Today’s Sports Stat: February 17, 2018
How many games must a team win in baseball to reach the playoffs?
Over the past six seasons (since the 2012 season), Major League Baseball has used a playoff format where five teams from each league reach the post-season… three divisional winners and two Wild Card teams.
In the past six years, there have been 76 MLB teams that have won 85 or more games in a season. Of those 76, 60 made the playoffs, 78.9%. That means that 16 teams won 85 or more games in the past six seasons but did not make the playoffs. Topping that list are the Texas Rangers who won 91 games in 2013 but did not make the playoffs.
Last season, the Milwaukee Brewers were the only team to win 85 or more games (they won 86) that did not make the playoffs.
Here’s a look at the 16 teams that missed the post-season since 2012 with 85 or more wins in the regular season that campaign.
2012-Tampa Bay, 90; L.A. Angels, 89; L.A. Dodgers, 86; Chicago White Sox, 85
2013-Texas, 91; Kansas City, 86; Washington, 86; Baltimore, 85; N.Y. Yankees, 85
2014-Seattle, 87; Cleveland, 85
2015-L.A. Angels, 85
2016-Detroit, 86; St. Louis, 86; Seattle, 86
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