Monday, September 6, 2010

Florida State League Playoff Preview: Divisional Series

The Florida State League Playoffs begin on Tuesday. Round One of the playoffs is the best of three divisional series in which the first half winners face off against the second half winners. The winners of the divisional series advance to the best of seven championship series. The match ups for the divisional series area:

Dunedin Blue Jays (72-67) vs Tampa Yankees (78-57)
Charlotte Stone Crabs (80-59) vs Bradenton Marauders (76-62)

The Stone Crabs made the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. This time they clinched playoff berth by winning the first half of the season. They will be facing their newest foe, the Bradenton Marauders. It will be a battle of the best pitching in the league (Stone Crabs) versus the best offense in the league (Marauders). The season series between the two clubs was tied 9-9 during the regular season.

Here is how the two clubs match up:

The probable pitching matchups are:

  • Game One: Matt Moore vs Aaron Pribanic
  • Game Two: Joe Cruz vs Brian Leach
  • Game Three (if necessary): Alex Colome vs Nathan Adcock

Game One of the series will be played at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Tuesday. Games Two and Three head to Charlotte Sports Park for Wednesday and Thursday.

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