Championship Sunday is Set!
Date: Aug 23, 2019
After two weeks of playoff action, the list of 'AA' teams still standing has been whittled down to just four. This weekend will see two more squads eliminated as we move ever closer to determining this year's true championship contenders. Let's take a look at the games on the schedule for Saturday!
(1) NY Twins vs. (2) Bronx Pirates
If an eventual Pirates/Twins playoff showdown has seemed inevitable since the start of the year, it is because the two ballclubs have been eager for the opportunity to stage a rematch of 2018's championship series. But even though it was the Pirates who came out on top last year—winning their third straight NYCMBL title—2019 has been the Twins year so far.
Alex Oates' club won three games against the Buccos during the regular season, including a victory in the season finale that vaulted the Twins past the Pirates as the top playoff seed. The Pirates have responded well since the loss however, winning two playoff games decisively to put themselves one game from the championship series. The Twins, on the other hand, needed a 9th inning rally last week to score a walk-off win against the Railsplitters, so they've tasted a fair bit more opposition in the postseason.
Neither club wants to have to come back on Sunday and play their way into the finals, so expect both managers to pull out all the stops in what could quite well be a preview of the NYCMBL championships.
(5) Yonkers Railsplitters vs. (6) NYC Mud Hens
Few teams in the NYCMBL embody the Railsplitters' mantra of "Stay Annoying" quite like Yonkers and their sixth-seeded opponents on Saturday. Both the Splitters and the Hens have made a living off of being pesky opponents, showing an aptitude for stringing together late-game rallies to bury the opposition. As such, Saturday's game promises to be a lively affair, with plenty of lead-changes and late-game dramatics on display.
The two teams met three times during the regular season, with the Mud Hens taking two games from the No. 5 seed. Both teams already have a loss in the books—the Hens dropped their postseason opener to Too Hot, the Splitters fell in the second round to the Twins—so both ballclubs will be emptying the tanks in order to keep the summer alive. The winner of this game will play the loser of the Twins/Pirates game on Sunday to determine who will move onto the finals.