07/30/2013 11:00 PM
By Colton Hordichuk
The Red Sox (22-25) are heading into the post-season on a six game losing streak. While their first-round opponents, the Melville Millionaires (29-18), won eight of their last ten to conclude the 2013 Western Major Baseball League regular season. Head-to-head, the Millionaires won the season series 6-2.
Leading the charge at the plate for the Red Sox is Austin Drummonds with a .343 batting average. Not only has Drummonds provided 49 hits in 40 games played, but he has also registered 26 runs and has one out of the seven Red Sox home runs during the regular season.
Third basemen Kevin Biro and outfielder Matt Helms share the spotlight for the Millionaires. Biro hit .366 in 2013, while Helms hit .363. Combined, they have 109 out of the Millionaires’ 453 hits, and 62 out of their 291 runs.
The Red Sox have a handful of solid starting pitchers including Allan Sanchez (5-3, 2.25), Cory Carter (2-0, 3.55), William Shell (3-3, 2.95) and Ryne Drummonds (5-4, 3.16).
For the Millionaires, domination is an understatement in regards to Homero Ortiz’s performance on the mound this past season. Ortiz never lost a single game and won seven. He struck out 40 and finished with an ERA of 1.50.
The Red Sox finished the season bruised up, which played a factor down the stretch. Both catcher Chris Untereiner and pitcher Cory Carter missed time due to injuries. Also, Cody Maas has favored an injury all season. All three players are extremely important to the Red Sox, and hopefully they will be ready for game one on Wednesday night.
Experience as an Asset
Untereiner, Maas, Chase Benfield, Hector Rivera, Geoff MacDonald, Ryne Drummonds, Jarret Duchscher, and Ryan Brezinski are all returning players from last year’s Red Sox championship team. These guys will be looked at for leadership on and off the field.
Forget About the ‘Three-peat’
All season, fans, players, and coaches are very familiar with the Red Sox opportunity to ‘three-peat’ this season. The Red Sox need to forget about such a feat, and focus on winning one game at a time; especially without home-field advantage in the first round.
All season, the Red Sox have been a team of streaks. Take the last 12 games of the 2013 campaign for example. The Red Sox won six, then lost six. If the they can get hot, early on in the playoffs it’s going to be awfully difficult for any team to slow them down
Regina Red Sox 2013 First-Round Playoffs Preview
Game 1: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 7:05 p.m. in Melville.
Game 2: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 7:05 p.m. in Melville.
Game 3: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 7:05 p.m. in Regina.
*Game 4: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:05 p.m. in Regina.
*Game 5: Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 7:05 p.m. in Melville.
* - If neccessary