Revolution will open playoffs at Sugar Land
In a saga that lasted until the final day of the regular season, the York Revolution at long last, after clinching a postseason berth on July 5, know who their opening round opponent is.
York (78-62 overall), who won the Freedom Division first half title by two games over Lancaster with a 41-29 record will play second half-winning Sugar Land (80-60 overall), who took the latter half with a 42-28 record. 42-28 matched Lancaster’s second half record, and the first tie-break of head to head record decided nothing, as it was 10-10. The second tie-breaker is second half games only, in which Sugar Land had a 5-4 edge, giving them the division.
Because Somerset (85-55 overall) won both halves of the Liberty Division, a wild card slot opens up as there are four playoff teams in every Atlantic League postseason regardless. That spot is filled with the club that did not win a divisional half with the best record over both halves, which is Lancaster (81-59 overall).
It ends up shaking out that Lancaster, the club with the second-best overall record in the league this year is the wild card. Surprisingly, after all the success the Revolution have enjoyed this season, they’ll begin the postseason with the worst overall record amongst playoff clubs. However, how any team reached the playoffs now is all moot; half records and whether you’re a wild card or not will all be ancient history when each series kicks off this week. This season, we wound up with four clubs with very impressive win-loss records, and four clubs which enjoyed winning records in all halves, which is rare. Such is the by-product of Bridgeport (47-93) and Camden (48-92) having two of the worst seasons in Atlantic League history within the same year on the eight-team circuit with a balanced schedule.
York and Somerset each chose to host the final three games of the opening round rather than the first two games in a best-of-five, as is the right of the clubs which qualify in the first half. The Revolution’s full playoff schedule is below. TAKE NOTE: York will start on Tuesday, September 23 in Sugar Land with Game 1, Game 2 will be on 9/24. Both teams will fly to York on Thursday 9/25, in order to not fly the morning of Game 3, when playoff baseball returns to Downtown York on Friday, September 26. This was a change from the original schedule released when playoff tickets went on sale, an arrangement made specifically in the event the Revolution would open the playoffs against the Skeeters. (Game 1 was originally scheduled for 9/23, and would have been if Lancaster had won the second half to be York’s opponent.) Lancaster and Somerset will not have any travel days in their series, which will start with Game 1 Wednesday in Lancaster.
Of course, rain postponements are a possibility. Hence the two-day cushion in-between the scheduled end of the divisional round on 9/28 and the Atlantic League Championship Series, which will begin on Wednesday, October 1. To purchase playoff tickets for games at Santander Stadium, go here: http://yorkrevolution.com/2014-playoffs.html
Game 1: York @ Sugar Land, Tuesday, September 23 at 8:05 p.m. (Eastern)
Game 2: York @ Sugar Land, Wednesday, September 24 at 7:05 p.m. (Eastern)
Game 3: Sugar Land @ York, Friday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Game 4: Sugar Land @ York, Saturday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 5: Sugar Land @ York, Sunday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m. (if necessary)
Should the Revolution prevail in the divisional round, the schedule for the 2014 Atlantic League Championship series will be as follows:
ATLANTIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Game 1: Somerset / Lancaster @ York, Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.
Game 2: Somerset / Lancaster @ York, Thursday, October 2, 6:30 p.m.
Game 3: York @ Somerset / Lancaster, Friday, October 3
Game 4: York @ Somerset / Lancaster, Saturday, October 4 (if necessary)
Game 5: York @ Somerset / Lancaster, Sunday, October 5 (if necessary)