By Bruce Baskin
Heading into the final day of the Mexican Pacific League’s first half schedule, the Guasave hold a one-game lead over five teams in perhaps the tightest points race in LMP history.
The Algodoneros are at the top of the leaderboard with a 19-15 record, one game ahead of Los Mochis, Mazatlan, Culiacan, Obregon and Hermosillo (who all sport identical 18-16 marks). Mexicali is two games back at 17-17, while hapless Navojoa is 10-24 and firmly planted in the cellar.
The first half will wrap up tonight with Mochis finishing their three-game series in Obregon, Mazatlan playing in Navojoa, Hermosillo visiting Culiacan and Guasave hosting Mexicali.
The winner of the first half will receive 8.0 points, second place is good for 7.0 and third place will net 6.0 points and so on. How a team finishes in the first half will be important when playoff seedings based on cumulative two-half point totals will be determined at the end of December. The top six teams will advance to the postseason in January.
Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.