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Mets and Yanks History With the 2nd Wild Card



By Mike Silva ~ November 18th, 2011. Filed under: Morning Digest.

Bud Selig announced yesterday that MLB has added a second Wild Card team that he hopes will be in effect for the 2012 season. I am all for this as I believe it will engage more cities later in the season. It will also give meaning to winning a division championship, which has largely been lost since the inception of the Wild Card in 1994.

I looked at how this rule impacted the recent history of both local teams. Since there were only two divisions prior to ’94, I took the two division winners and two teams with the next best record.

The Yankees would have made the playoffs every year since 1993. In the 80s they would have made it in 1980-1981 and 1983-1986.

The Mets would have made it every year from 1984-1990.  They also would have been in the postseason in 1997, 1999-2000, and 2007-2008.

Want to go one step further? Taking a look at the standings from the 70s, the Mets wouldn’t have made it outside of the 1973 season, but they would have been more legitimate contenders when they won 86 games in 1976. The Yankees would have made it in 1970, 1974, and 1976-1978.

There would have been an interesting scenario in the ’97 NL standings, as the Marlins won the Wild Card with 92 wins, but the Mets and Dodgers both were 88-74. I didn’t see the rules for a tiebreaker, but its possible the Mets would first have to participate in a play-in game then, if they advanced, take on the Fish.

This past season we would have been robbed of that final day of great baseball where games between the Braves, Cardinals, Rays, and Red Sox all mattered, but it just would have filtered into a great play-in game for those teams.

Imagine how “wild” the jockeying might get the last week of the season?

I do think they are going to need to evaluate the trade deadline, as there might still be many teams “in-contention” on July 31st. Why not make it August 15th? You can then do two weeks of waivers after that.

Better yet, forget the waivers and make the deadline August 31st.

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6 Responses to Mets and Yanks History With the 2nd Wild Card

  1. Jonathan

    You’re wrong about 2007 – the two wild cards would have been the Rockies and Padres, who played a one-game playoff anyway!

  2. Mike Silva

    I looked at the ’07 WC this way:

    WC 1: Tie between Col and SD (89 wins)

    WC 2: NYM 88 wins

    I am not sure if there would be a tiebreaker, then the loser play the Mets for the final spot. Probably not, but that is the way I looked at it

  3. Russ Cress

    Am I the only one surprised to learn that the ’76 Mets won 86 games?

  4. Patrick

    If the Pads and Rockies had to play a one game playoff in 2007 to determine the wild card winner, why would they have to play one to determine if they played a team with less wins?

  5. Stu B

    @Russ: Why would you be surprised? We’ve known that the Mets went 86-76 in 1976 for about 35 years.

    @Patrick: *fewer wins.

  6. Billy

    Mets were in the Worlds Series in 2000, do you homework meat…..

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