These teams “stunk” last year, but a 28-year postseason trend may help them this year.
What if I told you that over the course of the past 17 years and 27 of the last 28 years of the wild-card era, there has been a pattern when it comes to selecting postseason teams?
You wouldn’t make the typical error at this time of year of choosing only winning teams from the previous season to fill your playoff bracket.
Since 1995, every postseason has featured at least one team that improved from a losing record the previous season—usually more—with the exception of 2005.
There have been 64 teams, or 2.3 surprise teams annually, that have accomplished this turnaround in 28 seasons. The Guardians (turning around from 80-82), Mets (77-85), and Padres continued the trend last year. (79–83).
You can relax knowing that not all of the current season’s top 12 teams will advance to the postseason. A couple of the bad teams from last year are making the playoffs.