About the Author: Felix Fernandez is the guy most of the league hates for no reason, and some of the league hates for very good reasons. He’s aggressive in the game, eats, sleeps and breathes wiffleball, and left the winning run in two postseason series stranded on third base.
The DC Twits will play the Barnburners this Sunday for the 2014 spring World Series championship. The Twits had defeated the Barnburners during the regular season two years ago, however that was with a stiff wind blowing in and the Barnburners trying to jack homeruns.
The wind appears to slightly favor the Barnbuners this time around. The Twits have enough offense to be able to score at least a couple of runs with several strong hitters in the lineup and with power. Their ace, Stephen Crawford has greatly improved from the time he stepped into the league approximately 3 years ago, with this year possibly being his best season yet from the mound. Daniel Lockbaum will be the key, if he can hit with consistent power and if the guys in front of him, get on base, they have a chance. Crawford most likely won’t shut them down completely, his job will be to keep them in the game by keeping the Barnburners offense to
two runs or less.
After Cy Young award winner Jake Tomko left, the Barnburners had at least one person they could rely on to shut down the opponent, first it was Colin Gannon and then it was Jack Shannon. This year, it was Ty Fletcher, except he is out of the series with an injury. Allowing 4 runs to the Suns Out Guns Out team, with no Will McNally is a bit of a concern for the Barnburner pitching staff. They need to find someone that is willing to step it up.
However, with all of the factors taken into consideration, there is only one thing that matters. The Barnburners are the team that gets the job done when it matters the most. The Twits do have the talent to pull off the upset, but I have to go with history and common sense. Barnburners will end up winning the series 2 games to 0 over the DC Twits.
Keys for the Twits:
- Crawford shutting down the Barnburners in the first inning.
- Crawford holding the Barnburers to two runs or less
- Daniel Lockbaum coming up big.
Keys for the Barnburners:
- Playing “small ball” when they need to.
- Smart aggressive baserunning.
- Not being overly aggressive at the plate against Crawford.