Tonight I wanted to take a moment and look at the playoff picture for the Beloit Snappers and the Midwest League. Here are the 2nd half standings after games on August 15, 2013.
|Cedar Rapids Kernels||34||18||–|
|Quad Cities River Bandits||30||21||3.5|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||23||29||11.0|
|Kane County Cougars||19||32||14.5|
|Great Lakes Loons||31||21||–|
|Bowling Green Hot Rods||31||22||0.5|
|South Bend Silver Hawks||31||22||0.5|
|Lake County Captains||27||25||4.0|
|West Michigan Whitecaps||24||26||6.0|
|Fort Wayne TinCaps||19||33||12.0|
In the Midwest League 4 teams from each division advance to the playoffs. The 1st and 2nd place teams for both divisions from the first half make the playoffs. The 1st and 2nd place teams from the 2nd half also advance to the playoffs. Here are the rest of the rules: (taken from the MiLB website)
- **If the first-place team in the second half has already qualified as a first-half entrant (either as Champion or Wild Card), then the team finishing in second place in the second half shall qualify as the “Second-Half Champion.”
- **If the second place team in the second half has already qualified (as a First-Half Champion or Wild Card or Second-Half Champion) then the team finishing in third place in the second half shall qualify as the “Second-Half Wild Card.”
- **If the third place team in the second half has already qualified (as a First-Half Champion or Wild Card), then the team finishing in fourth place in the second half shall qualify as the “Second-Half Wild Card.”
The Beloit Snappers won the Western Division and the South Bend Silver Hawks won the Eastern Division in the 1st half so they are in the playoff picture. Also included thus far is the Cedar Rapids Kernels from the Western Division and the Fort Wayne TinCaps from the Eastern Division. They are both wild card teams.