Philadelphia Bacharach Giants (98-64) vs. Helena Hustle (97-65)
Helena owner ncapodagli has, in 3 seasons, gone from 63 wins to the World Series. It is the first appearance for the franchise in the WS, and would be the first WS win for ncapodagli. Philly owner kylepeak72 has built his team into a powerhouse, but this is their first (as well as his first) appearance in a WS. In any event, we will have a new World Series winner for the first time since Season 17.
Helena won their first NL West title since Season 13 with their best record since Season 12. They beat LA in 4 games, Chicago in 5, and came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Houston in 7. Philadelphia claimed the first Wild Card spot with a 98-64 record. They swept Scottsdale, beat Durham in 5, and defeated Montreal in 6.
Game 1 - Timothy Crawford (16-7) vs. Angel Palmeiro (12-9)
Game 2 - Willie Wheat (19-6) vs. Tommy Hardy (13-3)
Game 3 - Anthony Patterson (11-8) vs. Richard Aoki (17-9)
Both teams produced runs during the season. Helena had the better pitching staff, and Philly the better fielding unit. Helena could be a team of destiny, but I think that it is finally Philly's time. Philly in 6.