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"Getting to 31-9 is a separator. Of the 12 teams to start the season playing .775 ball or better through 40 games, seven won the World Series, including the ’84 Tigers and ’98 Yankees. That 58% hit rate drops to 33% for the 30-10 teams and 28% for the 29-11 teams. This is trivia more than anything else -- there’s no meaningful difference in those three records -- but the gap is wide enough that you can see some signal there if you want."