Three series going the distance to see who will join Honolulu.
1. Montreal Garde Imperiale vs. Philadelphia Bacharach Giants
Series Summary - Philly got off to a 1-0 lead and saved their playoff lives by coming from 4 runs down to win game 4.
Pitching Matchups - Sammy Iglesias vs. Benji Rosa
Prediction - Rosa got the win in game 1 but has not had a very good postseason otherwise. Iglesias got the win in Game 2, giving up 3 runs in the process. Offensively, Henry Wise has been a terror with 12 RBI's and an OPS over 2.000. For Philly, Ryan Blake has stood out, but he is now on the DL. I'm taking Montreal in a squeaker, with Wise taking player of the game.
2. Boston Tea Partiers vs. Scottsdale Sidewinders
Series Summary - Boston was on the ropes after games 1 and 3 but has fought back with wins on both occasions.
Pitching matchups - Victor Sierra vs. Sal Clarkson
Prediction - There is no question that the pitching matchup favors Boston. Sierra has been very good and Clarkson has been a disaster. However, the SIM can do crazy things and a gem from Sal is not out of the question. Offensivley, Kelly Hinch has carried the Sidewinders and was 3-4 in Game 2 vs. Sierra. For Boston, Wendell Reed is the key - he has been slumping but had a very good day against Clarkson. My guess is Boston in a shutout with Sierra taking player of the game.
1. Helena Hustle vs. Chicago Black Sox
Series Summary - Chicago got out to a 1-0 lead with an extra innings win and then lost games 2 and 3 before shutting out Helena in game 4.
Pitching Matchups - Ezdra Mateo vs. Cesar Reyes
Prediction - Mateo has yet to face Chicago in the playoffs but got hammered by LA. Reyes got the start in game 2 and went 8 giving up only 3. Offensively, Mack Shields has been very good for Chicago, batting .353. For Helena, Francis Herzog is the key, and they will need him in order to have a chance in this one. I'm taking Helena, with Herzog taking advantage of Reyes' struggles vs. lefties and claiming player of the game.