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World Series Preview!

posted Aug 29, 2015, 6:43 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Aug 29, 2015, 7:10 AM ]

The preliminary rounds of the 2015 WWL Playoffs are in the books.  The Oatka Quackers defeated the Burnwash Bombers to represent the Main St. Division by a score of 2-0.  In the East Ave Division, the Livingston Lightning advanced to play the top-seeded Washburn Workhorses due to a  Mumford Suns forfeit.  This is the second straight year the Mumford Suns had to forfeit their opening playoff game and they still remain as the most dangerous and mysterious team in WWL Playoff history.  The Workhorses would go on to beat the Lightning 1-0 to advance to their fourth-straight World Series and remain a perfect 9-0 on the season.

Quackers. Workhorses. Sound familiar?  This is the fourth consecutive year that these two teams have faced off in the World Series. Lets break down the numbers throughout the past three series.

The Quackers have outplayed the Workhorses over the last three years by outscoring them 32-8 and sweeping each series 2-0.  Three players have been a part of all six games between these two franchises (OAT: Regis Pollard and Jordan Shelton. WAS: Mike Anderson.), two have been a part of four of six games (WAS: Cody Hammond and Eli Beard), and four are rookies (OAT: Tommy Taylor, Alex Hall and Ian Hall WAS: Chris Wilson).

Cody Hammond opted to sign with the Washburn Workhorses instead of the Oatka Quackers this past offseason.  He has only seen time in the World Series as a Quacker and looks to be the extra spark that the Workhorses need to break out of the three-year slump.  Hammond’s career numbers at the plate are .320 with 3 Doubles, 4 Walks, 2 RBIs and 13 Ks.

Regis Pollard and Jordan Shelton have been propelling the Quackers to their success in the past.  The tandem has put together .493 average with 5 Doubles, 3 Triples, 2 HRs, 13 Walks, 19 RBIs, and 14 Ks in 6 games.

Expect this game to be a pitchers duel as some of the top pitchers in the league will make starts.  Regis Pollard leads all pitchers with 68 strikeouts, Mike Anderson trails him by recording 38, and Cody Hammond and Eli Beard combined for 31.  Ian Hall will see some time as he has had a successful year thus far recording 23 Ks.

Prediction:         Game 1:  Washburn Workhorses 4 - 2 Oatka Quackers

                             Game 2:  Oatka Quackers 3 - 2 Washburn Workhorses

                             Game 3:  Oatka Quackers 0- 1 Washburn Workhorses

Pitching has been the main strength of the Washburn Workhorses as they are coming off their best season in franchise history.   They have the best bullpen in the league and they have the chance to sweep the series.  However, the Oatka Quackers are a dangerous team when they are hitting and you can’t count them out.  They should find a way to come away with a win especially with Regis Pollard on the mound. Overall, the Washburn Workhorses should prevail and Mike Anderson will win his first championship as a manager.