Friday, January 23, 2009

Cinderella meets the Manic Maulers in World Series

For the first time in the history of The Bigs, a six seed has made the World Series. In fact, Vancouver's presence as the National League champions marks the first time in world history that any team lower than a four seed has made the fall classic. The Golden Otters have taken down some big names in the NL to get to this point, with series wins over the three seed Salt Lake City, the second seeded Fargo Dirtbags and the fourth seeded Atlanta Bandits.

But their final opponent may prove to be their most difficult yet this postseason. The American League champion Milwaukee Manic Maulers have made it to their second straight World Series and have done so both times as the number one seed. Milwaukee recorded the best record in The Bigs this season with 103 wins and 59 losses and, after a first round bye, defeated the Las Vegas Gamblers and Louisville Legends to reach the World Series.

Vancouver has been led on offense this postseason by LF Travis Ryan who has hit .391/.435/.766 with 6 homeruns and 11 RBI. Oswaldo Astacio has been dominant on the hill for the Golden Otters, amassing a 4-1 record with a 2.04 ERA in five starts.

Milwaukee has marched to the World Series behind the bat of Eric Speier and the arm of 2-time Cy Young winner Vin Solano. Speier has hit .375/.390/.750 with 4 homeruns while Solano has racked up a 3-0 record and 1.69 ERA in four starts.

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