The common saying, “on any given Sunday ,“ suggests that any NFL team, no matter how awful their season play is, could beat even the best team in the league, which due to the American sentiment for underdog success, helps keep us glued to the TV for the most lopsided matches possible (I’m thinking VCU and Kansas). However, last night I was reviewing the records in MLB and I realized that that saying should be expanded to any day of the week, and applied to baseball.
There are two main reasons this statement applies. First, baseball plays more than ten times as many games in a season as football, so naturally their schedules consist of games from every day of the week. Secondly, upsets are even more possible in baseball. The best teams must play their best at all games or risk an embarrassing loss. Six years ago the Yankees were cruising in August to the playoffs with the best record in the American League, but let their guard down at a game in New York and lost 22 to ZERO against the Indians, who didn’t even make the playoffs, in front of one of their biggest crowds all season long (coincidentally that was the same year they unprecedentedly gave up their 3-0 series lead to the Red Sox).
I know the season is early, but let’s look at my team’s division to make a point. The St. Louis Cardinals have the best batting average, best on base average and they are third in slugging percentage and runs in MLB, and they lead their division. The Reds, also a good team, are only half a game back. The Brewers, one game back, the Cubs and Pirates, two games back, and the Astros four. Despite being twenty two games into the season, two of those teams could overtake the Cardinals simply by taking two out of three games in a series with them. Two would take the lead if they swept the Cardinals. Even the Astros, who start a series with them tonight, could bring it within a game if they swept the Cardinals. As a Cardinals fan I hope that doesn’t happen (sorry Jimmy), but I must admit that every game does matter, and judging by the stiff competition, stats and standings so far this season, anything is possible on any given…day.