Tonight's All-Star game marks the mid-way point in the MLB season. In the Cape Cod Baseball League Tuesday was a light schedule (just two games) nearing the mid-way point in this summer collegiate league. Time for a little mid-season review.
Through July 10th, Y-D in the East and Bourne in the West continue to dominate their respective divisions. But the rest of the league is still in the mix.
Who Makes the Playoffs?
If everything holds constant, Y-D and Bourne would make the playoffs. To pick the numbers three and four teams, I looked at team batting and team pitching. For comparison, I added the team ranking for batting to the team ranking for pitching. I then ranked the teams according to their combined batting and pitching rank. If team pitching and team batting were to correlate with W-L record, here is where teams would end up:
1. Y-D Red Sox
2. Bourne Braves
3. Brewster White Caps
4. Wareham Gatemen, Orleans Cardinals, Chatham A's
5. Harwich Mariners, Falmouth Commodores, Hyannis Mets, Cotuit Kettleers
A Power Surge?
Separately, we're seeing a power surge this past week. On July 4th there was a combined 64 league home runs. Through July 9th there were 93 league home runs -- 29 dingers in just 5 days around the league. Is that possible? Do I have that right?
Depending on how you count the days, we appear to be ahead of pace for season totals on HRs. According to league stats, there were 204 home runs hit in 2006. A total of 93 were hit through July 9th, which is roughly 40 percent of the way through the season including playoffs and the championship (45 percent of the regular season). That puts us on pace for a season record in home runs.
Attendance so far...
Paradoxically, Bourne is the Best in the West but the worst in attendance with an average of just 695 fans per game. Orleans, Chatham and Y-D are the top draws with Bourne, Wareham and Harwich drawing the least.