This is not the kind of blog and we are not the kind of people who crunch lots of numbers and tell you exactly what the Indians’ chances are of making it to the playoffs now that they’ve been swept by Detroit and are 9.5 games out with 22 games left to play. Fortunately, the wonderful people at Baseball Prospectus are exactly the kind of people who crunch lots of numbers. According to BP, the Indians have a .1% chance of being in the playoffs. To be more exact, .1% is the percentage of times they would make the playoffs in the simulated season. The folks at coolstandings.com are more optimistic. They give the Indians a .2% chance of making the playoffs.
Statistically speaking, we’re screwed. So you can say turn out the lights, the season is over, let’s wait till next year. And that’s a reasonable point of view, given how high expectations for this team were back in April and May. Barring some miracle win streak, the Indians won’t be making the playoffs this year. That doesn’t mean we have to stop watching. Given how low expectations for this team were in February and March, it’s been a fun season. I will take Bluto’s approach–nothing is over until we decide it is. I’m just not sure what the really futile and stupid gesture might be. Maybe watching the final 22 games of the season and enjoying every one of them, win or lose, because I won’t have any personally meaningful baseball to watch until next February?