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Tracking tigers

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This chart is fantastic work from Amanda Cox and Joe Ward at NYT.  It tracked the baseball Tigers' season, showing how they peaked in early August (with a 10 games lead) and limped into the playoffs, five days after losing the division title.  That slide, beginning in mid-September, set them back 4.5 months.  (It would help to label the 5 games behind the leader line.)

The shading to show which team(s) were chasing them is a stroke of genius.

Further, the dot plots on the right very cleanly brings out their advantage in pitching.  The hitting numbers are mixed.

The following chart is for the Cardinals:

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Reference: "World Series Preview", New York Times, Oct 21 2006.

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