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Sorry Philly! Last night’s win probably screwed you

Sep 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

Fun with statistics with Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly:

Of the 20 teams to win 100 games since 1995, only two have won the World Series: the 2009 Yankees (103-59, beat the Phillies in six games) and the 1998 Yankees (114-48, swept the Padres).

So, yeah, you probably should have let yourself get swept by the Braves and entered the playoffs as a lean and mean 99-win team, not some bloated and doomed-to-failure 100-win fancy-pants.

But hey, your funeral.

  1. Jeff J. Snider - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    But you know what those other teams didn’t have? Ryan Howard.

    • Alex K - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      An MVP’s MVP.

      • 18thstreet - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        Can’t argue with the facts. Ryan Howard has the most RBIs since Lou Gehrig.

    • damnyankee13 - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM


  2. 12strikes - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    I think the better way to look at it is that there is currenly a streak (granted a streak of 1) of 100+ win teams winning the WS.

    • kopy - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      And a coin that has come up heads 5 times in a row has a greater than 50% chance of being tails the next time!

      • kinggeorge96 - Sep 27, 2011 at 6:49 PM


    • kinggeorge96 - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      Well isn’t that wishful thinking!

    • foreverchipper10 - Sep 27, 2011 at 6:00 PM

      Depends how you look at it. The Giants did not win 100+ games last year.

  3. seanmk - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    only problem is that some of the years had multiple 100 win teams, so there could not be a 20 for 20 to start.

    • seanmk - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:18 PM

      plus the article mainly about the best team from the regular season(best record) not always winning the world series

  4. illcomm - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    How about those Braves? What are their chances in the playoffs, wait I meant to get into the playoffs, wait I meant to stay, beat the Phillies, to hold their spot for the playoffs?

  5. leerosenthall - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Aw, Craig, you’re so cute when you try to talk smack! You need a big hug right now, don’t you? #tomachoke

    • sacharisma - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      u mad bro

      • leerosenthall - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:58 PM

        i mad sis

  6. sacharisma - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Crazy theory: Most teams that win 100 do so in bad divisions, and thus aren’t as good as their record indicates.

    Example: 2008 Angels won 100 games. Pythagorean record? 88-74.

    • kopy - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      Possibly, but for what it’s worth, Pythagorean record says the Phillies should have a .630 winning percentage, which would actually be 102.6 wins, a.k.a. 103-59 record.

    • Bill - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      The Pythagorean record isn’t evidence that it’s a bad division, though. If they were beating up on bad teams, their run differential would usually show that, too. That team just wasn’t as good as its record.

      • leokitty - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:42 PM

        Typical Angels voodoo *shakes fist*

  7. mpc824 - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Wow get something real to report. Those stats don’t matter.

    • kinggeorge96 - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      I believe this is Craig’s subtle way of rooting for the Braves… not the standard hardcore reporting we are normally accustomed to here at HBT.

      • kopy - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

        Well they don’t have Doc Gooden on the payroll for only one scoop a day. Tell him to get out there and dig up some more inside information!

    • 18thstreet - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      Yes, “wins” is a deceptive way of looking at things.

  8. gb4ever0811 - Sep 27, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Well, history can always be defied and a team can overcome anything. Can a football team with 16 guys on IR (mostly starters) really win the Super Bowl? Yup. My Packers did it last year.

    I’m a big stats guy, but this one really doesn’t matter. What matters is how they play in the postseason. I think the 8-game losing streak kept the Phils from having the 100-win mentality most 100-win teams may have. They realize they are not invincible.

  9. jazz607 - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Typical hater! I like my chances with Halladay, Lee, Hamels & Oswalt!

  10. Jonny 5 - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    All those other teams didn’t have “SWAG”. Ask J-roll.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 27, 2011 at 6:53 PM

      Phillies in 5, mark your words right?

  11. yankeesgameday - Sep 27, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Orrrr… You should have just been the Yankees.

  12. scottj27 - Sep 27, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Who peed in your cornflakes this morning, Craig?

  13. plezbo - Sep 27, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Oh Calcaterra, how does this end of season melt down feel?

    And at the hands of your hated Phillies, you may be dealt the final blow that ends what could have been a shallow playoff run for the Braves.

    Better luck next year bud.

    Back to writing articles about how much you hate Philadelphia, its fans, its teams, and its food. You are such a four letter word that should never be uttered around the ladies, such a withered, miserable ….

    I’ll hand it to you though, you play the role of Heel well. Maybe its time to hit the gym, hit the roids, and call up Vince McMann about joining the WWE.

  14. ditto65 - Sep 27, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Can I just ask what happened to Bicepts?

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 27, 2011 at 6:22 PM

      You can ask…

      • ditto65 - Sep 27, 2011 at 9:41 PM

        Nobody will tell me?

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 27, 2011 at 11:04 PM

        bit of a joke there. Actually no one really knows, He exiled himself, deleted his wordpress account, yadda yadda. Craig mentioned something to that effect a while back.

  15. Francisco (FC) - Sep 27, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Craig gleefully soaked up the scorn from the internet by the many offended Philly fans. He sat back on his high chair, adjusted his Braves bathrobe and puffed a few bubbles from his pipe. Truthfully, there’s very little correlation in the statistics of a regular season record and post season success, but after a few days of sulking Craig realized he hadn’t posted something to really put the phan’s panties in a wad. They were as easy as ever to bait on the web. Surely this would raise the morale of the flagging Braves fans on HBT. He should have done this during the 8 game slide the Phillies suffered, but of course he was distracted by the Braves slow collapse. He guessed he should thank the Baseball Gods the everyone was focused on the Red Sox and not the team from Atlanta!

    Now he would give a great show of support to his team. The Craig Blimp had sortied a number of hours ago and should be arriving at Turner field this very moment. He activated the display as the portrait above the fireplace recessed into the wall (Perhaps a miracle will allow him to add another portrait this year?). He called Tiffany and her head appeared on a corner of the screen, inset of the larger view his cameras offered of the stadium.

    “Is everything ready Tiffany?”, Craig asked.

    Tiffany wore a concerned expression on her face. “Yes Craig, but don’t you think this is a bit much? I mean the Blimp showing ‘Go Braves’ is great but the music blaring from its speakers over the stadium is sort of an overkill.”

    “Nonsense, Flight of the Valkyries is perfect music for this occasion,” he answered while he picked up his glass filled with his finest bourbon. He took a deep sniff from the glass. “I love the smell of bourbon before game time… it smells like, Victory!”

  16. nightshade420 - Sep 27, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    There is one thing that all those 100 win teams didn’t have and that’s Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. So shut the f up Craig and stop hating

    • Jeff J. Snider - Sep 27, 2011 at 8:08 PM

      AND RYAN HOWARD!!!!!

  17. leftywildcat - Sep 27, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Definitely one of Craig’s most stupid posts of the entire season. With enough other posts like this one, he could make himself irrelevant and ignored.

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