# Thread: It's a modern miracle this team is mathematically IN it at all?

1. ## It's a modern miracle this team is mathematically IN it at all?

How amazing? Forget the fact that the Reds are ONE UNDER .500, forget the fact that they were declared dead. But get this - The Reds run differntial is 731 run scored and 781 runs given UP!!! They are FIFTY runs below their opponents on the year! And earlier this year I heard no team has made the playoffs with a NEGATIVE run differential! Not only try negative .. but 50 under!

3. ## Re: It's a modern miracle this team is mathematically IN it at all?

If a miracle happened and they made the playoffs you sure won't find me apologizing for it. I'll just be rooting for them like crazy EVERY game they play!!

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Originally Posted by GOREDSGO32
How amazing? Forget the fact that the Reds are ONE UNDER .500, forget the fact that they were declared dead. But get this - The Reds run differntial is 731 run scored and 781 runs given UP!!! They are FIFTY runs below their opponents on the year! And earlier this year I heard no team has made the playoffs with a NEGATIVE run differential! Not only try negative .. but 50 under!
And we are just one of four teams still in it for a division title - Astros, Reds, Dodgers, and Twins. Not too shabby for a team picked to finish last or near thereto. We are also one of only three teams still not eliminated in the Wild Card race (us, Astros, and Phillies). In the Wild Card, our Eliminiation Number is 1 and the Astros is 2.

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This team reminds me of the 2003 Bengals. So close, but still with a few holes to fill before they become a serious contender. They're an improvement over previous years and if they somehow manage to get a few of those missing pieces in place they could be something special in a couple years. I hope I'm right. I'm certainly more optimistic than I was a year ago.

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You can thank the Cardinals for this "modern miracle"

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Originally Posted by BamaRed
You can thank the Cardinals for this "modern miracle"

True, but the Reds have won games lately to make up ground.

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Originally Posted by EKURed
True, but the Reds have won games lately to make up ground.

True, you can't make up games unless YOU win.

9. ## Re: It's a modern miracle this team is mathematically IN it at all?

Well, of course I'm rooting for them, but they aren't exactly "hot." They're 5-5 over the last 10.

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Originally Posted by terminator
Well, of course I'm rooting for them, but they aren't exactly "hot." They're 5-5 over the last 10.
Of course, that's hotter than 0-7.

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Originally Posted by redsmetz
Of course, that's hotter than 0-7.
I can imagine that the Houston Astros forum is also going crazy right now.

12. ## Re: It's a modern miracle this team is mathematically IN it at all?

Originally Posted by BamaRed
You can thank the Cardinals for this "modern miracle"
And the Cardinals can thank the Reds for the West Coast disaster, it all has a way of evening out.

13. ## Re: It's a modern miracle this team is mathematically IN it at all?

It's ludicrous for a sub-.500 team to be in contention for a playoff spot. It doesn't feel right at all.

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I believe 5 teams in the history of baseball have made the playoffs with a negative run differential and one, the 1987 Minnesota Twins, has won it all.

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Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
It's ludicrous for a sub-.500 team to be in contention for a playoff spot. It doesn't feel right at all.
It just seems so strange that whoever wins the division will likely do it with a record that wouldn't give them 2nd place in ANY other division. And would put them in 4th place in a couple of them, maybe even all 3 AL divisions.

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The Cardinals may tie a record tonight. The record for a losing streak in September by a first place team is 8. In 1995 the Angels were in first lost 8 in a row and it knocked them out of the playoffs. The 1980 Royals also lost 8 in a row but that was after they had clinched a playoff spot.

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