In case you’ve been too preoccupied with Anderson Cooper in a wet t-shirt to keep up with current events, here are the up-to-date baseball standings.
Baseball Prospectus now estimates the Reds chances of making the playoffs at 100% and winning the NL Central at nearly 91%. [Hat tip to Joel Rollins, a friend and Cardinals fan, who sent me the link to the this today.]
Coolstandings is slightly less optimistic, putting the odds at 99% and 90% respectively.
I’m not saying I necessarily agree with these estimates, but it does give me warm and fuzzy feelings to read them.
Take this as your first official primer for the postseason: postseason schedule, postseason pairing explanation, detailed schedule commentary by Jayson Stark (ESPN), and number crunching on the home field advantage by Jay Jaffe (SI).