Washington swept their way in the NL east title, taking down Miami and the Mets to go 6-0 and clinch the division…Miami took 2 of 3 from Philly but the 3 losses to the Nats were too much to overcome…Andy can thank the Pirates for taking 3 of 4 from the Braves, and Philly for taking 2 of 3…although, even a perfect week wouldn’t have gained ground for the Bravos.
Pittsburgh made a game run of it to make a pennant chase in the central, but the Reds cruised to a 4-2 record by sweeping the Pirates and taking 1 from Milwaukee to cinch the division…
Colorado held off the Dodgers in the west, sweeping San Diego and taking 1 of 2 from the Dodgers….a sweep would have given the Dodgers the division…
Special congrats to the Cubs, who went 4-2 and finished +4 WOR…Arizona couldn’t climb out of the bottom of the west but was a very impressive +9 WOR….Philly finished +6 over a disappointing actual club…and you’ve gotta feel for Rick Wynne, who has made the playoffs every year since 2000, and couldn’t sneak in this year despite his +5 WOR….great season to all!
Next up: Miami hosts the Dodgers in the wild card round! Details below….and that’s 3 Leckie’s in the playoffs, if you’re scoring at home…
Boston was the only AL East team with a winning record, and by taking 2 of 3 from the Yankees they solidified the Baltimore hold on the division lead…the Yanks picked up a game but fell 2 short…congrats to Mark Chen, who’s back in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and has stuck with his Orioles through thick and thin….and great runs by Blue Jays and Yankees to make it a very entertaining race.
The AL central has been a war all year, but the Tigers pulled away with a 3-game sweep of the Chisox in the last week…Gordon finishes with the best record in the ASFBL….Cleveland really finished hot and tied for the best record in the league…and, ahem, the Indians have dusted my Mets since I stated my seasonal goal was to crawl out of dead last and pass Skrovan….Minnesota finished with an impressive 5-2 record, and split with the Tigers
Seattle couldn’t be caught in the west, and took 2 of 3 from the Angels in the last series of the year…you gotta feel for Oakland; Weerts finished +4 WOR but couldn’t push into the playoffs in a brutal division….his 92 wins would have been enough to win any division in the NL….
Special congrats to Scott Treffer, who turned a miserable Texas season into a +6 WOR, and who’s split with Oakland the last week made a difference in a very competitive wildcard race…Tony Bernacchi took a lousy Boston club and finished in plus-WOR territory…
Anaheim hosts the Chisox in the wildcard round.
PLAYOFF RULES AND NOTES
The playoff schedule is posted, and is most easily viewable from the “change rotation” link; if you are in the wildcard round, please enter your lineups by noon on Friday and we’ll announce the results on Saturday.
The playoff rules are posted under rules tab, but I’m re-pasting them here just to be sure:
“Real-life playoff stats do not count.
ASFBL statistics will continue to accumulate through the playoffs. There will be a 2-day break between the last game of the regular season and the start of the playoffs.
There will be 2 wildcard spots in each league. The wildcard round will be 5 games and follow a 2-2-1 format with off days in between. All other rounds are 7 games following a 2-2-1-1-1 format with off days in between.
Regular season statistics will NOT be cleared and will continue to accumulate, with the exception of the over-use factors, which will be frozen at their final regular season figures. For example, a pitcher over-used at 145% on the last day of the regular season will have an over-use factor of 145% for all of the playoff games, but all other statistics will continue to accumulate.
A three man rotation may be used in the playoffs. There will be a fatigue adjustment for playing on three days’ rest.
For the World Series (and Interleague Play), the real life home and away designated hitter rule will apply. Owners whose teams are in the World Series will call in two lineups: one with and one without a designated hitter.”
Do note that pitcher fatigue will face a running calendar, so your rotation will need to account for the end of the season, and teams clinching early will have extra days to rest.
FEATS AND FAILURES:
Felix Hernandez of SEA had 12 strikeouts against TOR on 9/23/2014
Brad Miller of SEA struck out 4 times against TOR on 9/23/2014
Matt Kemp of WAS had 6 RBI against NYM on 9/23/2014
Drew Pomeranz of OAK had 10 strikeouts against LAA on 9/23/2014
J.A. Happ of NYY had 10 strikeouts against BAL on 9/23/2014
Marcus Stroman of TOR had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 9/24/2014
Starling Marte of PIT struck out 4 times against ATL on 9/24/2014
Alex Cobb of TBR had 11 strikeouts against BOS on 9/25/2014
Whit Merrifield of KCR had 5 hits against CWS on 9/26/2014
Kris Bryant of SFG struck out 4 times against SDP on 9/26/2014
Jose Reyes of SFG struck out 4 times against SDP on 9/26/2014
Jhonny Peralta of STL struck out 4 times against ARI on 9/27/2014
Carlos Carrasco of CLE had 10 strikeouts against TBR on 9/27/2014
Cory Rasmus of LAA had 11 strikeouts against SEA on 9/28/2014
Dallas Keuchel of HOU had 13 strikeouts against NYM on 9/28/2014
Drew Stubbs of COL struck out 4 times against LAD on 9/28/2014
Salvador Perez of KCR had 6 hits against CWS on 9/28/2014
Brandon McCarthy of ARI had 10 strikeouts against STL on 9/28/2014
Jake Arrieta of CHC had 11 strikeouts against MIL on 9/28/2014