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The NFL season is 16 weeks long. The MLB season is 162 games long. What would happen if you looked at the MLB standings in 10 games increments as if it was a 16 game NFL season? We will post standings reflecting each team in 10 game increments. A team with a 5-5 record counts as a loss because if a team goes .500 during the season in the MLB they will not make the wild card.
I took the liberty of making the weekly score for each MLB team as if it was an NFL team based on the results of their previous 10 games. (10-0 week would equal an NFL blowout 55-0, 5-5 week would be a close loss 13-14)
Week 16 the the end of the MLB season. The standings are a fair representation of the records in reality. The only division that were a bit off were the Central Divisions in both Leagues, The Tigers won the NFL type standings over the Indians but in reality came up short for the division and wild card. The Royals and White Sox are also in opposite spots. The NL Central is wonky after the Cubs. The Cardinals finished in second in reality but in the NFL type standings they barely escaped the basement.
In the AL the Mariners and Tigers had better NFL records than the Orioles but in reality lost that last spot to the Birds in the final days of the season.
In the NL the Mets, Pirates and Giants all finished 7-9 in the NFL type standings. The Pirates were out of the Wild Card hunt early but the Giants barely hung on to beat out the Cardinals.
Overall the NFL type standings were an accurate assessment of the the MLB season if you look at baseball in 10 game increments.
|IF MLB was the NFL|
|Weekly Standings||wk 16|
|AL East||Wins||Losses||Pct.||Last Week Result||last week (Last 10 MLB)|
|AL Central||Wins||Losses||Pct.||Last Week Result||last week (Last 10 MLB)|
|AL West||Wins||Losses||Pct.||Last Week Result||last week (Last 10 MLB)|
|NL East||Wins||Losses||Pct.||Last Week Result||last week (Last 10 MLB)|
|NL Central||Wins||Losses||Pct.||Last Week Result||last week (Last 10 MLB)|
|NL West||Wins||Losses||Pct.||Last Week Result||last week (Last 10 MLB)|