2011 ACL News and Notes
Playoff Battle: All of the teams that are in 1st place in the division hold comfortable leads coming down the home stretch. Houston holds a commanding 21 game lead in Todd Helton. Washington is up 12.5 in Troy Tulowitzki. Greensboro is up 10.5 in Hank Aaron. Albany is in control with a 19 game lead in Ty Cobb. After the leaders is where it gets a little more hairy.
Todd Helton: The Mets are in 2nd behind the Astros and lead the Dodgers by a game and a half, despite having a -11 run differential this season. Should be interesting to see if the Dodgers new owner Bootny.Lee can push his team past New York for a playoff berth.
Troy Tulowitzki: After Washington, the Phillies have a 5 game lead on the Expos. This looks to be the weakest division as Philadelphia is the only other team with a positive run differential. I'm still scratching my head over the Cubs. They looked to be perennial contenders after the WS season 3 years ago.
Hank Aaron: Asheville, West Va., and Kannapolis are all within 4.5 games of each other for the playoff berth in Hank Aaron. Pretty good teams in a pretty good division there.
Ty Cobb: Columbia looks to have the 2nd spot locked up and will get the unenviable task of playing the juggernaut that is Albany in the 1st round.
Asheville's Dan Wydra is having a really nice season as he is the only pitcher with an ERA under 2.00.
Oakland's Howard Wallace is having a mammoth season. He won't catch the single season HR record (currently 10 behind Kannapolis' Westleigh), but he's only 2 rbi's behind Westleigh and is maintaining a .735 to .725 lead over the all time SLG% leader.
Albany's THREE HEADED MONSTER is as close as it comes to guaranteeing a World Series victory. Hill has a 3.01 ERA with 25 wins, Radtke has a 3.16 with 25 wins, and Bailey has a 2.16 with 23 wins. Daunting task for the rest of the LEAGUE.
If the top seeds win the 1st round of the playoffs, the 2nd round should be one of the best we've had in a while. Pitting super teams vs. super teams.
Prediction: RJ Harrison and Houston vs. Albany and OC. Masterful jobs by both of these managers.
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