Each year SI’s Jay Jaffe helps those weird few of us who love chaos — but who still love planning — to optimize our late September lives. He does so in the form of his Team Entropy reports, which outline for us the ways in which the most massive, un-untangleable ties can occur in the various division and wild card races.
He’s here with his first Team Entropy report today. There’s a lot in there to tackle, but know this much:
For maximum chaos, the sweet spot in the NL is 88 wins. To get there would take the Cardinals going 3-6, the Pirates 6-4, the Brewers 9-0, the Dodgers 1-8 and the Giants 4-6.
If that happens, I’m pretty sure we schedule the start of the division series for the Twelfth of Never and then all go join a cult of some kind.
But that’s OK. It’s OK to introduce a little anarchy. If you upset the established order, everything becomes chaos. Everyone finishing with 88 wins is an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos?