- 14-teams divied over two divisions.
- Top three from each division make the playoffs.
- Top team in each division earns a first-round bye.
With only two days left in the regular season, there is still very little that is guaranteed to happen. In one division, where three teams pulled away early, one of three teams has faltered losing three in a row. Another team that started 0-4 has won three in a row over that same stretch. If the steaks continue, the former divisional giant will be ousted from the playoffs on the very last week of the season by the team that started 0-4.
The Main Course
Like I said. That first division is fairly wrapped up. The other division is where the real fun is at. One team is 10-8. Three teams are 9-9. The last three others are 8-10. The two highest-scoring teams in the whole league are in this division, yet they both have losing records outside of the division.
Of the three 8-10 teams, two were statistically eliminated on tie-breakers before the week started, but one of them still had a chance to make it. They won't. They're getting killed this week, but in fifth place entering the week, the fact is that they still had a chance to make the playoffs. That, in and of itself, is interesting.
The 10-8 team is going to lose badly to one of the 9-9 teams, which will cost him the first-round bye on a tie-breaker. But what's more amazing is that a win by all three of the 9-9 teams will force the 10-8 team out of the playoffs on tie-breakers; from first to fourth in one week. Currently, two of the three 9-9 teams are winning. The other is losing their matchup by only a slim margin, which means anything is still possible.
But of all of plot lines that have played out, the two most insane pieces of the puzzle are these:
1) If things end how they are now, those two teams that are the highest scoring in the league will both be eliminated from the playoffs.
2) The team that's about to steal the first round bye in that second division started the season 1-4 but managed to come back despite having a team built around Ben Sheets, Rich Harden, Coco Crisp, & Aubrey Huff.
Let's see a roto league come up with action like that...