Here are the playoff scenarios for each Angels affiliate.
Salt Lake — The Bees (67-61) currently lead the PCL by 2 1/2 games over Colorado Springs with fifteen games left. That includes five games August 22-26 at Colorado Springs, so we should have a better idea by Sunday evening whether the Bees will have a post-season.
Arkansas — The Travelers (28-26 in the second half, 59-65 overall) are tied with Springfield for first place in the Texas League North. Springfield won the first half. If Springfield wins both halves, then the team with the second-best record in the season goes to the playoffs; the Travs trail Tulsa by 1 1/2 games in the wild card race. If the Travs win the second-half title, then they go to the playoffs against Springfield. Arkansas has 14 games left, including three at home against Springfield and then three to end the season at Springfield.
Rancho Cucamonga — The Quakes (28-29 in the second half, 61-66 overall) are seven games behind Lancaster, which also won the California League South in the first half. In the Cal League, the first-half winners get a bye, while the second-half winners face the wild card in each division. If Lancaster wins both halves, then the second place team (currently Lake Elsinore) qualifies as the second-half winner and faces whichever team had the next-best record. Basically, the Quakes need to make up five games on Inland Empire with 13 games left — none of them against Inland Empire.
Cedar Rapids — The Kernels (29-26 in the second half, 67-57 overall) play in the Midwest League’s West Division, which has eight teams. The East Division has six teams. Needless to say, with that many teams there are a lot more permutations than other leagues. The Kernels’ Media Relations concludes that they’re one game out of the last available slot with fifteen games to play; the team needs to win 12 of 15 to secure a post-season appointment.
Orem — Usually by this time of year, the Tom Kotchman mojo has kicked in and the Owlz are on a roll to the post-season. So far, it’s yet to arrive in 2007. The Owlz (11-9 in the second half, 28-30 overall) have yet to roll off a consistent win streak, although they did win yesterday 22-5 at Missoula. To go to the post-season, they need to finish first in the Pioneer League South. They currently trail Idaho Falls, which won the first half, by only one game with 18 games to go. Dunno what happens if Idaho Falls wins the second half too, whether it’s a wild card situation or Idaho Falls gets a bye.
Tempe — The Tempe Angels have the best overall record at 31-16, but finished one game behind the Peoria Mariners in the first half (19-9) and currently trail the Surprise Royals by 1/2 game in the second half (12-7). The first and second half winners meet in a one-game championship game on August 31. Tempe has nine games left, including one against the Royals.