California League Playoff Picture

As we head into the last 2-1/2 weeks of the season I wanted to take a look at the playoff picture for the Stockton Ports and the California League.  He are the 2nd half standings after games on August 14, 2013.

North
Club Win Loss Games Behind
Modesto Nuts 29 23
Visalia Rawhide 28 25 1.5
San Jose Giants 26 26 3.0
Stockton Ports 25 27 4.0
Bakersfield Blaze 21 31 7.5
South
Club Win Loss Games Behind
Lancaster JetHawks 29 23
Lake Elsinore Storm 26 25 6.5
Inland Empire 66ers 25 27 8.0
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 24 28 9.0
High Desert Mavericks 22 29 10.5

Currently, the Stockton Ports sit in 4th place in the 2nd half standing.  Per the California League Rules the winners of the 1st half and the 2nd half go to the playoffs along with the non-half winner who has the best overall record. For the Stockton Ports to make the playoffs one of two things need to happen.  The first would be for someone other than the Modesto Nuts (like San Jose, Visalia Stockton) to win the 2nd half.  The second would be if the Modesto Nuts were to win the 2nd half, then Ports would need to finish out strong and pull ahead of Visalia in the overall standings.  For the season standings (overall) the Ports are in 3rd place behind Visalia and San Jose.  San Jose won the 1st half so they have already clinched a playoff berth.  The Ports are 3.5 games behind Visalia for second place in the overall standings.

In the southern division the Lancaster JetHawks won the 1st half so they will be in the playoffs.  At this point it looks like the Inland Empire 66ers are a lock for a playoff spot.  As for the 3rd spot right now just about any of the other teams could take it.

Please Note: This post is based on my understanding of the California League playoff rules.  So there is a slight chance I could be mistaken.

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