Here are the current team power rankings for Bull Baseball League:
Teams (Total Points, Tendency):
1) Anchorage Aces (120.2, +)
2) Montreal Metros (111.1, o)
3) Seattle Salts (111.0, ++)
4) Ohio Oxen (107.7, o)
5) Calgary Inferno (106.8, +)
6) Jacksonville Ravens (104.9, –)
7) Boston Brawlers (102.6, -)
8) Rimouski Fighting Moose (100.3, o)
9) New York Dragons (97.3, o)
10) Norfolk Sharks (89.1, o)
11) Kingston Cannons (88.6, ++)
12) Denver Danger (84.7, -)
13) Nevada Speeders (82.4, -)
14) Battle Creek Attack (79.4, o)
15) Dallas Deputies (76.3, ++)
16) Chicago Pit Bulls (75.2, ++)
17) Detroit Motorheads (74.4, –)
18) Toronto Nomads (69.1, -)
19) California Tidals (65.6, –)
20) Arizona Cowboys (58.5, o)
ACES BACK ON TOP
The Anchorage Aces are back on top of the weekly power rankings thanks to their big week, which saw them sweep the California Tidals, all but ending the Tidals hopes of a wildcard.
At the beginning of the 4-game series, the Tidals were 37-46, and 10½ games back from the wild card, with only the struggling Calgary Inferno and Norfolk Sharks in the way. With 17 games left on the schedule, a solid win streak could have closed the gap measurably this week.
But instead, the Aces had other ideas. After dropping two games to Seattle to close out that series 1-2, followed by a day off, the Aces outscored California 17-7 over their final 4-game series of the year. The closest game was the series opener, when Tidals ace Joe Lund pitched a gem of a game, going 7 innings and allowing just 2 runs. But a lack of run scoring hurt the Tidals as they were flummoxed trying to solve Aces’ starter Harry Ferguson.
Ferguson picked up his 8th win, while Lund his 7th loss. Aces closer Cyril Lefevre notched his 17th save of the season, his 8th in an Anchorage uniform.
After playing Nevada for three games this week, the Anchorage Aces move to Calgary to finish their road trip, in a series analysts will pay close attention to. The 15-game road trip ends in Seattle after that, in yet another critical series against a division rival who is just 2 games behind them.