Another strong week to start the Spring Season with every game played, and most of them on time. The weather cooperated again, with light wind which did make it brisk for the early and late games.
The wind coming in, even slightly, the first two weeks has put a damper on the long ball, and teams that live and die by the home run are struggling to manufacture runs. The league is batting .263, almost 40 points lower than the last Spring Season, and 64 points lower than the summer.
The power drop is more dramatic, historically the league averages a home run every 17.6 AB’s. After two weeks this season the number is sitting at 78.3 AB’s per HR.
Early indicators show that the teams you’d expect in the playoff picture based on past seasons are there with a couple of exceptions. Though, as a reminder, there is still a lot of wiffleball to be played.
The Master Batters are off to a strong start, but their strength of schedule has been pretty weak. Next week is a huge test for them, and there are a couple of certain losses on their schedule that remain, but 9-5 will almost certainly get them into the playoffs. The wide open Western Division could easily be a three team race with DC Twits and Ha’chi Mountaineers down to the wire. Expect two of these teams to go forward, a Division Champion, and likely one wild card. But, at this point, which two are up in the air.
7th Linning Stretch has also started strong, but is a long shot to be in postseason. A great win opening day over the Twits will help them, but expect them to end up 7-7 unless lightning strikes. Like the Janitors last summer, they’ll disappear quickly and quietly.
The Canvassers round out the teams in the picture now that will have a tough road ahead. Five very tough games left on the schedule could make their extra innings loss to rookie Porkchop Sandwiches this week come back to bite them in the ass when it comes to the wild card race. Though, if Tony Morin can steal a few more strikes from Alex Filides, and the bats figure out the tougher pitching, they could play meaningful wiffleball Weeks 6 and 7.
Scared Hitless, despite new uniforms (same design, but definitely cleaner than the old ones) is off to a 1 and 3 to start the season. Their two losses aren’t unexpected though, to Superman’s Wheelchair, and a rough loss to the Gumballers who were without their ace. They’ll obviously be in the hunt, and while they won’t likely reclaim the Eastern Division from the Gumballers, they’re almost a lock for a wildcard spot.
The Nasty Boys made the playoffs last season, and a wild card is still a glimmer of hope in their future. They’ll probably need to upset Wheelchair or Hitless or run the table in their other games, and much danger awaits them. It’s hard to tell if they’ll ever solve their problem of scoring runs, and they have a strong enough schedule that if they don’t, they’ll be in trouble.