Twenty-six lineups submitted this week, which is great for the last week of the season! And although I forgot to mention it last time around, there were like 40 players waived the first week of league-wide free waivers, so it looks like a lot of us had some player moves we’d saved up.
WINS OVER REALITY
The top spots for the non-playoff qualifying teams are:
- San Diego +16
- Miami +14
- Texas +10
- Kansas City, Seattle +9
- Colorado +5
- Baltimore +4
- Cincinnati +1
More on the Padres below, but these are great seasons for Rob Perkins, Ben Brockreide, Leo Leckie, and Adam Symonds. Hugh Brown, Mark Chen, and Raphael Malveaux can be proud of playing a weak hand better than the actual clubs could. Great season, guys!
The Dodgers finished in historic territory with 113 wins, the 3rd-best finish in ASFBL history. #1 is the 1998 Yankees (124 wins) and #2 is the 2001 Blue Jays (116 wins), so this might be one of the better “modern” ASFBL records. Rick eeked past the 2005 Yankees and 2015 Giants (his own team), each of which has 112 wins.
Wildcard: The Padres needed a big week and for the DBacks to stumble; the DBacks needed a big week and the Nationals to stumble. Everyone finished around .500, and so the Nationals will host the DBacks in the NLWCS. There’s no doubt that Al Benedek had a great season, finishing +16 WOR (tops in the NL) and getting a mid-range team to within a week of the playoffs. The Padres dropped 2 of 3 to the Dodgers, a tough draw on the last week of the season, and actually took 2 of 3 from the Diamondbacks in the last week to go down fighting. Big congrats to Al on a great season. Washington hosts Arizona in the wildcard. In ASFBL time, those games will start on 10/2 and we’ll ask the teams to submit lineups by Saturday (10/5); it may take us a day or two for the AL parallax to sort itself out. I will email updates as the wildcard results trickle in.
The Braves and Cubs ended in a dead tie with 99 wins each; Atlanta hosts Chicago on the strength of the head-to-head tiebreaker. Will email an update on lineup deadlines.
Boston cruised to the best record and finished strong at 5-2…which they needed, since the Rays finished with the second-best record in the league and were 4-2…The Bosox also had the league-best WOR at +18…The Yankees wouldn’t go away and finished with 94 wins and won 24 of their last 30…Minnesota took matters into their own hands and took the AL central on the strength of a 4-2 week…which they also needed, since Cleveland roared across the finish line a 5-1…that 4-2 week also put them a game upon Houston and made them the hosts of the ALDS…Houston limped in at 2-4 as Oakland picked up 3.5 games on the week at 5-1, but came 1 game short of the Astros…Houston can thank the Mariners, who handed the Athletics their sole loss on the week and hence sealed the division for Houston…that game was a bullpen effort with the Mariners getting 5 innings of 1-run ball out of their bullpen. Boston hosts the wildcard and Minnesota hosts Houston when the DCS starts (lineup deadlines TBD).
There is wildcard chaos. The Rays took the top spot with 97 wins, and there is a 3-way tie between the Yankees, Indians, and Athletics with 94 wins.
Now this happens:
“Tied teams are designated as A, B, C, and D. Choice for one of these designations is first given to the team winning the tie-breakers (listed below).”
The #1 tiebreaker is head-to-head competition. Those series played out like this: Cleveland beats the Yankees 5-2, the Yankees beat Oakland 4-2, Oakland ties Cleveland 3-3. Thus, the series records are #1 Cleveland (1-0-1, 8-5 overall), #2 New York (1-1-0, 6-7 overall), #3 Oakland (0-1-1, 5-7 overall).
In our scenario: “After Clubs have been assigned their A, B and C designations, Club A would host Club B. The winner of the game would then host Club C to determine the Wild Card Club.”
That means Steve Skrovan will get to select whether he wants to be “A” or “C.” If he’s “C” then the other two play game 1 and Cleveland is the visitor on day 2. If he takes “A” then he has home field on game 1 and, if he wins, he hosts game 2. If he takes “B” we declare him legally insane and give his wife power of attorney and let her decide.
Mark Yee then chooses whether to be team “B” (the visitor on game 1 but the host on game 2 if he wins) or team “C” (the visiting team on game 2 and a bye on day 1).
I’ll ask Steve and Mark to get me their selections by tomorrow night (10/3) and we can set the lineups and play the games on Friday (10/4). If we can all stay in touch, that will let the regular 5-game wildcard series lineups to come in Saturday (10/5).
In ASFBL time, those games will be played on 9/30 and 10/1; then starting on 10/2 the Rays will host the winner of the 3-team playoff for the second wild card.