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Oh and i should add under .500 as well as being 6 games back with multiple teams ahead of you.
Cool though technically the Tigers were 5 games back with 100 games to go and Houston was at .500 with 100 games to go.
How many teams have come from 10+ back to take a division? '51 Giants, '78 Yankees. And?
That is like asking which Molina brother is the fastest.
So about 6 or 7 teams over the last 17 seasons that sort of fit the criteria we find ourselves in at this moment ended up making the playoffs . . . out of how many teams? 100? 150? And how many division leaders that they were behind had a .565 winning percentage or better like the worst division leader does this year at this point?
Even if it is only 6 teams a year that is about 100 teams and if you only look at perceived good teams then you're talking about 3 to 5 teams that came back and got into the playoffs. You're still talking about extreme long shots here. Take it down to 4 teams a year and you're talking about 70 teams with 3 to 5 making it, again still a long shot.
2005 Yankees were in 4th place with a 30-32 record 6.5 games back and won the division.
Even if the A's aren't the best team in the AL West there is still the Rangers and the Angels are still 10 games back. For the Angels to get to 88 wins and get a slot they have to go 61-39 from here on out while the Rangers have to go 51-50, the Yanks 51-49, so on and so on for the 8 non division leaders ahead of the Angels right now.
I'm surprised that no one mentioned the 1914 Miracle Braves.
I didn't want to go back that far, but since you did, there's also the 1942 Cardinals, who incredibly were once 10 back with a 62-39 record. They then had one of history's great hot streaks and went 43-9 the rest of the way.
'93 Braves (9 1/2 back)
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