propelling the team to the cusp of a postseason berth [baseball]

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'He helped the Pirates continue to play great baseball into late September, propelling them to the cusp of a postseason berth.'

Does 'propelling them to the cusp of a postseason berth' mean help them secure victory in the postseason or or just help them obtain a postseason berth that puts the team at an advantage?

  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    It doesn't mean either of those things. A cusp is the point where there is s change of state - here it means the point between having a post-season berth (that is, reaching the play-offs), or not having one. He took them to a point where they had the possibility of reaching the play-offs.
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