Alberta Baseball Confederacy: Week 24, Playoff Edition
Here's the belated thread for the Alberta Baseball Confederacy's final standings, and the beginning of the first week of playoffs, in which the second and third-place finishers within each division face-off to determine who meets the divisional leaders in the Division Championship next week.
The final week of the regular season was, as our commissioner would say, a gong-show:
- In each division the fourth-place team entering the final week overtook the third-place team and won the playoff spot. Even more remarkable: neither winner owned undisputed hold of a playoff-eligible position during the regular season until the final week. Talk about peaking at the right time.
- The biggest gap was closed by the NLFC: as recently as seven weeks ago, they trailed On Top by 18 games in the standings.
- At the top of the standings there was a similarly unexpected reversal. The Miners posted their fifth-straight perfect week to finish the season 60-31-1. Meanwhile the Doctrine stumbled at the finish, dropping all four games to close-out the year 60-32. Having led the league for seven weeks, and recorded a record 32 games above .500 at their peak, most expected the Doctrine to finish first overall. Now, for the want of half-a-game, they'll have to let the playoffs demonstrate their supremacy.
- And at the other end of the spectrum, the hapless St Pats secured the first overall draft pick for 2007, stealing below the Helmet in the final week by a single game. The Helmet had held bottom place in the league for the past month but were their own worst enemy, recording just their fourth winning-week of the year in the season's final week to move ahead of the St Pats.