2016/17 ABL R7 – Adelaide v Canberra
07 Jan 2017 19:30 AEST
Round 7 of the 2016/17 Australian Baseball League season features Adelaide v Canberra.
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CANBERRA (13-11) at ADELAIDE (12-12)
Though few games separate places two-four on the league ladder, right now the key battle for second place will play out in Adelaide this weekend, as the third-place Bite host the second-place Cavalry. Canberra hosted Adelaide back in Round 3, and won the series 3-1.
This weekend will be a Battle of the Bats in a state where baseballs tend to fly over the fences. The Bite and Cavalry rank first and second in the league in most major offensive categories, and both respective offences have shown a propensity for the dramatic – be it home runs, late-inning comebacks, or double-digit run totals.
In terms of offensive production, Adelaide have transformed from one of the worst teams in the league to one of the best. They’ve scored a league-high 131 runs as a team, a total that saw some major additions in last weekend’s high-scoring series in Brisbane. The Bite also rank second in the league in home runs (21), and have the two men at the top of the individual leaderboard on their roster.
As they’ve been all season, the Cavalry are the most dangerous team in the batter’s box, with a .296 team batting average and 24 team-slugged home runs. Canberra’s pitching has also improved since the beginning of the season, now ranking third in team ERA (4.37), and getting strong performances from pitchers like Louis Cohen, whose outing last weekend earned him an award, and the duo of starter Sean Guinard and reliever Andrew Case, who combined for a seven-inning complete-game shutout in Round 6.
Players to watch: Boss Moanaroa (CAN), David Kandilas (CAN), LeDarious Clark (ADE), Marcus Greene, Jr. (ADE)
Series prediction: Bite win, 3-1
Reason: Logic. The Bite have been good at home, the Cavalry have struggled on the road.