The Championship final is coming.
The Calgary Vipers played the Tucson Toros six times earlier this season. The Vipers won 2 of 3 games at home in late June, and got swept on the road in early August. All the games the two teams were scheduled to play in Calgary later in August were rained out… but don’t call this a make-up series.
Any post I’ve written this year that involves the Tucson Toros (including a few TPS Reports) can be found here. Consider it as your homework some light reading.
Toros To Watch:
- Lino Garcia, OF #37, has scored almost every time he’s been on base during the playoffs.
- Andre Marshall, OF #38, leads Tucson with a .353 AVG and a .588 SLG in the playoffs.
- Junior Spivey, IF #7, has been patient at the plate these playoffs with a .429 OBP.
- Dustin Yount, 1B #19, has Robin Yount‘s DNA.
- All of the pitching staff, especially Lorenzo Barcelo, RHP #20, and Vince Davis, RHP #16. They’ve been pitching phenomenally in the playoffs.
Vipers To Watch:
- The Real #14 Jorge Mejia, 2B, is back, baby! He’s batting .526 in the playoffs to lead all Vipers.
- Sergio Pedroza, RF #11, leads Calgary is 9 RsBI and is slugging to the tune of .833
- Clutch Rick Guarno, C #5, batting .500 with four doubles to go with his usual spectacular defence.
- Fehlandt Lentini, CF #42, has stolen 4 more bases than the entire Toros team these playoffs. (Feh 4, Toros 0)
- Isaac “Hayes” Hess, RHP #10, has put together the best start (1.50 ERA) of the playoffs for the Vipers.
Here’s the way I see it. The Vipers have the proven offence, and the Toros have the stingy pitching. If the Toro’s bats get hot(ter), they could win this series; but if the Vipers pitching picks it up – like we know it can – then Calgary should come out on top.
PC Evan Greusel has been good out of the bullpen for the Vipers these playoffs, which gives them added depth. Joe Sergent has only had one bad inning, and Dallas Mahan has been his regular reliable self. Opponents are hitting a mere .111 off Closer Mac Suzuki. The bullpen (Hughes, Oliver, Sikaras) is a bit shaken up right now, and their resurgence could be the key if the starters can’t go deep.
Most self-servingly importantly, Calgary’s record this season vs Tucson is a perfect 2-0 when I’m in attendance. I plan on attending three games this series. It’s a best of five. Go Vipers!