Tuesday, April 17, 2012

S16 World Series Preview by hurricane384

AL #1 Fargo Bison (106-56)
NL #1 Charlotte Tar Heels (100-62)

#1 Fargo Bison (#2 RS; #11 ERA; #8 Fldg)
Path to the World Series:
Def. #4 Salem Beavers (3-1)
Def. #2 Charleston Cougars (4-0)

Best Position Player (Playoffs)
RF Gorkys James (16/36, 3 2B, 5 HR, 10 R, 16 RBI, 8-game hitting streak)

Best Pitcher (Playoffs)
RHP Ralph Mora (2-0, 13.0 IP, 0.62 WHIP, 0.00 ERA, 14 K, 4 H, 4 BB)

#1 Charlotte Tar Heels (#1 RS; #5 ERA; #1 Fldg)
Path to the World Series:
Def. #5 Syracuse Orange (3-1)
Def. #2 Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0)

Best Position Player (Playoffs)
SS Mac Hyun (10/29, 2 2B, 6 R, 3 RBI, 4-game hitting streak, hit safely in 7 of 8 games)

Best Pitcher (Playoffs)
RHP Domingo Prado (3-0, 19.2 IP, 1.07 WHIP, 3.66 ERA, 13 K, 16 H, 5 BB)

Keys to the Series:
During the regular season the Bison pitching staff gave up 200 dingers…during this post-season, they have somewhat stemmed this tide by only allowing 13 HRs and putting up a WHIP of 1.19. In order for them to be victorious they have to keep up the strong pitching and continue the solid fielding.

The Tar Heels staff allowed 192 HRs during the regular season, but have only allowed 10 this post-season. Although they were the #1 fielding team in the NL during the season, they’ve already committed 6 errors this post-season. They need to tighten up their defense and keep Fargo off the basepaths to win this.

My Two Cents’ Worth:
This should be a classic series. Both teams were tops in walks, so they are going to really stress the opposing pitching staffs. Fargo had 9 players hit 10+ HRs during the regular season, so their line-up is a bit more dangerous than Charlotte’s. Charlotte only had 6 hit 10+, but had 4 go for 30+ HRs. They are a dangerous offense backed up by a more than capable defense and pitching staff. Even though Fargo had more wins during the regular season, I think there are more question marks overall and I don’t believe that their offense will be able to bludgeon Charlotte’s pitching staff as well as it has in the past.
Charlotte in a classic 7-game series.

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