The Seattle Salts have grabbed the division title, and playoff home advantage, despite a 3-1 loss to the Nevada Speeders today. The Salts improve to 62-36, and will likely set a club record in win percentage.
By securing the division, they re-enter the playoffs after missing the postseason in 2016, but finishing with the division pennant in 2014 and 2015.
The Salts now look forward to the playoffs, though without GM Rex Randy, who has been absent since July with no explanation from the club.
Seattle expects to rely heavily on lefty Adam Price, Aaron Reed, and Connor Pearce in the pitching rotation, and closer Adam Fitzpatrick as one of this year’s best shutdown men. Left-fielder Ryan Vallis had a breakout year as well, breaking the 20-home run mark and pushing nearly 70 runs over the plate.
Infielder Jesse Nelson is still on the DL and will not return for the playoffs, but sports pundits still rate the Salts as strong Bull Cup contenders after their hot August, where they went 21-7, and ended up with the AEL lead in most team pitching stats categories.
They close out a 4-game set with Nevada in Reno, before returning home to prepare for postseason action.