Doing the Math - 60/60/42

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

That wise baseball sage Tommy Lasorda is said to have once said, "No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are, you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference."

Over the years, that's been changed a bit; the newer version of that is every team will win 60 games and every team will lose 60 games. It's what you do with the remaining 42 games that defines your season.

Take a look at the standings.

MLB Standings 9-21-16

For 2016 there would appear to be two exceptions to the rule - the Cubs may not lose 60 and the Twins might not win 60 - but both will be very close.

So given the 60/60/42 rule, of those 42 games, the Red Sox so far are 27-4 with 11 games remaining on their schedule. So here's the question - and I'm looking at YOU, #FireFarrell people - if you accept that the Red Sox were going to lose 60 right from the start, 27-4 strikes me as pretty damn good.

And you STILL want the man fired?

John Farrell may indeed make some questionable in-game moves - show me a manager who doesn't - but the micro-managing of his every move (or non-move) is more than a little amusing sometimes.

Your team is on a pace to win 93 games. Enjoy this, Red Sox fans.

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