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The Podcast About Division III Baseball

May 8, 2018

Welcome to Episode 15 of The Podcast About Division III Baseball. 16 of the 40 automatic bids have been clinched, and the regional field will be set in less than a week. Before we head into the last week of the regular season, we wanted to take a snapshot of the postseason picture and give an initial look at oh-so-terrifying at-large bubble. This episode has two primary parts:

  • Rapid fire reviewing the conference tournament results thus far (at 2:24)
    • We scroll down the Playoff Central page (so we go alphabetically) and run through all the conference tournament results thus far, with a few quick thoughts on some of the more entertaining tourneys, and the some of the more surprising results. 16 teams have clinched automatic bids. 
  • Our first look at the at-large bubble
    • First, we offer our usual disclaimers about what this conversation is, and what we are aiming to do with our bubble preview (at 12:40)
    • Presenting THE BUBBLE as it currently stands (on the evening of Monday, May 7th)
      • Pool B favorites and possibilities (at 16:00)
        • UW-Whitewater, UW-Oshkosh, Case Western
      • Pool C tiers 
        • The teams that we feel are fairly safe (at 17:30)
          •  TCNJ, CNU, Ramapo, Redlands, Cortland, Trinity (TX)
          • Other conference runner-ups that could be in good position to get an at-large (NCAC, OAC, LEC, ODAC)
        • The teams that are in good position but not quite locks (at 25:50)
          • Heidelberg, Berry, Case Western
        • The teams that have strong resumes but will need a good amount of help (at 33:20)
          • Alvernia, La Verne, Texas-Tyler, Rutgers-Camden
          • Empire 8 runner-up?
        • The teams that will need *a lot* of help (at 38:30)
          • Wash U, Piedmont, Methodist,  Johns Hopkins, MIT, UW-La Crosse, UW-Stevens Point
          • CCIW runner-up
  • Then we wish you all the best of luck and say goodbye.

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