Saturday, June 4, 2016

Season 37 Power Rankings - Playoff Push Edition

Wichita Rocks
 Current: 1  Last: 2

In the driver's seat for the #1 seed in the tough AL.

Honolulu Jackwagons
 Current: 2  Last: 3

Division is in the bag.  Has a series against each of the AL North playoff hopefuls, which could have first round bye implications.

Burlington Bookworms
Current: 3  Last: 5

Has a slim lead for the division, but trails against both Scranton and Montreal in head to head tiebreaker, with a series against each left on the schedule.

Detroit Chippewas
 Current: 4  Last: 1

Not at the point that they need to look over their shoulders at surging Cincinnati for the division.  The NL's top team has a five game lead for one of the byes with several series left against tough opponents.

Los Angeles Colemans
  Current: 5  Last: 4

Should be a fierce battle with Tacoma for the division and a possible bye.  Holds a slim edge in the head to head tiebreaker. 

Iowa City Johnsons
  Current: 6  Last: 6

Hearing Richmond footsteps prompts the acquisition of ace Perry Gonzalez.  Has a 4-3 tiebreaker advantage with a series left. 

Scranton Rail Riders
Current: 7  Last: 7

Has slight advantage over Burlington, and a slight disadvantage against Montreal in head to head  Swept Santa Fe earlier in the season and there are seven big games left between the wild card hopefuls.

Santa Fe Brooks
Current: 8  Last: 8

Unlikely to catch Wichita for the division, but has a 5-2 head to head advantage over Montreal in the wild card battle with a series left.  Has the aforementioned seven games left against Scranton, but is in an 0-3 hole.

Richmond Confederates
Current: 9  Last: 10

Since their rough stretch before the break, they have been absolutely on fire.  Has a series against Iowa left that could be big if they continue to make ground.

Tacoma Tornadoes
Current: 10  Last: 15

Another team en fuego, most of the damage being done without Benny Molina.  He's back and they're primed to battle for the division and a possible bye.  LA/Tacoma has the edge for a wild card over a handful of hopefuls.

Montreal Stars
Current: 11  Last: 14

The battle for the AL North crown should be epic.  Has a series left against each of their rivals, including Santa Fe for the wild card.   Has the advantage over all in second tiebreaker by virtue of their 14-7 record within the division. 
Cincinnati Dawgs
Current: 12  Last: 17

May be too late to push Detroit for the division, but is in the mix for a wild card.  They fare pretty well so far in head to head over the other wild card opponents, with sets against each left on the schedule.  Their poor division record could hurt if it comes down to a second tiebreaker.

Charlotte Charlatans
Current: 13  Last: 11

Trying to fend off Syracuse for the division.  Has a 4-3 head to head edge so far.   They're a hot stretch away from getting into the bye conversation.

Washington D.C. Senators
Current: 14  Last: 16

Duking it out with Philly for the NL East title.  Has a commanding 5-2 head to head advantage.  If division hopes fail, they are still in play for a wild card.

Philadelphia Phoenix
Current: 15  Last: 20

Has played solid ball, leapfrogging Pittsburgh and making a run at the division.  Will need to win outright, as they trail D.C. in the first two tiebreakers.  Wild card is also an option.

St. Louis Sabotage
Current: 16  Last: 12

Division is most likely out of reach, but is still vying for a wild card.

Pittsburgh Appalachians
Current: 17  Last: 9

Need to right the ship fast to get back into at least wild card consideration.

Syracuse Barking Spiders
Current: 18  Last: 18

The division is still within reach, but a wild card would most likely not be a fall back option.

Fargo Marlboro Men
Current: 19  Last: 23

Texas Wildcats
Current: 20  Last: 13

Colorado Surf Riders III
Current: 21  Last: 19

Anaheim Arte Morenos
Current: 22  Last: 26

New York Blues
Current: 23  Last: 22

Jacksonville Minutemen
Current: 24  Last: 25

Tampa Bay Don Cesars
Current: 25  Last: 28

Durham Bulls
Current: 26  Last: 21

San Francisco Lockdown
Current: 27  Last: 24

Toledo Mudhens
Current: 28  Last: 31

Las Vegas  Bookies
Current: 29  Last:  27

New York
New York Bombers
Current: 30  Last:  29

Chicago Blagos
Current: 31   Last: 32

Trenton Thunder
Current: 32  Last: 30

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