The emerging trend this week is that merely splitting your doubleheader isn't going to gain you any ground, as the stronger teams in the league rip off two-game winning streaks with the regularity of a high-fibre diet.
#1. SURGE (TIE)
(6-2-0 Overall; 1st in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 1)
Look who's kept their top spot!?! Surge is 5-1 in their last six, that single loss coming on Sunday in a split of their doubleheader against The Crew. If they can keep this up, they'll taste the President's Division in 2022 for the first time since... well, the league's website doesn't have records that go back that far. Ya gotta figure the 20th century, if ever.
#1. BROADWAY (TIE)
(7-2-0 Overall; 1st in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 4)
Huge jump for Broadway this week, and well earned, going 4-0. They swept their doubleheaders against Hanet and an extremely short Falcons squad, and despite commencing the station-to-station strategy in what seemed like the second inning of both Falcons games, demolished them in both. Their +37 run differential leads the President's Division. If they can at least split next Wednesday's doubleheader against the A's, an easy win in a cupcake matchup against the Falcons next Friday should keep them at the top of the rankings.
(7-3-0 Overall; 2nd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 2)
The A's drop a spot in the rankings, not because their last week was bad (they split versus Storm), but because Broadway was better. Next week's games against Broadway could send them back up to the number two spot, or if they drop a number two in those games it could mean a precipitous drop.
#4. THE CREW
(6-3-0 Overall; 2nd in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 6)
A three-game winning streak jumps The Crew two spots, and thanks to a double default by The Buellers, into 2nd place in the division. At +53, they also hold the biggest run differential in the Vice President's Division. But since, historically, they're a .500 team, you can almost bet that their 3-win, 3-loss, 3-win pattern will continue.
#5. THE BUELLERS
(5-4-0 Overall; 3rd Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 4)
An unfortunate double-default on Tuesday drops The Buellers down a spot, but that doesn't mean they aren't a force when they show up. I mean, I guess they are. My team never plays their team, which based on the results this season is a God-send.
(5-5-0 Overall; 3rd in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 5)
Storm, like the A's, fall a spot this week not because they played poorly but because other teams played better. More, uh, powerfully, you might say. Storm continues to have medical personnel on stand-by, you know, just in case.
#7. TRIPLE PLAY
(3-5-0; 4th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 8)
Conversely, Triple Play JUMPED a spot thanks to a .500 record earned in a split against The Buellers. But honestly, that's because the rest of the league is an uncontrollable dumpster fire.
#8. HANET PLASTICS
(2-6-0 Overall; 4th in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 7)
Hanet lost both ends of their doubleheader against #1 Broadway on Sunday, and have now lost 4 in a row. Though a mid-season slump is typical for Hanet until the Minor Baseball season concludes, their .250 winning percentage is not. They'll be back for the playoff tournament, you can be sure.
(2-7-0 Overall; Last in President's Division)
(Rank last week: 9)
The Falcons couldn't even pull together six regular members to play game one against Broadway on Tuesday, and the results showed. SLF's mid-game arrival sparked a 4-run inning to bring the Falcons total to... four. They didn't score again. Game two was better, they scored 19 runs! The Falcons also allowed THIRTY ONE runs, sad trombone. If it weren't for Coulas, the Falcons would rank twelfth in a ten-team league.
#10. COULAS BONE CRUSHERS
(1-9-0 Overall; 5th in Vice President's Division)
(Rank last week: 10)
Coulas scored 18 runs! ... over two games. That's not exactly winning slo-pitch.
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