SLB 2019: Down to the Wire

 

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We’ve got ourselves a lot of drama coming into the last day of the regular season.

Starting at the bottom of the standings, we’ve got some serious drama as three oft-beleaguered managers in John, G-Doggy, and Craiggers are in an epic battle to jump into the consolation bracket and alter their fortunes in 2020 and beyond.

Head into Sunday, John has the edge in his H2H w/ G-Doggy, even with G-Doggy leading 6-5. There are eight categories up for grabs, so things could swing…but the ball is in John’s court with a good Sunday. Craiggers who looked the most likely to jump into the consolation bracket is getting curb-stomped by Grant, but at least eight categories are up for grabs there as well and Craiggers gobbled up damn-near every legitimate streaming starting pitching going today.

A little further up, we’ve got Adam, Morgan, and Grant all jockeying position for what figures to be the last slot in the playoffs or the top two slots in the consolation bracket.

Coming into the week, Adam held the last playoff spot by 3.5 games over Morgan and 5 games over Grant. The aforementioned curb-stomping of Craiggers has Grant nipping at Adam’s heels, but still in 7th place while Morgan and Adam trade haymakers in a very back-and-forth week with at least seven categories in play on Sunday. Grant’s match-up with Craiggers factors heavily into this one, but for Adam and Morgan – today has to be all about the “win or go home” (to top-seeding in the consolation bracket) mindset.

At the top of the standings, we’ve also got what is arguably the tightest pennant race we’ve seen since the improbably close Jay/Justin “tie” of 2014 with Steven and Graves bouncing back and forth between first and second – seemingly at timed half-hour-intervals – all week long and now, after starting the week separated by a half-game, that’s exactly where they sit coming into Sunday.

Ironically enough, the deciding factor here may or may not even come down to the performances of Steven or Graves; but rather the play of two of the three other fellas who have ever won a pennant. Travis and Justin, respectively, have been laying it on heavy all week to both Steven and Graves and it looks entirely likely that the top two seeds will both stumble into the playoffs off of humbling losses.

Needless to say, it’s going to be a very exciting day with a lot on the line for teams up-and-down the standings. There will be plenty of opportunities for teams to play spoiler, lots of joy, lots of heartbreak, and – for two teams – an end to the 2019 season.

Enjoy the games, y’all!