Sandvipers, Night Owls lock up playoff spots.

Odds to win Season 2 of the PLW – Updated 7/25/2021

The Contenders

The Ones +200: The Ones had a week off but still had a successful one. Thanks to the Snappers who dropped two of three they clinched the #1 seed heading into the playoffs. After the conclusion of the one game wild card matchup, they will be able to select which of the remaining three teams they’d like to face in the semifinals. The Ones are loaded on both sides of the field as Ryan Chen, Cody Schmidt, and Adam Koutz were just named All-Stars and Andrew Ledet was an honorable mention in both categories. They’re still the team to beat. 

Sandvipers +300: A full week of games for the Sandvipers as they played 3 series and went 6-3 and improved their record to 20-13. With a series win over the Warbirds on Saturday night, they clinched a spot in the playoffs. They’re still quite locked into the #3 seed as they’re 4 games back of the Snappers and 4.5 games up on the 4th place Night Owls. The Bombers caught them by surprise in their first game of the week but after that they went a combined 6-2 taking two of three vs both the Snappers and Warbirds. Pitching is still a little rocky for the Sandvipers but their bats are live and any team with Adam Tanic leading the way is a threat to hoist a trophy.

Snappers +350: Just one series for the Snappers this week, going 1-2 against the Sandvipers and nearly clinching the #2 overall seed. Taylor Bryner has shown to be human on the mound slightly, giving up 13 runs over his last 16 innings, which could be a bad sign for the Snappers. He’s their key to victory without a doubt. The combo of Bryner and Shane Weber hit back to back homers again this week. But they’re going to need peak Bryner on the mound if they wanna compete in the playoffs. Despite a decent season from Jonathan Wilson who also earned a spot in the All-Star game, their pitching depth behind Taylor is quite thin and if teams get to him, the Snappers are gonna fall just short of going back to back.

Night Owls +450: The Night Owls finished off their regular season this week with a series against the Stonemen and won all three games. They put themselves in a position to have a spot in the playoffs needing one loss by the Warbirds Saturday night to clinch and they got just that. They’re locked into either the 4 or 5 seed though so they will have to play a one game playoff just to have a chance to have a spot in the semifinals. James Stein was initially unable to make that game but news broke this week that he will indeed be able to be there and thus gives them a big edge in that game against any team they’ll be matched up against. Brandon Maio pitched a gem in the third game this week. If he’s able to reach the level he was at last season, the one-two punch of Stein and Maio are going to be a really tough out in the playoffs. 

Legends: +800: A week off for the Legends as they remained at 15-18 but slid down to 5th place overall. They have a 3 game lead over the 6th place Warbirds but with two tough series coming up against the Sandvipers and Snappers, they could go one of two ways this week. If they find some wins against those teams, they could clinch a playoff spot. But if they struggle, their final series of the season against the Warbirds could decide if they’re fighting for a title or heading toward losing a spot in the league. The Legends control their own destiny though, as if they go 4-5 in their last 9, they’re in the playoffs no matter what anyone else does. 

Relegation Risks

Warbirds: +15000: The Warbirds played two series this week, losing two of 3 to both the Stonemen and the Sandvipers. They sit at 12-23-1 and barely in 6th place. The Warbirds still have life but will need to play better against the Sandvipers next week. Then they’ll need some help from the Sandvipers too against the Legends if they want their season ending series against them to matter. Peter Mocabee returned to the lineup and had a solid day at the plate Saturday night but struggled to keep the Sandvipers at bay. The Warbirds more likely than not have a date in the one game playoff to avoid the relegation tourney, but we can’t count them out yet. They’ll need to play their best Wiffle ball of the season this week to keep their season alive. 

Stone Men: +40000: The Stonemen gave some life to their season with a series victory over the Warbirds on Monday but had most of the wind let out of their sails after getting swept by the Night Owls on Thursday. Technically not eliminated from the playoffs but they’ll need to sweep the Bombers and hope the Legends go 1-8 in their last 9 and hope the Warbirds struggle also. The Stonemen control their own destiny as it pertains to the relegation tournament though. If they handle the Bombers in their last series of the season, they’ll avoid the guaranteed trip to the relegation tournament and will have a chance to win one game to keep their spot in the PLW for next season.

Bombers: +50000: The Bombers tried to put a spark in their season this week with winning game one against the Sandvipers but lost the next two and now are 9-24 and remain in 8th place. They still have three series left to get some wins and get themselves out of the basement but 6 of those are against The Ones and the Sandvipers. Despite not being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, they’ll likely need to win out and hope the Legends don’t win a few games. The Bombers definitely showed some heart this week against one of the better teams in the league so they will go down fighting but they’re very likely going to have to either find a way into that one game playoff or they’ll be surprisingly be fighting for their PLW spot after finishing last season as the #2 overall seed. 

***Odds are for entertainment purposes only***

Author: Kyle Loman