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Pythagoras Unbound

After winning another series despite being outscored, the D'backs are closing in on an amazing record.  They are now 11.6 wins above where the Pythagorean formula (which really has nothing to do with Pythagoras) says they should be.  Since 1901, only 3 teams have finished the season with a bigger (positive) differential than that: the 1905 Tigers (14.0), the 2004 Yankees (12.2) and the 1984 Mets (11.8).  With 32 games remaining, if they maintain their current pace they will finish with 91 wins. That would put them 14.4 wins above where the formula says they should be.
What I find truly amazing is that this is the 2nd time they've done this in the Melvin era.  In 2005 they finished 11.2 wins above Pythagoras at 77-85 despite being outscored by 160 runs.  That's the most wins ever by a team that was outscored by 100+ runs, to say nothing of 160.  Maybe there is something to this Mad Professor business.

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