Here are the current South Division SECOND HALF standings as of today:
|South Division||Wins||Loses||Win %||Games|
|Orange County Flyers||15||12||0.556||1||12|
|St. George RoadRunners*||16||14||0.533||1.5||12|
|Long Beach Armada||12||14||0.462||3.5||12|
*First Half Winner
The winner of the second half will be determined by winning percentage because of the unbalanced scheduled created when the Tijuana Potros were put on hold. Basically because each team does not play the same number of games, the winner is based on winning percentage, not necessary the number of wins a team has.
Therefore, in looking at the remaining 12 games (or 8 for Yuma), in order for the Armada to make the playoffs, it's not just about narrowing the gap of being 3.5 games back, the winning percentage for each team ahead of Long Beach is the key factor.
If the Long Beach Armada were to win 9 of its final 12 games to make the playoffs, the team would have a final record of 21-17 for a winning percentage of 0.553 in the second half. That would mean each other team in the South Division would need to see its winner percentage slip below that mark. Here is the breakdown...
Where Teams Can Finish
|St. George RoadRunners*||12||8||4||24||18||0.571|
|Orange County Flyers||12||7||5||22||17||0.564|
|Long Beach Armada||12||9||3||21||17||0.553|
|St. George RoadRunners*||12||7||5||23||19||0.548|
|Orange County Flyers||12||6||6||21||18||0.538|
So what does it all mean?
It means if the Armada does go on to win nine of its final 12 games, then it would need each of the other teams in the South Division to finish with the records and winner percentages listed below the Armada's 21-17 (0.553) mark. Basically the team needs to win four more games than Tucson the rest of the way (thus being 3.5 games back of the Toros right now).
Now those teams could win more or less games than the numbers I put up there. Those are just to show - relative to the Armada getting very hot - the limits of where other teams in the South Division can finish to either barely make or barely miss the playoffs ahead of or behind the Long Beach Armada.