Sunday, December 11, 2016

Season 39 Power Rankings - Playoff Push Edition

Montreal Stars
Current: 1  Last: 1

5 game lead for the number 1 seed, miles ahead for at least a bye.

Los Angeles Colemans
Current: 2  Last: 3

Division is safe, but in a fierce battle for one of the byes.  Five teams separated by no more than 2 games.

Charlotte Charlatans
Current: 3  Last: 2

Could still catch Montreal for the 1 seed, but could prove difficult with no more head to head matchups.  Has a 5 game lead for the 2 seed and a bye.

Colorado Surf Riders III
Current: 4  Last: 15

Battling Anaheim and Vegas for the division, with a series against each left.  Wildcard is a fall back with a six-game lead.

Cincinnati Dawgs
Current: 5  Last: 14

In a crazy battle for the NL North with Fargo and Detroit.  Two teams will make the playoffs, possibly all three.  Cincy holds the edge in head to head  tiebreakers over the other two.

Fargo Marlboro Men
Current: 6  Last: 13

The division winner could also qualify for a bye, so the remaining series's against division opponents is huge.  Currently has head-to-head edge over Detroit, but not Cincy.

Detroit Chippewas
 Current: 7  Last: 4

Has not fared well against division opponents, so will most likely have to win the division outright.  Clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker over Tampa if it comes down to a wild card tie.

Iowa City Johnsons
  Current: 8  Last: 6

Has a six-game lead for the division, and is in a tight battle for a bye seeding.

Santa Fe Brooks
Current: 9  Last: 12

Six game lead in the division, six games behind for a bye.

Tampa Bay Don Cesars
Current: 10  Last: 7

Six games back for the division with another series against Iowa.  Four games back for a wild-card.

Anaheim Arte Morenos
Current: 11  Last: 5

Big series coming up against Colorado, but they trail the head to head match up (2-5).  If division hopes fail, they do have a 5 game lead for a wildcard spot.

Wichita Rocks
 Current: 12  Last: 9

Six games behind Sante Fe with a series still on the schedule.  Big series coming up against Vegas in the battle for a wildcard.  Currently trail the season series against them at 3-4.

Washington D.C. Senators
Current: 13  Last: 21

If they can hold their four-game lead over Philly, they would lock into the four seed.  Final series of the season against their division rival.  

Las Vegas  Bookies
Current: 14  Last: 18

Have to pass both Colorado and Anaheim for the division.  In a battle with Wichita for a wildcard, with a handful of teams breathing down their necks.  Have a 4-3 lead in the season series against the Rocks.
Texas Wildcats
Current: 15  Last: 16

Honolulu Jackwagons
 Current: 16  Last: 8

Still in the hunt for a wildcard at six games back with series's remaining against Anaheim and Vegas.

Tacoma Tornadoes
Current: 17  Last: 10

Boston Braves
Current: 18  Last: 25

Some strong play as of late has thrust them into the playoff mix.  Currently 2 games back for a wild-card.  They have some tough opponents left on the schedule, including a series against Wichita.

New York Blues
Current: 19  Last: 22

Five games back for a playoff spot, with series's against Wichita, Anaheim and Vegas still on the schedule.

Jacksonville Minutemen
Current: 20  Last: 11

Three games back of a wildcard spot, with series's left against Wichita and Anaheim.

Syracuse Barking Spiders
Current: 21  Last: 23

Recent tough stretch has knocked them 7 games out of a wild-card spot with lots of teams to jump over.

Scranton Rail Riders
Current: 22  Last: 20

Six games back for a playoff spot, but would have to leapfrog several teams.

Philadelphia Phoenix
Current: 23  Last: 24

Trying to make up four games to catch DC for the division.  Would probably have to win the division outright as they've dropped 5 out of 7 so far to their rival.

Durham Bulls
Current: 24  Last: 17

Seven games back for a playoff spot, but lots of teams in front.

Milwaukee and Peele

Current: 25  Last: 27

Richmond Confederates
Current: 26  Last: 19

Ottowa Dead Bunnies
Current: 27   Last: 29

San Francisco Lockdown
Current: 28  Last: 26

Trenton Thunder
Current: 29  Last: 28

Pittsburgh Parrott Heads
Current: 30  Last: 30

San Jose
San Jose Sea Slugs
Current: 31  Last: 32

New York
New York Bombers
Current: 32  Last: 31

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