06/21/2016 2:14 PM -
Another week in the WMBL has come and gone, and we are now a third of the way through the 2016 regular season. A few teams are starting to pull away from the pack. It is still early however, and a lot can change in this league in a short amount of time. As of Monday nights games the Swift Current Indians still lead the East Division with a record of 12-4. The Indians have won 7 out of their last 10 contests and sit 2.5 games up on Regina for first place. The Yorkton Cardinals have won 3 straight to occupy third place with a record of 9-8 on the year.
In the West Division the Medicine Hat Mavericks remain on top with a record of 14-3. The Mavs head into an exciting week as they will play a home and home with the second place Lethbridge Bulls. Currently the Bulls sit one game behind the Mavs with a record of 13-4. Tuesday night the Bulls will host the Mavs and they will turn around and do it all over again in Medicine Hat on Wednesday. These will mark the first games between the two division rivals of the season. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top. The Okotoks Dawgs sit in 3rd place through 15 games with a record of 8-7 and the Edmonton Prospects have rattled off 3 straight victories to get back to .500 at 7-7.
There has been no shortage of offense so far this season in the WMBL. Swift Current leads the way in quite a few offensive categories. Through 16 games the Indians are hitting .334 as a team with a .414 OBP. Swift has put up 139 runs, 43 2B and 14 HR so far this season. Not far behind are the Bulls and Mavericks. The Bulls are hitting .321 compared to .289 from Medicine Hat. The Bulls have cracked a league leading 17 HR and 49 2B, and Medicine Hat leads the league in runs scored with 142. A couple more offensive notes on the season: Brooks leads the league in stolen bases with 55, 18 more than any other team. Edmonton has been the toughest team to strikeout with only 68 strikeouts as a team in 14 games.
On the other side of the ball Swift Current again leads the pack with a 3.26 ERA as a team. Next closest are the Mavericks (3.67), Bulls (3.78), and Dawgs (3.96). Swift has allowed a league low 65 runs and 49 earned runs through 16 games. The Yorkton Cardinals top the league in team strikeouts with 134 followed closely by the Bulls with 132. It will be fun to watch the pitchers and hitters adjust as the season continues into the summer.
A quick summary on defense so far this season. Currently the Weyburn Beavers and the Medicine Hat Mavericks lead the league in fielding percentage (.966). Weyburn and Med Hat have only committed 21 and 22 errors respectively.
Lastly we will take a look at league attendance. It was a big week in attendance thanks a lot to Okotoks being at home. The WMBL closed in on 70,000 fans so far this season. Right now the total is 69,096. With Canada Day fast approaching it is plausible to see 100,000 WMBL fans attended by July 2nd. Make sure you come out and support your local team. The weather is only going to get better as we near the end of June and move into July.
Check back next week for another WMBL Weekly Roundup!
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