Sep 23, 2019

MLB on verge of first-ever season with four 100-win teams

The Astros won their third straight AL West title yesterday. Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Dodgers (100-56) won their 100th game of the season yesterday, joining the AL East champion Yankees (102-55) and AL West champion Astros (102-54) as triple-digit victors.

Why it matters: Baseball has never had four 100-win teams in a single season, but the Braves (96-61), Twins (96-60) and Athletics (94-62) could change that.

Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the spectrum, the Royals (57-100) lost their 100th game of the season yesterday, joining the Tigers (46-109), Orioles (51-105) and Marlins (54-101) as triple-digit losers.

  • This is just the second season in MLB history to feature four 100-loss teams — the other being 2002 (Tigers, Brewers, Rays and Royals).

The bottom line: 2019 was the season of the home run — and the year of the haves and have-nots.

P.S. ... In other news, the Cubs just became the second team in the last 100 years to get swept at home in a 4-game series and lose all 4 games by a single run.

  • They're now 4 games back of the surging Brewers for the second wild-card spot and have seen their playoff odds drop from 77% a week ago to 2.6% as of today.

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The ALDS is set to be a home run fest

Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Last season, the Yankees set an MLB record with 267 bombs.

This season: 4 teams broke that record, and 3 of them are in the ALDS: the Twins (307), the 2019 version of the Yankees (306) and the Astros (288).

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The MLB's year in review

Data: Baseball Reference; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The American League featured plenty of boom and bust. The only race that came down to the wire was the wild card, where the Rays and Athletics beat out the Indians.

My awards picks:

  • MVP: Mike Trout, Angels (runner-up: Alex Bregman, Astros)
  • Cy Young: Gerrit Cole, Astros (Justin Verlander, Astros)
  • Rookie of the Year: Yordan Alvarez, Astros (John Means, Orioles)
  • Manager of the Year: Aaron Boone, Yankees (Rocco Baldelli, Twins)
The National LeagueArrowUpdated Sep 30, 2019

A breakdown of tonight's NLDS doubleheader

Bracket: Axios Visuals

On Tuesday, the Nationals became the first D.C. baseball team in 95 years to win a winner-take-all game. And last night, the Rays out-moneyballed the A's in a battle of low payrolls.

What's next: 8 teams now remain, and the divisional round begins tonight with a National League double-header.

Go deeperArrowOct 3, 2019