Thursday Numbers

I don’t think the therapist is supposed to say “wow,” that many times in your first session but here we are. –Unknown

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm, humor, and bluntness.

This week’s topics include the Facebook fine, the CNN Democratic debates, unemployment, Bernie Madoff, Greg Gianforte, Steve Daines, Jon Tester, zombie eaters, Trump’s job performance, MLB standings, immigration raid, Robert Mueller, and much more!

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100 Losses

Here we are on Monday and my mind is on Monday Night Football and the Kansas City Chiefs. But we are coming down to the end of the Major League Baseball season and there are a few races worth watching. The National League West is a three-team fight. The American League East is between the Yankees and the Rays and the National League East is a two team race.

MLB has about 142-144 games in the books of the 162 game schedule so there are about 20 games left to play for most teams.

One thing I look at is which teams may lose 100 games and there are a few teams this season who are fighting to keep from triple digit losses. Pittsburgh has lost 94 games. Seattle and Baltimore have lost 88 games each. Arizona has lost 86 and Cleveland has lost 85 and Kansas City has lost 84 games (as of the morning of September 13).

It’s been a long season for these teams, but they won’t beat the 2003 Detroit Tigers. They finished with a record of 43 wins and 119 losses. Not the worst ever, but pretty bad! According to this report, there have been 43 teams that lost 100 games or more since 1973 and the Tigers own five of those seasons. Continue reading