Sunday, April 11, 2010

League Championship Series

Dover Dozers vs. Burlington MAPS
The #1 seed vs. the #6 seed. Truly David and Goliath in the American League. 32 wins and seven World Series trophies seperate them. The Dover franchise is playing in its first postseason. The MAPS on the other hand have won 105+ games in ten straight seasons. These two franchises are as far apart as you will find in all of HBD. And yet here they are playing for a World Series berth.

History:  Dover standing four wins of the World Series because of a trade these two teams made in S13. neldozer shipped uber-pitching prospect Mariano Perez to froidl for catcher Crash Purcell and pitchers Cliff Dessens & Carlos Nunez.

In the two seasons with Dover:
Purcell:  .312/.376/.568 - 85 HR, 232 RBI, 207 R - Season 13 AL ROY
Dessens: 31-22, 3.99 ERA, 80 GS, 527 IP, 349 K - won 4 rings w/ MAPS
Nunez: 69 SV, 12-15, 3.86 ERA, 152 G, 158 2/3 IP, 149 K - won 5 rings w/ MAPS

This Season: The MAPS took 8 of ten. Dover won the first two games and the MAPS finished with 8 straight over Dover. Santos Lopez crushed the Dozers. He batted .343 (12 for 35) with 4 HR, 11 RBI, 10 R. Lopez only had 2 hits in 12 at bats in the ALDS vs K.C.

Ruben Ramirez started two of the three games in the ALDS and won both. In 11 innings vs K.C., he only allowed 4 hits and 1 earned run. His numbers in two games against Dover during the regular season are very similar: 2-0, 10 IP, 7 H, 3 ER.

Trenton Capitols vs. New Orleans Flashers
Although it has been awhile, these two franchises have faced off in the playoffs five times. Trenton walked away the victor in four of those five, including two NLCS matchups. dedelman's Capitols had its lowest winning percentage in 14 seasons but have found their way to within four wins of its record sixth NL pennant. New Orleans is looking for NL pennant number three.

This Season: New Orleans and Trenton split their season series 5-5. Pitching was the deciding factor in most of those games. Each team pitched two shutouts against each other. And nine times an opposing team was held to two runs or less.

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