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Could the Blue Jays be playing meaningful September games? With the wild-card addition to each league it's certainly possible.
More meaningful games in September would be huge for teams across the country. Since the wild card was introduced (outside of a shortened 1995 season), there have only been three wild card winners with under 90 wins. Those teams were the 2005 Astros (89-73), 2006 Dodgers (88-74) and 1996 Orioles (88-74).
There was even a 100-win team—the 2001 Oakland Athletics—that won 102 games. Yes, I said 102. A majority of wild-card teams win 91.5 games on average in the National League, and 94.68 on average in the American League.
The National League number in the last five years has stayed steady around the 90-92 win mark, and in the American League you typically need 94+ wins. In 2011, the 91-win Tampa Bay Rays had the lowest win-total for an AL wild card winner since 2000, when the Seattle Mariners also had 91—the only team lower, the 1996 Orioles.
Through recent history there have been many 88+ win teams to miss out on the playoffs, and even nine 90+ win teams miss the playoffs. The best team to not make the playoffs? A tie between the 2002 Red Sox & Mariners, 2003 Mariners, and 2005 Indians. All finished with 93 wins in each of those seasons. Ironically enough, they were all American League squads.
The 2002 season saw a high of three 90+ win teams not make the playoffs—the aforementioned Red Sox & Mariners as well as 92-win Dodgers, who finished third in their division.
Add the wild card slot and you'll see some increased competition as well as more deserving teams in the playoffs. Still, don't make this like the NBA or even NHL when you play 82 games to eliminate only about half the league—which takes me directly to my next slide.