I’ve felt this way for the last few weeks, through by posting this entry today, it might look like I’m jumping on the bandwagon late.
It’s been a tight, but not very good race in the California League’s South Division for the first half title. However, I think Lake Elsinore is the team to beat. Yes, the Storm is leading the division by two games as I write this, but I think the Storm is the least inconsistent of the South Division’s contenders. It’s hard to call a team that’s 28-29 consistent, but they maintained at least a share of the lead for about a month before briefly falling out about a week ago.
As for the second half, that’s anyone’s guess. There will be a lot of player movement between now and the end of the season, shifting the balance of power. So while I think the Storm will win the South Division first half title, any one of the five teams could be the strongest come September.