places as Boston wins the AL East and New York wins the AL Wildcard. In the ALDS, New York beats Anaheim and Boston beats Minnesota. In the ALCS, Boston beats New York as they did in real life.

The Chicago Cubs win the NL Wildcard instead of Houston, then lose to Atlanta in the NLDS. Atlanta then loses to St. Louis in the NLCS.

2005

Cleveland wins the AL Central instead of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland wins the AL Wildcard instead of Boston. In the ALDS, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beats the New York Yankees and it’s a toss-up between Cleveland and Oakland. Anaheim beats Cleveland or Oakland in the ALCS, before losing to Houston (or beating them) in the World Series.

2006

Detroit and Minnesota switch places, as Detroit wins the AL Central and Minnesota wins the AL Wildcard. In the ALDS, New York beats Minnesota and Detroit beats Oakland. In the ALCS, Detroit beats New York instead of a round earlier in the ALDS as in real life.

Houston wins the NL Central instead of St. Louis, the Los Angeles Dodgers wins the NL West instead of San Diego, Philadelphia or San Diego wins the NL Wildcard instead of Los Angeles. In the NLDS, thd New York Mets beat San Diego or Houston, and it’s a toss-up between Houston and Los Angeles or Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Either way, the New York Mets win the NLCS and then beat Detroit in the World Series.

2007

Atlanta wins the NL East instead of Philadelphia, Colorado wins the NL West instead of Arizona, and San Diego wins the NL Wildcard instead of Colorado. In the NLDS, it’s a toss-up between Atlanta and San Diego, and Colorado beats the Chicago Cubs. Colorado beats Atlanta or San Diego in the NLCS.

2008

Boston and the Tampa Bay Rays switch places as Boston wins the AL East and Tamps Bay wins the AL Wildcard. In the ALDS, Boston beats the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay beats the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In the ALCS, Tampa Bay beats Boston as they did in real life.

The New York Mets win the NL Wildcard instead of Milwaukee. In the NLDS, Philadelphia beats the Los Angeles Dodgers a round earlier, and the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs. In the NLCS, Philadelphia beats the New York Mets.

2010

The New York Yankees switch with Tampa Bay, winning the AL East as Tampa Bay wins the AL Wildcard. In the ALDS, Texas beats New York and Tampa Bay beats Minnesota. In the ALCS, Texas beats Tampa Bay a round later.

2011

Boston wins the AL Wildcard instead of Tampa Bay, then loses to Texas in the ALDS just like them.

2012

The Chicago White Sox win the AL Central instead of Detroit, Tampa Bay replaces Baltimore as one of the AL Wildcard teams, and is the home team instead of Texas. In the AL Wildcard Playoff Game, it’s a toss-up between Tampa Bay and Texas, but the winners lose to the New York Yankees in the ALDS. Oakland beats the Chicago White Sox in the other ALDS. In the ALCS, it’s a toss-up between New York and Oakland, but whoever wins loses to Cincinnati, San Francisco or St. Louis in the World Series.

St. Louis wins the NL Central instead of Cincinnati, Atlanta and Cincinnati are the NL Wildcard teams instead of Atlanta and St. Louis, with Cincinnati winning the NL Wildcard Playoff Game. In the NLDS, it’s a toss-up between St. Louis and San Francisco and Washington and Cincinnati. Either St. Louis, Cincinnati or San Francisco win the NLCS.

2013

Texas is the home AL Wildcard team instead of Cleveland, and a Wildcard instead of Tampa Bay. It’s a toss-up who wins between them in the AL Wildcard Playoff Game, but whoever does loses to Boston in the ALDS.

Cincinnati and Pittsburgh reverse the home/away dynamic in the NL Wildcard Playoff Game, with Cincinnati hosting instead, but Pittsburgh still winning.

2014

Oakland wins the AL West instead of Anaheim (who replace Oakland as the home AL Wildcard team), Seattle replaces Kansas City as the second AL Wildcard team. It’s a toss-up who wins the AL Wildcard Playoff Game and who faces Baltimore (who still beat Detroit in the ALDS) in the ALCS, or who even wins that series, they then lose to San Francisco in the World Series.

Pittsburgh wins the NL Central instead of St. Louis, St. Louis replaces Pittsburgh as the home NL Wildcard team, and like them loses to San Francisco.

2015

Houston wins the AL West instead of Texas, and then loses to Toronto in the ALDS just like them. Cleveland replace Houston as the road AL Wildcard team, and then loses to the New York Yankees in the AL Wildcard Playoff Game. New York loses to Kansas City in the ALDS.

2016

Seattle wins the AL West instead of Texas, and then loses to Cleveland in the ALDS just like them.

San Francisco replaces the New York Mets as the home Wildcard team, and St. Louis replaces the New York Mets as the second NL Wildcard Game. San Francisco still wins the NL Wildcard Playoff Game.

2017

The New York Yankees switch places with Boston and win the AL East, while Boston takes the home AL Wildcard team spot. Boston beats Minnesota in the AL Wildcard Game and then it’s a toss-up between them and Cleveland in the ALDS. It’s also a toss-up between New York and Houston in the other ALDS. New York or Houston wins AL Pennant and then beats the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series (Houston did it in real life).

2018

The Chicago Cubs switch places with Milwaukee, as Chicago wins the NL Central and Milwaukee becomes the home NL Wildcard team. St. Louis replaces Colorado as the away NL Wildcard team. Milwaukee beats St. Louis in the NL Wildcard Game. In the NLDS, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Atlanta as they did in real life, and Milwaukee beats Chicago.

2019

Atlanta and Washington switch places, as Washington wins the NL East and Atlanta gets the home NL Wildcard spot, and then beats Milwaukee just like Washington did in the NL Wildcard Game in real life. In the NLDS, Washington beats St. Louis a round earlier, and it’s a toss-up between Atlanta and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Washington beats Atlanta or Los Angeles in the NLCS.

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