Playoff Preview

As we entered the final week of the regular season, there were plenty of playoff implications as none of the seeds had yet to be determined.  In the days first set of games, the Gold took on Leland and the Royals took on the Saints.

On field 1, Leland had a chance to lock up the top overall seed and a first round bye, while the Gold had a chance to lock up the 3 seed.  Leland was able to hold off the Gold and won 4-2 to secure the top seed.

On field 2, the Royals took on the Saints with a chance to take over the 3 seed coupled with a Gold loss. The Royals were able to hold off the Saints to hang on for the 4-3 win. The loss ensured that the Saints would be the 8 seed and play in a 1 game playoff against the 7 seed, which had yet to be determined.

The second set of games featured the Emperors vs Ravens on field 1, and the Devils vs. D’Backs on field 2.  The D’Backs, Ravens, and Devils were all in contention for the 5th seed.

On field 1, the Emperors had already been locked into the 2 seed with Lelands win in the early game. With a win the Ravens would secure the 5 seed, but they were unable to beat the Emperors and needed help to hang on to the 5 seed.

On field 2, both the Devils and D’Backs had a chance to move up to the 5 seed with a win.  The D’Backs came out on fire and handled the Devils easily. The loss knocked the Devils down to seventh place and forces them into a play-in game against the Saints to get into the playoffs.  The D’Backs just narrowly missed earning the 5 seed as they came up 2 runs short from overtaking the Ravens, and settled for the 6th seeds

Playoff Matchups

10 AM Field 1- (6) D’Backs vs (3) Royals-  The Royals took the season series from the D’Backs by a record of 2-0-2.  But don’t let that fool you. The D’Backs played the Royals tough all season and have a ton of confidence coming into this game. The Royals struggled in the second half of the season but still finished with the second best offense in the league. They will need every bit of offense they can get as their defense was second worst in the league.

10 AM Field 2- Saints vs Devils-This game will be a play in game. Winner will play the second seeded Emperors. The Devils took the season series from the Saints by a record of 2-1-1.  After winning 18 games just a year ago, the Saints struggled mightily this season and finished last.  The Devils showed they can hit with anyone at times this season, but their defense ranked worst in the league. 

11 AM- Field 1- Winner of Saints/Devils vs. (2) Emperors- The Emperors will face the winner of the play-in game between the Saints and Devils. The Emperors did not lose to either of these teams in the regular season so they will feel pretty confident against whoever they face. The Emperors finished the season with leagues best offense and defense.

11 AM Field 2- (5)Ravens vs (4) Gold- The Gold finished the season 3-0-1 against the Ravens this season.  The Gold didn’t have the type of season we have come to expect from them, but they are always dangerous come playoff time and no team has the championship experience they have.  The Ravens had a nightmare start to the season, but turned things around midway through the season and went from the basement to the 5 seed in just a few weeks.