Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman made an observation Thursday:
payroll rankings of playoff teams: 1, 3, 10, 11, 13, 16, 24, 29. so not in are 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. #moneyball
This is as good a time as any to note that I dig his lower-case style. At any rate, that is a pretty fun set of numbers. That a couple of teams reach the playoffs with low payrolls does not surprise us in the year 2011, but the rankings of teams that missed out is sort of staggering.
A couple of those misses are near-misses, such as the No. 2 Red Sox, whose story you already know, and the No. 8 Giants, the defending world champions who missed out on a wild-card spot by a handful of games. But, y'all, let's also consider the No. 5 White Sox, No. 6 Cubs, No. 7 Mets, No. 9 Twins... these teams ranged from subpar to terrible.