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Monday, September 12, 2011

Playoff Races - NL

Here are two races to keep an eye on.......

1. NL West Race - Helena/Honolulu/Los Angeles

A 3-way battle for the division title, with the two losers in the lead for both wildcard positions (but not by much)

Records - Honolulu (91-61) 1-up on both Helena and LA (both at 90-62)

Tiebreakers - Helena is up 5-2 on Honolulu and 4-3 on LA. Honolulu is up 7-3 on LA. Helena is 15-9 in the division, Honolulu is 14-10, and LA is 8-16.


Remaining Schedule Strength -
Helena (.502) - 4 vs. Detroit (55-97), 3 vs. LA (90-62), 3 vs. Honolulu (91-61)
Honolulu (.544) - 4 vs. Chicago (90-62), 3 vs. San Fran (63-89), 3 vs. Helena (90-62)
LA - (.531) - 4 vs. Memphis (87-65), 3 vs. Helena (90-62), 3 vs. San Fran (63-89)

The stakes - LA has won the division for 5 straight seasons. Helena has not finished better than 3rd since Season 13. Honolulu has not won the division since Season 15.


2. Wild Card #2 - NL West/Dover/Memphis/Hartford

A full-on scramble for the last 2 spots in the play-offs will likely go to one NL West team, leaving one spot for 4 deserving teams. Since the NL West teams are explored above, let's take a look at Dover, Memphis, and Hartford

Records - Dover (88-64) leads Memphis (87-65) by 1 game and Hartford (85-67) by 3.

Tiebreakers - Dover leads Memphis 8-2 and Hartford 5-2. Memphis leads Hartford 6-4. Dover is 17-7 in the division, Memphis is 16-8, and Hartford is 13-11

Remaining Schedule Strength -
Dover (.550) - 4 vs. Houston (95-57), 3 vs. Hartford (85-67), 3 vs. Buffalo (67-85)
Memphis (.503) - 4 vs. LA (90-62), 3 vs. Montgomery (67-85), 3 vs. Louisville (68-84)
Hartford (.532) - 4 vs. Montgomery (67-85), 3 vs. Dover (88-64), 3 vs. Chicago (92-60)

The stakes -

For Dover, it would be the 1st playoff appearance since season 11 and only the second ever. For Memphis, is would be a 2nd straight appearance for bencap. For Hartford, it would be a return to the palyoffs after a 3 year absence.

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