« The Tufte count | Main | Read fast, pay the price »



I'd prefer a step curve, to bring out the integers more strongly.

Michael Janssen

14 makes sense in the context of the rest of the labels, which are 4 games apart each: -2, 2, 6, 10, 14


michael: why leave out 0 and 16?


I prefer to think the 14-games-ahead barrier reflects a 1951 hangover. Recall, the '51 Giants were 13.5 games behind the Dodgers before their historic run. 14 games may still remain, in a New-York-sportswriter reptile brain, the apotheosis of the late-season safe lead.


Those who like this chart may well love this collection of MLB divisional race charts, updated daily: http://erikberg.com/mlb/charts.html. A few tweaks here and there would be welcome (consistent scales, for one), but there's a lot of useful data in a pretty small space. Kudos to Mr. Berg.


In regards to the vertical axis labels and corresponding horizontal rules, they appear to have been placed so as to least interfere with the data, i.e. intersect the data lines in relatively few places. This also appears to be the justification for the discrepancy in horizontal rules for 0 and 16 games ahead, which give an odd, log-like feel to the chart. I wonder what the significance is of the odd horizontal axis labels?

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)


Link to Principal Analytics Prep

See our curriculum, instructors. Apply.
Marketing analytics and data visualization expert. Author and Speaker. Currently at Columbia. See my full bio.

Book Blog

Link to junkcharts

Graphics design by Amanda Lee

The Read

Good Books

Keep in Touch

follow me on Twitter