2018/19 ABL R5 – Adelaide v Canberra
13 Dec 2018 19:30 AEST
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Canberra hits the road to face Adelaide in a crucial Brut Australian Baseball League series at West Beach, starting Thursday night.
If the playoffs started today, the Cavs would be pipped by the Bite for a spot in the inaugural Wildcard Game.
While both teams still have plenty of time to move into the top-two in their division – and guarantee a playoff berth – Canberra risks falling further back in the race for best third-placed record.
Adelaide has a three-game lead over the Cavalry after four rounds, placing extra importance on this weekend’s inter-divisional match-up.
The Bite are one of the league’s hottest teams, winning seven of their past 10 and sweeping Geelong-Korea last weekend.
Adelaide’s offence warmed up last weekend while they also got their best start out of Michael Gahan to start the season.
The Bite’s one-two punch of Markus Solbach and Kurt Heyer continues to be one of the best in the league.
They will be sure to give Canberra’s battling offence a tough time.
The Cavs are averaging 2.9 runs per game, down from 7.4 a game last season.
But starters Steven Kent, Frank Gailey and Shota Imanaga have done their best to keep Canberra in games.
The trio have a combined ERA of 1.80 since round two.