Sunday, May 01, 2005

April In Da Books...And it's a good read

Peter Gammons has a column out today about the O's. He examines their red hot start and what it may mean for the rest of the season. He then lists how teams various April records have ended out the season since 1976. I said it once and I'll say it again: the games do count...even the ones in April. (By the way, Gammons says the O's have a .708 winning percentage but then lists them here as in the .600-.700 range...I understand rounding but I thought I'd point out that little tidbit).
May 1 winning pct.; teams, made playoffs, pct.
(Teams heading into Sunday)

Over .700; 13, 10, 77%
White Sox

.600-.700; 46, 24, 52%
Cardinals, Orioles, Twins, Marlins, Dodgers

.550-.599; 39, 16, 41%
Braves, D-Backs

.500-.549; 42, 11, 26%
Angels, Red Sox, Nationals, Cubs, A's, Giants, Mariners, Blue Jays, Tigers

.450-.499; 36, 8, 22%
Rangers, Padres, Mets

.400-.44; 36, 2, 6%
Yankees, Phillies, Reds, Astros, Brewers

Under .400; 54, 1, 2%
Indians, Devil Rays, Pirates, Rockies, Royals


At 2:11 PM, Blogger JD said...

yes, these games absolutely count. Remember 1985, I think 85, when we ended up tied at the end of the regular season? 1 more win in April or May would have won the division

At 11:59 AM, Blogger pick said...

For the month of April the O's were 16-7 (.695) and that was what the stats were based on.

Good to see the O's getting some national press. But why are the fans not going to the game. I read that last night's game was the lowest attendance since they moved to Camden. What gives?

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Who knows. There is an underlying resentment towards Angelos but I think that simplifies the problem.

Then again, the team has been rather lack luster for the past couple years. Any new fan base will have to share the "market" with the Nationals new fan base. Before anyone calls that a cop-out, think of it this way: there is one pool of new fans starting the 2005 season composed of both disaffected O's fans and unattached fans. A big chunk of this pool may have been drained at the very beginning of the season leaving the rest to wander up and down the corridor.


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