Sunday DH Notes, Lineup & Playoff Race

IMG_3131The Chiefs and River Bandits were one of three games in Iowa to be rained out on Saturday night. As  you can see from the picture to the right the tarp was on the field and it was raining pretty hard all Saturday afternoon. Beloit at Burlington and Clinton at Wisconsin were both rained out as well. All three venues will have Sunday double header’s that impact the Wild Card race. The Wild Card is all that’s left to play for in the West. Kane County beat Cedar Rapids Saturday night in the only game that did get played and by virtue of that win and by holding the tiebreaker against the Chiefs, Kane County clinched the Division Title. With nine games left the Chiefs are nine games back and Kane County leads the season series (Tiebreaker #1) 4-2. The playoff appearance is the first for a Cubs affiliate in the Midwest League since Chris Archer, Brett Jackson, Ryan Flaherty, DJ LeMahieu and Jeff Beliveau among others got the Chiefs to the 2nd half Western Division title in 2009. That was also the Chiefs last playoff appearance so hopefully both droughts can end this week.

Here are the Western Division standings as we head into play on Sunday:

Midwest League Western
W L PCT GB Home Away Div Streak Last10
Kane County Cougars 42 20 .677 - 27-6 15-14 33-17 W4 7-3
Peoria Chiefs 32 28 .533 9.0 16-11 16-17 26-23 W1 5-5
Quad Cities River Bandits 31 29 .517 10.0 17-12 14-17 26-22 W1 7-3
Burlington Bees 30 29 .508 10.5 17-13 13-16 23-25 L1 5-5
Clinton LumberKings 29 30 .492 11.5 12-15 17-15 23-25 L3 4-6
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 29 31 .483 12.0 17-14 12-17 22-27 W4 5-5
Cedar Rapids Kernels 27 35 .435 15.0 14-16 13-19 20-30 L5 3-7
Beloit Snappers 26 34 .433 15.0 16-16 10-18 22-26 L1 3-7

As far as the Wild Card goes the Chiefs are +1 on QC, +1.5 on Burlington, +2.5 on Clinton, +3 on Wisconsin, +6 on Cedar Rapids and Beloit. These three games in Quad Cities are crucial. As far as tiebreakers go, the Chiefs lead QC 2-1 but do not have the tiebreaker against Burlington, Clinton or Wisconsin. The Chiefs tied the season series with Burlington and Wisconsin but the #2 tiebreaker is head to head runs scored and the Chiefs lose both of those.

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As for today’s double header, the Chiefs will start Rob Kaminsky in game one at 1:15 pm and Blake McKnight in game two. The game one lineup is to the right. The Chiefs are still without big bats in Ronald Castillo and Justin Ringo (DL). As you can see in the Game Notes Arturo Reyes gets the ball in game three of the series Monday. That will set up Chase Brookshire, Alex Reyes and Jimmy Reed in the three-games at home against Kane County on Tuesday – Thursday. Speaking of the homestand check out the Promotional Highlights for the six games that includes appearances by Ozzie Smith, Spiderman/IronMan, three fireworks shows, Dueling Pianos, a Diamond Dig, two giveaways and much much more!

 

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