Monday 30 July 2012

WMBL Playoff Preview- Melville Millionaires (2nd) vs Moose Jaw Miller Express (3rd)

Melville Millionaires- 2nd in East Division (24-22)

Players to Watch:
#3 Campbell Cooper (1st Base)- .317  2HR  34 RBI 1 SB
#26 Chris Burke (2nd Base)- ..329 4 HR  29 RBI 12 SB
#10 Sebastian Wong (Left Fielder)- .311  0 HR 16 RBI 15 SB  25 BB
#23 Nathan Kirby- 3.33 ERA  4-2 record  48.2 IP 36 K's 17 BB 2 SVs
#21 Allen Rimer- 3.38 ERA 5-2 record 53.1 IP 46 K's 12 BB 3 CG

Moose Jaw Miller Express- 2nd in Central Divison (21-25)

Players to Watch:
#29 Mike Corso- .373  13HR  43 RBI 10BB
#32 Josh Carroll- .264  9HR  32 RBI  20BB
#16 Kevin Gratza- .301  5HR  18 RBI  12BB
#12 Terry McNabb- 4-2 record 67.2 IP  52 K's 11BB 4CG
#6 Dustin Caplette- 3-1 record  36.2 IP  26 K's 6BB

 The Melville Millionaires and the Moose Jaw Miller Express will meet in one of two East-divison Semi-Finals as the Moose Jaw Miller Express cross over from the Central Division. The two teams met 4 times during the 2012 regular season and the Millionaires came out on the winning side 3 times. This East division Semi-final matches up two of the WMBL's most potent offences but the Mils were dealt a major blow when 1st baseman and 2nd year Millionaire John Clark who was the team leader in Home Runs and Runs Batted In, but was forced to go home because of injury. Melville also lost Shortstop AJ Florence and Pitcher Cameron Cox who had to go because of college commitments. But the Mils still do have lots of pop in their line-up with the likes of the red hot Campbell Cooper who has been the team's most consistent hitters through out the season and 2nd baseman Chris Burk who has quietly put together a pretty good overall season at the plate and on the defensive side.
              On the other hand, the Moose Jaw Miller Express boast two of the top power hitters in the league with Mike Corso (13 Home Runs) and Josh Carroll (9 Home Runs) who can break open a ball game with one swing of the bat.
              Despite the offensive ability from both teams both teams can also handle themselves on the defensive/pitching side of things as well, so it should be an interesting series with two teams that are pretty much even as you can get.

Game 1: Tuesday, July 31 @ MEL (7:05PM) Pirie Field
Game 2: Wednesday, August 1 @ MEL (7:05PM) Pirie Field
Game 3: Thursday, August 2 @ MJ (7:05PM)
Game 4: Friday, August 3 @ MJ (7:05PM) *
Game 5: Saturday, August 4 @ MEL (7:05PM) * Pirie Field

* If necessary.

For More on the other series in the WMBL Playoffs, check out WMBL

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