99 and a half just won’t do

100 wins may be necessary to take the AL East this season. A great R & B song by Wilson Pickett NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON’T DO) (written by Wilson Pickett / Steve Cropper /Eddie Floyd) included these lyrics

Ninety-nine and a half just won’t do. Oh, no, no, just won’t get it.

Got to have a hundred.

This is the time of the year where I take a look at what it will take teams to reach that magic 100 win mark, most times ensuring postseason play and always a mark of excellence. It also gives you a clearer understanding of the extent of the difference between the top and bottom teams.

To win 100

AL EAST W L Last 100 win season
NY Yankees 25 16 The Yankees won 103 games last season
Tampa Bay 26 15 Have never won 100 games
Boston 31 9 The BoSox won 104 games in 1946
Toronto 37 5 Have never won 100 games
Baltimore The Orioles won 100 games in 1980
AL CENTRAL W L Last 100 win season
Minnesota 30 11 The Twins won 102 games in 1965
Chicago Sox 34 7 The ChiSox won 100 games in 1917
Detroit The Tigers won 104 games in 1984
Kansas City The Royals won 102 games in 1977
Cleveland The Indians won 100 games in 1995
AL WEST W L Last 100 win season
Texas 33 9 Have never won 100 games
LA Angels 39 1 The Angels won 100 games in 2008
Oakland 40 2 The Athletics won 103 games in 2002
Seattle The Mariners won 116 games in 2001
NL EAST W L Last 100 win season
Atlanta 29 12 The Braves won 101 games in 2003
Philadelphia 32 10 The Phils won 101 games in 1977
Florida 40 2 Have never won 100 games
NY Mets 40 1 The Mets won 100 games in 1988
Washington Have never won 100 games
CENTRAL W L Last 100 win season
Cincinnati 30 11 The Phils won 102 games in 1976
St. Louis 35 9 The Mets won 100 games in 2005
Milwaukee Have never won 100 games
Houston The Astros won 102 games in 1998
Chicago Cubs The Cubs won 100 games in 1935
Pittsburgh The Pirates won 110 games in 1909
WEST W L Last 100 win season
San Diego 27 15 Have never won 100 games
San Francisco 32 8 The Giants won 100 games in 2003
Colorado 38 4 Have never won 100 games
LA Dodgers 38 2 The Dodgers won 102 games in 1984
Arizona The D-Backs won 100 games in 1999

Hitting the 95-win mark usually is good enough to reach the postseason

AL EAST W L Last time reaching the postseason
NY Yankees 20 21 2009
Tampa Bay 21 20 2008
Boston 26 14 2009
Toronto 32 10 1993
Baltimore 1997
AL CENTRAL W L Last time reaching the postseason
Minnesota 25 16 2009
Chicago Sox 29 12 2008
Detroit 37 4 2006
Kansas City 1985
Cleveland 2007
AL WEST W L Last time reaching the postseason
Texas 28 14 1999
LA Angels 34 6 2009
Oakland 35 7 2006
Seattle 2001
NL EAST W L Last time reaching the postseason
Atlanta 24 17 2005
Philadelphia 27 15 2009
Florida 35 7 2003
NY Mets 35 6 2006
Washington 1981 (Montreal Expos)
NL CENTRAL W L Last time reaching the postseason
Cincinnati 25 16 1995
St. Louis 30 14 2009
Milwaukee 38 3 2008
Houston 42 0 2005
Chicago Cubs 2008
Pittsburgh 1992
NL WEST W L Last time reaching the postseason
San Diego 22 20 2006
San Francisco 27 13 2003
Colorado 33 9 2009
LA Dodgers 33 7 2009
Arizona 2007

The ultimate in successful mediocrity is to finish at .500

AL EAST W L
NY Yankees 6 35
Tampa Bay 7 34
Boston 12 28
Toronto 18 24
Baltimore 38 2
AL CENTRAL W L
Minnesota 11 30
Chicago Sox 15 26
Detroit 23 18
Kansas City 30 11
Cleveland 31 10
AL WEST W L
Texas 14 28
LA Angels 20 20
Oakland 21 21
Seattle 23 8
NL EAST W L
Atlanta 10 31
Philadelphia 13 19
Florida 21 21
NY Mets 21 20
Washington 29 12
NL CENTRAL W L
Cincinnati 11 30
St. Louis 16 28
Milwaukee 24 17
Houston 28 14
Chicago Cubs 31 9
Pittsburgh 41 0
NL WEST W L
San Diego 8 34
San Francisco 13 27
Colorado 19 23
LA Dodgers 19 21
Arizona 34 6

Happy birthday

To George Mitchell, former Senate majority leader, former Director for the Red Sox and the Marlins, author of the Mitchell Report, and currently, Special Envoy to the Middle East, who turns 77 today and hopes to receive an autographed Roger Clemens indictment as a birthday present.

Here is the Wicked Wilson Pickett

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