About the Author: Alex Filides 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.
Canvassers 2 Gumballers 0
Canvassers vs. Gumballers
The Canvassers ended up winning the season series, two games to one during the regular season and they also played a tie breaker game, at the end of the regular season, in which, the Canvassers prevailed.
Cy Young candidate Anthony Morin leads the charge for the Canvassers versus another Cy Young candidate, Jeffrey Nitto for the Gumballers. After several seasons in the league, Morin has finally had a break through season, while teams have started to figure out Nitto.
The Gumballers are good at putting the ball in play, but aren’t a big homerun threat. They will need a bit more than stringing a few hits together, which is nearly impossible against a good pitcher. Don McClintock for the Gumballers is a true leadoff hitter with a high on base percentage and can easily leg out a double with his speed. Michael Cohen and Stacy Critchfield basically put
the ball in play and use their speed to get on base. There are really no bad hitters in the Gumballers lineup, but there aren’t any great hitters in their lineup either.
The Canvassers are a bit more dangerous at the plate, in terms of scoring runs. Garcia is a homerun threat, with plenty of speed. Morin has shown he can hit, he’s been the leader for this season and they will need his leadership tomorrow. Rookie of the Year candidtate, Spencer Howard is a welcomed edition to the Canvassers and a key componenent to their success this season. Pete Hackeman can
hit the occasional homerun.
The Canvassers will sweep the series, break the curse of Zigmund and should silence the Barnburners crowd for at least half a season, or at least they meet again in the spring. Nitto is a great pitcher, but will eventually they’ll figure him out. The Gumballers aren’t likely to figure Morin out anytime soon. Best chance for the Gumballers to win this sereies is for the ole fashioned pitcher ejection, although Garcia is decent, he’s not quite at the level of Nitto. HOwever, maybe the knee buckling curve could work it’s magic, if something happens.
At the beginning of the season and never in a million years did I think the Canvassers would be here, but you heard it here first. The Canvasssers will sweep the series 2 games to 0.