Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Race to the Finish (NL)

1.  Pawtucket Paw Sox (64-27) - They have been nothing short of dominant and are on pace for 114 wins this season.  With a 24 game division lead, the Paw Sox can afford to rest players already as they prep for a playoff run.

All-Star Count - 7

Most Outstanding Player - All-Star snub Terrel Boyle (1.027 OPS)

2.  Iowa City Hawks (58-33) - A surprise second seed coming off a disappointing record last year.  New ownership and management has instantly turned this team into a contender in the NL.  With a five game division lead there is still plenty of work to be done though.  Iowa City relies on balanced pitching, defense, and offense and look like a safe bet to at least land a wild card spot.

All-Star Count - 3

Most Outstanding Player - HR Champ Antone Grilli (27 HR)

3.  Anaheim Angels (54-37) - Last season's World Series representative from the NL is having another great season.  It has been a season of extreme highs and lows for the defending NL champs though with long winning and losing streaks at different times.  They are clinging onto a slim two game lead in their division and will need a strong second half to snag a high playoff seed.

All-Star Count - 6

Most Outstanding Player - Albert Valazquez (1.037 OPS)

4.  Richmond Flying Squirrels (53-38) - After narrowly falling short of the playoffs last season, Richmond has come out on a mission this season and hold a seven game division lead.  Their young players are coming into their own and Richmond appears to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

All-Star Count - 4

Most Outstanding Player - Dicky Scheffer (1.080 OPS)

5.  Dover Destroyers (53-38) - A Wild Card team from last season, Dover has aspirations of not only making the playoffs, but taking home the division crown this year.  They trail Iowa City by just five games at the All-Star break. 

All-Star Count - 4

Most Outstanding Player - Steven Peterson (11-2 with a 1.17 WHIP)

6.  Cheyenne Primetimers (52-39) - Holding onto the sixth and final Wild Card spot will not be easy.  Cheyenne may have multiple ways to get into the playoffs though as they are only two games out of the division lead.  Needless to say, they will need to continue to play well down the stretch unless they want to start golf season early.

All-Star Count - 1

Most Outstanding Player - Julio Montanez (9-1 with a 2.96 ERA)

7.  San Diego American Kings (47-44) - On the outside looking in right now, the American Kings will need to continue their good play as of late for the rest of the year.  They are currently running third in their division, but are only five games out of the final Wild Card spot.  This team is built on pitching and they'll need to continue to paint the corners the rest of the way to earn a trip into the postseason.

All-Star Count - 1

Most Outstanding Player - Chris Jarvis (28 Saves)

8.  Mexico City Matadors (46-45) - A playoff team by the skin of their teeth last season, Mexico City is desperately trying to get back to the postseason again.  This team is young and may be a year or two away, but that hasn't stopped them from fighting.  They are currently six games out of the last Wild Card spot.  New GM citizenkyle2 has been more active then anyone pulling off a major league leading 10 trades prior to the All-Star break.

All-Star Count - 0

Most Outstanding Player -Rookie Sensation Henry Weinhardt (97 K's with at 2.99 ERA)

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