No more trade deadline distractions, no more midseason tournaments, and no talk yet of what should happen this offseason, just playoff pushes across the MLB and WNBA. This is always one of the most exciting parts of the season for fans of any sports league, with teams jockeying for playoff position and preparing to go on a run. Let’s take a look at a couple of teams that are doing that very well:
This week’s MLB Team of the Week is the New York Mets! They saw their homestand end with a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds in which no game felt close before taking a series from the Phillies two games to one, with their only loss coming in extra innings. With Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, and Carlos Carrasco all dominating opposing hitters, there is no team in the league poised to head into the postseason with a scarier playoff rotation. While they failed to make up a ton of ground on the Los Angeles Dodgers for the top seed in this postseason, they are in position to earn one of the National League’s two byes under the new playoff format. The Mets may have caught some flak for not adding a superstar at the trade deadline, but their additions of Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf to platoon the DH spot has their lineup looking all sorts of frisky for October baseball. Add Edwin Diaz into the equation, and you have a team that looks like an obvious World Series contender.
This week was the hardest decision of the entire season. We saw the end of the WNBA regular season, and there were multiple teams that really stood out. However, there can only be one Elias Game Plan WNBA Team of the Week, and that team is yet again the Las Vegas Aces. Finding themselves in the2-seed, with a matchup against the 1-seed on the schedule, a win would tie them in the standings and give them the tiebreaker for the top seed. They hosted the Chicago Sky and won the most consequential game of the regular season 89-78 behind a pair of strong performances from Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young. With the top seed in the postseason all but locked up, the Aces just had to go out and top the Storm 109-100 behind a pair of great performances by A’ja Wilson and Chelsea Gray to finish the season as the favorite to win the WNBA Finals this season.