Posted at 10:16 AM on October 9, 2006
by Ben Tesch
All the matchups for the league championships are set. The Twins may be out of the hunt, but this year's post-season still looks like a good one. The Cards won last night, so they will face the Mets in the NLCS. With the Tigers dismantling the Yankees, they will face the A's in the ALCS.
Apparently having a mediocre streak at the end of the season worked well this year. As the Elias Sports Bureau mentions, only three teams in major-league history reached the post-season despite losing as many as 28 of their last 50 regular-season games: the 1976 Royals (who lost the ALCS to the Yankees) and the Cardinals and Tigers this season. The Cardinals had the worst record in the NL Central from July 23 to the end of the season (28-37); the Tigers had the worst in the AL Central from Aug. 2 to the end of the season (24-32).