What’s the magic number to clinch a playoff berth in a 60-game MLB season?

first_imgMORE: Why the Padres, A’s and Mets could surprise in a 60-game season Vegas odds Odds Shark released its win totals for the 60-game season, and the Yankees and Dodgers have the highest number at 37.5 each. Those two — which will be heavy World Series favorites even in the new format — are the only teams picked to win more than 35 games.  Houston is next at 35, followed by Minnesota at 34.5. Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Washington are at 34. That list provides five of the six division winners from last season — with the Cardinals the other team. St. Louis is at 32.5.  By these numbers, any team that gets to 35-38 victories should be good for a playoff berth.  That might not be enough to win the division, however.  2019 division winners  We totaled the winning percentage for the six division winners from 2019, and that number is .622. If you are targeting that winning percentage over a 60-game season, then the closest record would be 37-23 — a .616 winning percentage.  Teams that win 38 games would have a .633 winning percentage. The Astros (.660), Dodgers (.654) and Yankees (.636) were the only teams that did better than that over a 162-game season last year.  Of course, a 60-game season is much different.  A 60-game sample  We looked at the division leaders after 60 games last season. The Dodgers were the best of the bunch at 41-19. Here’s a look at the division leaders’ records after 60 games last season:  TeamWLDodgers4119Yankees3822Astros4020Twins4020Brewers3426Braves3327The average record among those teams? Again, we’re looking at 38-22.   Room for variation  Vegas, the full-season numbers and the 60-game sample all seem to agree. A team that wins 38 games should be able to claim its division in a 60-game season.  So, we’ll call 38 the magic number to essentially assure a postseason berth.  You can go a few games up or down to allow for variation, and that’s why that 40-20 vision is important in a 60-game season. Wild card teams can probably get in with 34 wins or fewer, but there are no guarantees in a 60-game format.   Win totals via Odds Shark Team2019 WINS2020 WINSLos Angeles Dodgers10637.5New York Yankees10337.5Houston Astros10735Minnesota Twins10134.5Atlanta Braves9734Tampa Bay Rays9634Washington Nationals9334Oakland Athletics9733.5St. Louis Cardinals9132.5Chicago Cubs8432Cleveland Indians9332Los Angeles Angels7232New York Mets8632Boston Red Sox8431.5Chicago White Sox7231.5Cincinnati Reds7531.5Philadelphia Phillies8131.5Arizona Diamondbacks8531Milwaukee Brewers8931San Diego Padres7031Texas Rangers7829.5Toronto Blue Jays6728Colorado Rockies7127.5Pittsburgh Pirates6925.5San Francisco Giants7725.5Seattle Mariners6825Kansas City Royals5924.5Miami Marlins5724.5Baltimore Orioles5421.5Detroit Tigers4721.5 MLB’s 60-game season should create some wild playoff races within the six divisions. But what’s the magic number to claim a division title? That will be interesting to find out, but teams should have 40-20 vision heading into the season. That is, 40 wins should be more than enough to win a division, while a wild card berth should fall at least several wins below that.Let’s take a closer look at what should be the goal for major league teams in 2020.last_img read more

School Names in Broward May Be Changed Due to Potential Racism

first_imgThe Broward School Board is considering whether to change the names of several schools that could be viewed as racist, including five that are named after the city of Plantation.A discussion, scheduled for a workshop at 10 a.m. this Tuesday, follows an online petition to change the name of the city of Plantation itself.The name derives from the Everglades Plantation Co., which owned some of the fruit and rice fields where the central Broward city is now situated.However, some say it also conjures up images of slave plantations.Officials say the school names could change regardless of whether the city’s name name does.Five district schools contain the city’s name. They are: Plantation High, South Plantation High, Plantation Middle, Plantation Elementary and Plantation Park Elementary.School Board member Rosalind Osgood, who requested the discussion, said that while Plantation is the focus, she is also open to reviewing any school names that have “any racial undertones or any type of connotation that causes hurt for a group of people.”That could incorporate a discussion on whether to change schools’ names with Broward in them.The county was named after Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, who served as Florida’s governor in the early 1900s.He was known for draining the Everglades, although Osgood described him as “the racist governor” due to his segregationist views.A statue of Broward was removed from the county courthouse three years ago.Efforts to change the name of the city of Plantation have gained support in light of protests against racial injustice following the May police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. More than 10,000 people have signed the online petitions.Osgood says the strict district does not have to wait for the city to take action, or to hold public discussions about a potential name change.“We have to lead by example,” she explains. “We can’t march and protest and say we publicly oppose racism and not address policies” that allow racially offensive school names to exist, she said.School Board Chairwoman Donna Korn agrees that the school district’s action can be separate from anything the city of Plantation does.“Every city doesn’t necessarily have a school named after it,” according to Korn. “Regardless of what the city does, we can determine what our community is looking for when it comes to naming schools.”Plantation Mayor Lynn Stoner says the issue of changing the city’s name was mentioned in a recent online town hall, but she has not received a formal petition to change the name.Such a change would need to go before voters in a referendum, and the earliest that could happen would be 2022.Stoner adds that she has received several emails on the subject, and they are running about 10 to 1 against changing the city’s name.Those opposed to the change are telling her the city was named for a company, not a slave plantation.“People see it as a community. They don’t even remotely have that suggestion that it means something different,” she says.The city was formed in 1953, “well after that time” of the old Confederacy, according to the mayor, “But whoever submits a proposal, we’ll be happy to review it and submit to the council for open discussion with the public.”As for changing school names, “no one at the school district has called me or expressed their concern or asked what I think,” Stoner claims.last_img read more

Gordon flunked integrity check for CONCACAF president

first_img WARNER’S INDICTMENT FIFA says Gordon Derrick, the general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, has failed an integrity check and won’t be allowed to run for president of CONCACAF, the sport’s regional governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean. Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, said in a statement yesterday that Derrick had been disqualified, but added that “for privacy reasons, we are not in a position to go into further details.” Derrick also is president of the Caribbean Football Union. In November 2011, FIFA’s ethics committee gave Derrick a reprimand and fined him 300 Swiss francs (then US$328) as part of sanctions announced for “apparent violations” of its ethics code that occurred at a CFU meeting on May 10-11 that year. Football officials were alleged to have been offered or to have received $40,000 cash payments there during Mohamed bin Hammam’s campaign for FIFA president. FIFA did not specify the violation Derrick committed. CONCACAF’s president is automatically a FIFA vice-president and member of FIFA’s ruling executive committee, which is being renamed the FIFA council. The disqualification leaves Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani and Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden as the only candidates. Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, CONCACAF’s president from 1983-2011, was indicted by a US grand jury in New York City last May on charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy and money laundering. He is fighting extradition. He was succeeded by Jeffrey Webb, who headed CONCACAF from 2012 until he was indicted last May. He pleaded guilty November 23 to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy, and agreed to forfeit more than $6.7 million. Alfredo Hawit of Honduras replaced Webb and was indicted in November. He pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and one count each of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct justice. CONCACAF said Luis Hernandez of Cuba and John Krishnadath were running for FIFA council member from the Caribbean, and Pedro Chaluja of Panama was running unopposed for council member for the Caribbean. Sonia Bien-Aime of Turks and Caicos, elected as the Caribbean’s member of the FIFA executive committee last July, is running for CONCACAF’s female member of the new council against Joanne Salazar of Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

300 to be employed under Linden D&I programme

first_imgAt least 300 persons from the Linden community, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are expected to be employed within the next week following the return of the Drainage and Irrigation (D&I) programme to the community. This was confirmed by Deputy Director of Community Development Councils (CDCs), Sandra Adams.Despite several setbacks which caused some delay to the commencement of the programme, Adams said the community would soon benefit from its return. The programme will involve cleaning of drains and de-silting of creeks throughout Linden, among other cleaning exercises.“We had some setbacks, not from the Regional level but from the Ministry of Agriculture. Delay in signing documentations and all of that but I wish to say… people can expect that a number of people across Linden, including up to Three Friends Mines, will be put to work via the Drainage programme, which is the D&I programme… We hope to employ at least 300 people on that programme across Linden,” Adams stated.In providing some clarity, Adams said the Community Infrastructure Improvement Programme (CIIP), which is presently being conducted via the Linden Mayor and Town Council, is a separate clean-up initiative. The CIIP programme recently came into existence after years of the D&I programme.Additionally, Adams disclosed that two new CDC’s were recently formed in the community of Kwakwani; one at the Kwakwani Waterfront and another at Kwakwani Park. She said these new CDCs would also benefit from drainage and irrigation works. Adams further alluded that she had the opportunity to meet with the Kwakwani Neighbourhood Development Council where discussions were held on a number of issues.last_img read more

Old guards providing a new spark

first_imgIn the last three games, Williams has averaged 17 minutes and McKie has averaged 11.7 minutes. With young guards Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic dealing with consistency issues, coach Phil Jackson indicated that he’s likely to give Williams, 31, and McKie, 34, sustained playing time into March. The idea, born out of a six-game losing streak, seems to have given new life to the Lakers’ backcourt. EL SEGUNDO – Aaron McKie and Shammond Williams are back in service. The Lakers dusted them off, inflated their tires and put them back on the road, they way they would an old bike out of the garage. Surprisingly enough, they still run pretty well. McKie and Williams, two veteran guards buried at the end of the Lakers’ bench for much of the season, have provided valuable minutes in recent games. “We had to make some changes, and we didn’t have many (options),” Jackson said. “We had to go with some veterans who know how to play. You know if things come their way, they’re going to shoot.” McKie and Williams have been efficient, if not dynamic. McKie had not taken a shot this season before Friday but is 3 for 3 from the field and has totaled six rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes. Williams is 6 for 11 from the field, for 13 points in 51 minutes and has three steals and four assists. “They’re both getting into game shape and starting to feel the things that come naturally to them,” Jackson said. “They’re going to fill gaps we need and then we will see about getting the young guys back in there. There are 13 or 14 guys on the roster who can contribute for us and we feel good about that.” Injury update center_img Maurice Evans, whose knee swelled after a collision with Utah’s Matt Harpring on Monday, had fluid drained from the knee Wednesday morning and did not practice. Evans, who also did not practice Tuesday, is considered day to day according to a team spokesman. Also uncertain for Friday is the status of Luke Walton, who might return from a sprained ankle. Walton practiced for a second consecutive day and went through a more vigorous 5-on-5 workout. Afterward he reported feeling well and repeated his hope that he will be able to return Friday against Sacramento. “It’s too early to decide but that’s what I’m hoping for,” Walton said. “My legs and lungs feel a lot better. Now I have to get my strength back and my explosion back.” Kwame Brown, also out with a sprained ankle, is not expected to return until next week. Walton wants to play, but even if he feels he can, the decision will be Jackson’s to make. “I don’t know if I’d play him at the level he’s at right now,” Jackson said. “Right now he doesn’t have the power and strength he would like to have, but that can change over the next couple days.” Kobe Bryant, who has had throat and elbow issues this week, went through only a light workout. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsenal scouting 21-year-old international with view to surprising summer offer

first_img1 Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Naby Keita with a view to making a summer offer.The Gunners, who opted against signing an outfield player last summer, are being urged by their fans to splash the cash this year as they aim to keep up with the league’s big spenders.And, according to Austrian outlet Sportnet, Arsenal’s scouts were in attendance for Salzburg’s victory over Mattersburg before the international break to check on the progress of Keita.The Guinea international, 21, joined Salzburg from French club Istres in 2014 and has been a big hit in the Austrian Bundesliga.Considered a box-to-box midfielder, Keita has proven he has potential to score goals from midfield, having already hit double figures this season.Arsenal are expected to continue to scout Keita until the end of the season before deciding whether to make an offer for him. Naby Keita playing for Red Bull Salzburg last_img read more

Are Leicester champions yet? Find out with our live stream from Old Trafford!

first_img1 Leicester are so close to the title and you can find out if they are crowned champions at Old Trafford, live on talkSPORT CLICK HERE FOR A LIVE ONLINE STREAM OF COMMENTARY FROM MANCHESTER UNITED V LEICESTER CITY IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE ON 1 MAY 2016No matter where you are, you can follow Leicester City’s remarkable bid to make English football history, live from Old Trafford, on talkSPORT.In the UK we have exclusive live radio coverage as the Foxes take on Manchester United. Click here for details of how to tune in.And if you’re outside the UK, we can also bring you live coverage from Old Trafford, on talkSPORT.com here or via our Apple app or Android app.Will Leicester get the three points they need to be crowned champions for the first time in their history? Find out, live on talkSPORT!last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Not Terry? Ex-England star names best defender he ever played against

first_imgFormer England striker Dean Ashton has told talkSPORT John Terry was NOT the best defender he ever played against – finding Rio Ferdinand the more fearsome opponent.Terry completed his move to Aston Villa on Monday morning, choosing to drop down to the Championship to link up with Steve Bruce’s side following his departure from Chelsea.The 36-year-old is regarded as one of Chelsea’s and England’s greatest ever footballers, and he left the Blues as their most successful captain ever following his 22-year relationship with the west London club.A world class player on his day, Terry was named UEFA Club Defender of the Year three times, PFA Player of the Year once, and was included in the FIFPro World XI for five consecutive seasons.However, despite all these accolades, Ashton told talkSPORT Manchester United icon Ferdinand was actually the tougher opponent – calling him the best defender he ever played against.Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, Ashton said: “If I had to play one v one against any defender, I would probably prefer to play against John Terry, because he likes the battle, and so did I, and I felt like I was probably stronger than him.“Whereas, Rio Ferdinand is the best defender I have ever played against.“[He was] so clever, so intelligent. Every time I wanted to back into him he wasn’t there, he’d just step in front of me and steal the ball like a Rolls Royce then fizz it out to the full-back.“He didn’t get too involved in aerial challenges when he didn’t need to. [He was] just a very, very clever defender.”last_img read more

GAA: GLENSWILLY CLUB NEWS

first_imgThe monthly club meeting will take place on Monday 14th May at 8.15pm.Can everyone who is using the hall please ensure that it is locked when they are finished using it, All bookings for the hall or clubrooms must be made through Karen McHugh.Operation Fitness continues with a weigh Wednesday at 7pm, circuits on Monday and walk on Saturday morning still time to join if you want to lose weight or get fit! Gym is women only from 7pm to 9pm Monday, Wednesday and fridayPlease see local papers for fixtures for this weekend.GAA: GLENSWILLY CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly GAA Club noteslast_img read more