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chat_bubble 2019 WMSPL Power Rankings - Week 18

Posting the Power Rankings a day early this week hopefully to get lots of comment section discussion going leading into the regular season's ultimate weekend. Have at it!

The most exciting race in the league, as we near the end of the regular season, is the one for the 2-through-4 seeds in the playoff tournament. It's all going to come down to this Sunday. The race is, for the rest of the league however, pretty anticlimatic. It's like watching the three hottest women at spring break in the wet T-Shirt contest. For the audience, it doesn't matter who wins. In this analogy (this is the correct usage of 'analogy'. You know who you are), Storm is the greasy MC of the contest who spends the rest of the day surrounded by empty Corona bottles, wanking.

(1-0-0 This Week; 31-4-1 Overall; President's Division Champions)
(Rank last week: 1)

Joey's 2nd place finish in the league's home run race can be blamed on the FIVE default victories enjoyed by Storm this season. When Storm wins by default, Joey doesn't get the chance to sock dingers.

(1-0-0 This Week; 25-11-1 Overall; Tied for 3rd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 2)

#2. A'S (TIE)
(1-0-0 This Week; 26-11-0 Overall; 2nd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 3)

(1-0-0 This Week; 25-11-1 Overall; Tied for 3rd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 4)

This is the most exciting race of the upcoming weekend, and the results won't be known until 10:55 PM on Sunday night. In the opener at 5:00 PM, Broadway will visit the Falcons to determine the #4 seed (probably. See below.). The loser of that game will be #4, and get a date with a crossover elimination game on playoff Saturday after being placed in a pool with Hanet and Brew Crew (#6 and #7, though order is still TBD). The winner will sit and wait to see the results of the Storm at A's game at 9:30 PM on K2. If the A's lose, the winner of the 5:00 PM game is #2. The A's clinch #2 (clinch #2! HA!) with a win.

If the early game ends in a tie (and the A's win), Broadway gets #4. The Falcons would hold the tie breaker in this scenario with a head-to-head record of 2-1-1.

If the Falcons win, and the A's tie, the A's get #2 by virtue of a 3-1 head-to-head advantage over the Falcons.

If Broadway wins and the A's tie, it would go all the way down to the third tie breaker, overall runs allowed. Broadway has a big advantage there, so unless the early game ends 42-41 Broadway, and the late game ends in a scoreless tie, Broadway would get #2 in this scenario.

It gets really interesting if Broadway and the Falcons tie, and the A's lose. If this happens, all three teams would have identical winning percentages, though not identical records. (Each tie is worth a half-win towards winning percentage.)

According to the WMSPL's constitution regarding tie breakers:

In the event teams are tied in winning percentage at the end of the regular season, the following order shall be used to determine final standings.
a) Teams with the best record during games between the teams concerned shall be placed higher.
b) Teams with the most wins in all regular season games played shall be placed higher.
c) Teams with the fewest runs allowed in all regular season games shall be placed higher.
d) Teams with the higher run differential (plus/minus) for all regular season games played shall be placed higher.
e) Coin toss between the remaining teams.

Based on this, the A's would get #2, as they would have 5 total wins over Broadway and the Falcons. Both Broadway and the Falcons have 3 wins over the other two in this group, so we'd have to move down to 'C', fewest runs allowed. Based on that, the Falcons would be #3 and Broadway would be #4.

(If you disagree with my methodology above, and would like to clarify it, DON'T send me an email telling me how dumb I am for my interpretation. Put your explanation in the comments section so we're all on the same page. Thank you.)

See? Easy!

(1-0-0 This Week; 17-17-2 Overall; 1st in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 5)

Hanet takes over the driver's seat in the Vice President's division this week with a win over IG Wealth, and sends flowers to Broadway for beating the Brew Crew on Wednesday. Their magic number to cash a cheque is 2. They can go no higher than the 6-seed if they win the division, and no lower than the 7-seed if they lose twice on Sunday.

(0-0-1 This Week; 21-14-2 Overall; 5th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 6)

Going to go out on a limb here and say that Surge and the Rebels agreed to a 7-7 draw on Tuesday night during the downpour, instead of asking to have a game in which both teams are locked into their current seeding rescheduled.

(0-1-0 This Week; 18-19-0 Overall; 2nd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 7)

All is not lost for Brew Crew, who lost to Broadway this week. They can still win their division and move into a relatively meaningless 6-seed position with a win over Re/Max on Sunday and they get a bunch of help from Storm and Greenthumb each to beat Hanet.

(0-1-0 This Week; 13-21-2 Overall; 6th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 8)

If IG can beat the Rebels and Greenthumb on Sunday, and if Re/Max loses to a very motivated Brew Crew squad (#squadgoals!), they would move "up" into the #8 seed and be placed in a playoff pool with the Rebels and the #3 seed. If they stay at #9 (the lowest they can go), they'll be in a pool with Surge and the #2 seed. You can see where winning may be a disadvantage here.

(0-1-0 This Week; 14-20-3 Overall; 3rd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 9)

See the notes for IG Wealth at #8. Re/Max needs to lose and get "help" to move down to the #9 seed, if that's what they want. But beware the tanking approach to trying to choose your playoff seed. Ask Greenthumb how well that worked out.

(0-1-0 This Week; 10-27-0 Overall; 4th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 10)

Coulas and Greenthumb will be in Pool A with Storm for the playoffs. Pool A is the only pool so far that has locked in all it's participants.

(0-1-0 This Week; 7-26-3 Overall; 5th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 11)

See Coulas above.

#12. SURGE
(0-0-1 This Week; 5-31-1 Overall; 6th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 12)

Surge has a winnable game on Sunday that would take them into the playoffs on a winning note.

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Posted on: Thursday September 5th, 2019 at 11:11AM