- With four games left, the playoff picture is clearing up, but there are still spots and positioning up for grabs...
In the NL, all divisions are clinched. Chicago claimed their 6th consecutive title. They are still alive in the race for one of the two byes, but needs lots of help from the teams facing the other three division champs. They need to win at least 3 out of their last four to stand a chance.
Burlington won their 4th consecutive division title, and is looking to hoist thier second WS trophy during this stretch run. Booya is playing for one of two byes, and can clinch if they win out their last four games.
Tampa won their first ever division title and can also claim one of they byes if they win out. They'll win over the Booya, but lose against St. Louis if there is a tie for the second seed and bye.
St. Louis is making their 8th playoff appearence in the last 9 seasons, and is vying for their 3rd WS title in the last seven seasons. A title will truly make them worthy of being called a dynasty. They are currently third seed, but are in the hunt for one of the two byes, just one game out of top seed.
Iowa clinched their 4th playoff appearence in the last 5 seasons.
After a 5 year absence, Scranton returns to the playoff with just one more win, or New Orleans' loss in the last four games.
In the AL, Augusta clinched their 3rd consecutive division title, and with four games left, their Magic Number to clinch a bye is two (over Portland.)
Jackson is making their 7th straight playoff appearence and clinched top seed.
Portland is looking to repeat as WS champs, but will most likely have to play a tough Sante Fe team in the first round.
Speaking of sante Fe, they have clinched that final WC spot and is making their second staight appearence in the playoffs.
Charlotte earned the top wildcard spot, and making their 5th playoff appearence in the last 6 seasons.
The AL East is still very much up for grabs with Jacksonville in the driver's seat, 1 game up over Toledo and 2 up over Trenton. They control their own destiny, and can be top dog if they win out. Trenton can win the division if they win all four of their remaining games (including one against the division leader), and then having Toledo beat Jacksonville at least twice in the final series of the season. Trenton wins a tiebreaker over Toledo, but loses to Jacksonville.
Toledo will have to win the division outright to make it over both opponents, and their best shot at doing that is to sweep Jacksonville in the final series.
Good luck to all, and happy scoreboard watching!