Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Home Stretch - American League

With about 35 games to go, we take a look at the playoff picture around the leagues.

In the A.L. North, the Scranton Apollos have regained the lead in the division after briefly falling behind the Wichita Wranglers. Jesus Abreu sits at 14-3 for Scranton despite a 4.86 ERA. Wichita is 4 games up on division rival the Detroit Bad Seeds in the Wild Card race as the division attempts to return 3 teams to the playoffs like they've done multiple times in the league's history.

The Norfolk Tobacco Farmers are cruising to a 2nd straight division title in the A.L. East. Mark Parker leads the T-Farmers with 13 wins and a 3.01 ERA. The Buffalo Blizzard postseason hopes are fading having won just 5 of their last 15. The Blizzard are now 4 games out of the 2nd wild card spot.

The Jacksonville Seminoles have pretty much sewn up the A.L. South and are destined to be the #4 seed in the A.L Playoffs as they are well behind the other 3 division leaders in the playoff race. While Vance Collier is getting all the accolades for his 15-3 record, Ahmed Sanford has been virtually untouchable at 10-2 with a .89 WHIP and 2.43 ERA.

In the A.L. West, the Colorado Springs Mile High Marines have a comfortable division lead, leaving both the Portland Poltergeists and Salem Oles to battle for a wild card spot. Portland is just 1 game out and Salem is only 3 back of the last wild card spot. Colorado Springs is getting another monster season out of reigning A.L. MVP Alfredo Valentin.

1 comment:

  1. Why the fuck is Esteban Tejada on Richmond's AAA team? Seriously, he can't gain an arbitration year, looks like a tanking situation.