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The Playoff Seat Cushion
2004-07-28 10:59
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

I've added a little reference tool on the sidebar: The Playoff Seat Cushion. This tells you how much of a cushion the Dodgers have in the standings before they would miss the 2004 playoffs entirely.

For example, as of this morning, we have:

NL West leader: Los Angeles (58-41)
NL West Runner-Up: San Diego (55-45, 3 1/2 games back)
NL Wild Card Runner-Up: San Francisco (56-46, 3 1/2 games back)

The Playoff Seat Cushion is the number of games it would take for the Dodgers to fall behind both the NL West Runner-Up and the NL Wild Card Runner-Up. By coincidence, there is a virtual tie for the wild-card lead today, so the cushion is 3 1/2 games.

For The Playoff Seat Cushion, I am counting a playoff tiebreaker as a playoff game. Losing 3 1/2 games in the standings would not necessarily keep the Dodgers out of the playoffs, but 4 games would.

Should the Dodgers fall behind, The Playoff Seat Cushion will be renamed The Deflated Playoff Seat Cushion.

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