St. Louis widened its lead by taking 2 of 3 from Pittsburgh to take the NL Central. The Brewers lost 2 of three to Arizona, and Mark Druyos finished the season by being the spoiler…Reid Detmers, a trade acquisition, got the definitive start on the 3rd and the Dbacks won 3-1…Rick Wynne finished with the best record in the league and a personal-best 122 wins, 9 more than his 2019 Dodgers had…his first 100-win season dates to 1994 with the Pirates…the Braves cruised in with a 5-1 record to finish 5 games ahead of the actual club, Making the Dodgers the #1 seed and the Braves #2 and both get byes in the first round…Cardinals are the 3 seed with their division championship. Mets were kind of locked in as the #4 seed with the top wildcard spot but the Brewers get #5, comfortably 6 wins above the last wildcard spot and closer to taking the 4 seed than dropping to 6…the NL wildcard was the read dogfight…Colorado took 2 of 3 from the mighty Dodgers but dropped the last game of the season 8-6 as Gomber got touched up for 6 runs in only 3 innings, and couldn’t take advantage of scoring 4 off of Tyler Anderson…the 3-7 Dodger hitters were 0-20 but the rest were 8-19 and Evan Phillips got the save…that meant the Cubs needed a sweep of the Reds, which they pulled off with 7 innings of 1-run ball from Marcus Stroman and 3 hits from Jeff McNeil, who played the last day of the fantasy season…big congrats to Gordo for making the playoffs, and congrats to Ben for a great season…Ben is finishing his 9th ASFBL campaign and he’s made the playoffs 7 times…last year he had the DBacks in the #1 WOR spot…his best season so far is 2018 when he had 96 wins, also with Arizona…his +18 WOR puts him second in the league this year and tops in the NL, and it’s the 7th time he’s finished in the Top-10 WOR spots…congrats on another great season, Ben! … also just nudged out was Adam Symonds’ Phillies team, who finished with 86 wins and drew the Astros for the final series…Adam has been in the league since 2003 and he’s been in the playoffs 8 times, including a league championship in 2015 with the Mariners…he skippered the team to a 42-34 record in the division and a 24-14 mark in 1-run games…just like the actual Phillies, things got off to a slow start, but he charged down the stretch and came within 1 run of taking 2 of 3 from the Astros and forcing a tie…a really smart guy and a terrific Dad, I’ve really enjoyed staying in touch with Adam through the ASFBL over the years…have a great off-season, Adam!
In the AL, the Yankees swept the really good Ranger team, with Cardinal-transplant Mikolas allowing no runs and pitching into the 8th…I don’t know how I missed this, but the Yankees have a player named Oswald and one named Oswaldo, and they both hit homers in the final game…Baltimore, refusing to die, swept the Jays including a walk-off, 1-0 victory on the last day of the season when the 9-hole hitter Greg Cullen knocked in the only run of the game…that rush wasn’t enough, and the Jays held on by their fingernails to win the AL East crown…the Central has been leading to a photo-finish all year, and the teams did not disappoint…the Twins split the first 2 against the Chisox, and on the last day of the season Leo’s club won a 4-3, extra-inning game to take the series…Cleveland followed the same script against Kansas City, splitting the first 2 games before dropping an 11-10 slugfest in the season finale…KC overcame an 8-1 deficit, which seems less unrealistic given what Seattle is doing in the playoffs…the standings ended where the week starts, with the Guardians squeaking by with a 1-game lead…Houston continued to roll in the West, and Jim Casey’s 102 wins were the most in the AL…the strong Yankee finish gives them the #1 wildcard, and the Twins and Rangers tied at 90 wins to secure the last 2 spots…Texas gets the 5 seed by virtue of having taken the season series 4-3…Texas beat Minnesota on August 22d to break a 3-3 seasonal series tie, in a game that didn’t seem all that important at the time but is massive now…that puts Hugh Brown’s Bosox as the last team out with 87 wins…that was a +5 WOR finish in a division that had 4 of 5 teams with winning records…Hugh has been in the league since 2006 and has put his teams in the top-10 WOR finish six times…this year will make it seven…he won the AL East in 2015 and made it to the divisional round that year, and he’s twice finished with 93 wins (2008 Arizona, 2016 Toronto)…this is his first year back in the AL East after a trip to Colorado…great having you in the league, Hugh, and congrats on another winning season!
The playoff matchups look like this:
NL: Brewers at Mets, Cubs at Cardinals, Braves and Dodgers Bye.
AL: Texas at Yankees, Minnesota at Cleveland, Astros and Jays Bye.
I’ll have the schedule set up by tomorrow, please enter your WCS lineups by Thursday evening and email Leo and I to confirm your lineups are in. I’ll shoot to run the games on Friday, and Saturday latest. Per the rules there is a 2-day break after the end of the season so the games will start on 10-8. The ASFBL wildcard round is 5 games using a 2-2-1 format with off days.
Get your lineups in, and good luck!
FEW FEATS, FAUX FAILURES
Nick Maton (Philadelphia) struck out 4 times (on 10/3/2022 against Houston) Jordan Luplow (Arizona) struck out 4 times (on 10/5/2022 against Milwaukee)