With the All-Star Game happening today, the playoffs are right around the corner. Behind the scenes at CodBall, we are talking about what teams will grab those precious two spots at the top of each division's standings. Western Division
As we previously reported, the West looks nearly finalized.
Bourne needs two more wins to clinch a playoff spot. Hyannis is four points away from the Commodores, but may only be playing for the Patriot Cup this year. Here's what CodBall writer Dave had to say about both teams:
Falmouth and Hyannis play each other two more times. They play in Falmouth on August 3 and they end the regular season, also at Fuller Field, on August 8. Falmouth is in pretty good shape for a playoff spot. With their pitching, they should not have to worry about a long losing streak. Hyannis has been very inconsistent and hasn't shown the ability to win even 7 or 8 out of these last ten games. Also, Falmouth has one game left to play with Harwich and three games to play with Cotuit and, as we know, both of those teams are struggling to get anything going. Another scheduling quirk has Falmouth and Cotuit playing three consecutive games between August 27-31.
Wareham has been eliminated. Cotuit will be eliminated with two Falmouth wins.
Key games to watch next week: Hyannis @ Falmouth (8/3) and Cotuit @ Hyannis (8/4) - Patriot Cup
The East is a different story, with one playoff spot still up for grabs.
- Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (#1 in the nation)
- Chatham A's (#7 in the nation), Orleans Cardinals, or Brewster Whitecaps
Y-D will clinch a playoff berth with one more win or tie. Chatham, currently 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, should have no problem maintaining their 2nd place spot. But, Orleans and Brewster are trailing closely and they cannot yet be counted out. Those games will be fun to watch as the season winds down.
Harwich has been eliminated from the playoffs.
Key games to watch next week: Bourne @ Chatham (7/30) - championship preview?, Brewster @ Orleans (8/3), and Chatham @ Y-D (8/4) - playoff preview?
A Cape League E#?
While determining the number of games needed to clinch playoff spots, I was wondering if an E# could be determined for the Cape League. Perhaps the only way to do this would be to ignore the possibility of ties. Does anyone have any ideas on how to go about this?
EDITOR'S NOTE: This post was last updated July 28th, the day of the 2007 All-Star Game in Wareham.