Last week, the long-awaited beginning of the WNBA postseason finally came, while the MLB saw a lot of teams continue their pursuit of a spot in October baseball. Albert Pujols’ run at 700 home runs is captivated baseball fans around the country, while the Dodgers continue an incredible run towards another potential first-place finish. The WNBA saw Las Vegas, Seattle, Chicago, and Connecticut advance to the Semi-Finals. One of those four teams is going to be our next WNBA Champion.
A clean sweep of the Cincinnati Reds and a pair of solid wins over the Pittsburgh Pirates saw the Philadelphia Phillies start the week 6-0 before a loss to the Pirates led them to finish last week a league-best 6-1. Kyle Schwarber strengthened his NL-leading home run total while Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson each started games that saw the Phils sweep their opponents. Philadephia is making a hard run at an NL Wild Card spot and if they keep playing this way they’ll have no trouble locking it up.
Last week saw the Storm sweep the Mystics, take a 1-0 lead over championship favorite Las Vegas, and have franchise legend Sue Bird become the WNBA’s all-time leader in playoff assists. For this reason, the Seattle Storm are the Elias Game Plan WNBA Team of the Week. Jewell Loyd put up a statement game in a game one victory over the Aces and Breanna Stewart flirted with a triple double, going for 21-10-8 in Game 2 against Washington.