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Thursday, September 22, 2011

LCS Preview

AL

#6 Montreal Garde Imperiale (91-71) vs. #5 Philadelphia Bacharach Giants (98-64)

Overview
So the two Wild-cards in the AL will meet for a ticket to the World Series. Defending Champ Montreal dispatched Jacksonville 3-1 in teh first round, then proceeded to do the same to division rival Cincinnati, also 3-1. Philly swept Scottsdale before taking care of division rival Durham, 3-1.

Regular Season
The series was split, with Philly at a +7 run differential

Pitching match-ups
Game 1 - Fritz Lynch (14-12) vs. Timothy Crawford (16-7)
Game 2 - Willie Wheat (19-6)vs. Sammy Iglesias (17-5)
Game 3 - Anthony Patterson (11-8) vs. Preston Forster (9-8)

Prediction - Many were writing off Montreal, and to be fair, they certainly didn't appear to be the Montreal of old until the end of the season. Philly is due, and my bet is that they take it in 6 games.

NL

#3 Helena Hustle (97-65) vs. #1 Houston Hangovers (100-62)

Overview
Houston won the WS in Season 19, disappeared in Season 20, and is back in form in Season 21. They swept Honolulu to reach this stage. Helena won a very cometitive NL West, then proceeded to eliminate West rival LA in 4 games, and Chicago in 5.

Regular Season
They spit 10 games, with Helena at a +2 run differential

Pitching Match-ups
Game 1 - Angel Palmeiro (12-9) vs. Willis Floyd (19-7)
Game 2 - Richard Aoki (17-9) vs. Dave Darr (19-6)
Game 3 - Tommy Hardy (13-3) vs. Geraldo Mendez (12-4)

Prediction

As much as I would like to go with the underdog, Houston's starting pitching is too good to bet against. My guees is that Helena steals a game, but Houston wins in 5 to reach another World Series.

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