Friday, July 31, 2009

The Home Stretch - National League

The Minnesota Mighty Men have a 17-game lead in the A.L. North led by Dicky Gibson's 14 wins and Bill Hewson 132 RBIs. The rest of the division will by vying for draft position as it appears no one else in the division is in the hunt for a wild card spot.

In one of the tightest races, the Syracuse Sluggers hold a 3-game advantage over the Kansas City Monarchs. Kansas City is also just 2 games out of the 2nd wild card spot. 24-year old Dennys Franco is a strong Cy Young candidate for the Sluggers with his 14-4 record and 2.65 ERA. Erick Hatcher is having another stellar season for the Monarchs, hitting .347 with a 1.027 OPS.

In the closest division race, the Louisville Beaners have a 2-game lead over the Florida Lockdown while the Texas Long Horns have slipped a little bit and are now 8 games off the pace. However, both Florida and Texas currently hold the wild card spots. Even, the 4th place Oklahoma City Power Failure are still in the wild card hunt, just 4 games out of the last spot. At 14-4, Matt Post is the only Beaners pitcher with double-digit wins. Carlos Gonzalez leads the Lockdown with 52 HRs and 147 RBIs. Carlos Aguilera has already posted his 6th straight season with 110+ runs, 110+ RBIs and 45+ HRs.

In the N.L. West, the Vancouver Fighting Skeletons are the only team with playoff aspirations and they currently sit just 1-game behind the Sluggers for the 3rd seed. Vancouver has 3 pitchers with 10 plus wins and ERA's under 4.00 with Al Ramirez leading the trio at 13-5 with a 3.91 ERA.

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