Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Playoff Excitement

9 teams are battling for 8 playoff spots as the MSL season winds down. 4 more teams are on the edge and are mathematically still alive, but must have many variables all go there way.

The ultra competitive Aaron Division has 3 teams within 2 games of each other as Minnesota holds a 1 game lead over St. Louis and a 2 game edge over Philly. Florida and Arizona both have a league-leading 90 wins but must still finish strong to guarantee entry into the post-season.

Houston at 87 wins, Pittsburgh with 86 wins, Atlanta with 84 wins and San Fran with 83 are all weathering the pressure in an attempt to gain entry in the MSL post-season.

Good Luck to all owners and especially to our Commish. Great job as always John.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Smilin' In Minnesota

Minnesota (AP) - It's been all smiles in Minnesota as Mr. Ortiz has been leading the charge with another breakout season. Big Pappi leads the league in homers (39), sixth in RBI's (86) and is seventh in batting average (.337). Last season, Ortiz finished 43-126-.316 and appears ready to exceed those numbers this season.

The Twins continue to hold a slight lead over the Cards (2 1/2 GB) and Phillies (3 GB) in what most certainly will be a race that will go down to the final week of the regular season. The Twins have never finished better than fourth in their division, never had a winning season and have never made the playoffs - these gloomy facts will all be erased at the end of this season.

Weaver Fires No-Hitter

Houston's Jeff Weaver fired a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium last block. Weaver, who is 10-9 with a disappointing 5.53 ERA this season, put it all together for one night. The right-hander faced 29 batters - just two over the minimum as Weaver only walked one while striking out five. The Astros selected Weaver in the fourth round in the 2003 draft after he was released from San Francisco after the 2002 season. Weaver was 35-33 over three seasons for the Giants.

This was the ninth no-hitter in Millennium League history. A complete listing of all the no-hitters can be found at the following link: MSL No-Hitters.