Monday, February 16, 2009

NL Playoff Race

. Monday, February 16, 2009

The NL race is one of the tightest in Wright world history as no one is really out of it.
This feels of a restrictor plate race going 4 wide on the final turn. Excitement is going to happen come games 155-162.


National League
North
Toronto leads the pack in a race so potentially close that only 8 games separate the 4 teams.
Everyone is in the race and while Toronto does have the edge in pitching the division might beat each other up so badly.... there's nothing left for the playoff run.

East
Cincinnati holds a eleven game lead over Jacksonville for the division crown.
Barring a severe case of bad luck the Marauders should wrap up the division with 3 potential MVP candidates.

South
Florida is another team with a 11 game division lead in this race.
Currently the #3 seed after a rough beginning to the season. San Antonio sits in the #2 spot but it's not likely they will mount a charge.

West
What can you say about the west? It seems like every team wants the crown and has led at one point. The issue though? Not one team has taken the lead and held it. San Diego looks to reverse this trend and they do own a 7 game lead but former #1 seed has lost 5 straight. St. Louis or Portland could sneak up from behind and steal one. But the fate of the West is in San Diego's hands now.


Wild Card
Now this is where it gets really interesting. You have 6 teams within 5 games of one another. Including 5 teams within 2.
Burlington Coat Factory holds the #1 WC spot at 71-58 and are chasing down Toronto in the north.
Chicago Chargers hold a 3 way tie for the #2 WC spot at 70-59 while a game back of Burlington in both the WC race and #2 spot in the north.
Portland Rainmakers and St. Louis Spirits are the other 2 in the threesome for #2 WC spot.
Both are in the hunt for their division crown so each might damage the other's playoff hopes.
Pittsburgh Outlaws were also a former #1 but have gone just 2-8 in their last 10 games to fall back in the race.
Los Angeles Silver Stars are the dark horse in this race. They could storm back and win their division, make a run and win a WC spot or just hover and make things interesting as they play spoiler.

Predictions
1.Toronto Trail of Tears
2.Florida Villians
3.San Diego Padres
4.Cincinnati Marauders
5Chicago Chargers
6.Portland Rainmakers

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