If you tuned into your local Cape and Islands NPR station (a service of WGBH) on Thursday morning you heard an interview about the Cape Cod Baseball League season and the upcoming playoffs. WCAI invited me to discuss the season and our fan blog this morning. The interview was short and so we didn't have a chance to offer up some of the analysis about the playoffs that Andrew and I were discussing last night.
Here are a few brief datapoints about the Y-D v. Chatham matchup in the East and the Bourne v. Falmouth matchup in the West:
Y-D Red Sox: The powerful Y-D Red Sox are led by Gordon Beckham (who took the home run crown last night by hitting his 9th) and Sean Ochinko. Before last night's game, Sean was hitting .462 in the last 5 games of the regular season.
After looking at all team stats for current players, Y-D has nearly double the amount of home runs of any other playoff team. Their current players have 40 season home runs. Bourne's current players have 22, Chatham 19, and Falmouth 17. I think we can definitely say they are powerful, though we know that their home field affords many home runs.
The surging Chatham A's led by the incredible Allan Dykstra. Dykstra was hitting .400 in his last 5 games.
Chatham is the only playoff team hitting above .300 (.304) in their last 10 games. Tim Federowicz was hitting .714 in his last five games (before last night's game).
Falmouth's pitching finesse is led by Christian Friedrich and Kyle Gibson (the two combine for 103 strikeouts with 15 total starts). And what can we say about Aaron Crow's 0.67 ERA?
Falmouth may not have the best pitching but they can certainly strike 'em out. They lead all teams with 422 season strikeouts with their active roster.
The depth of the Bourne Braves. After losing a few players, the Braves don't seem to be affected at all. Ben Guez (one of my favorite players of the season) was hitting .450 in his last 5 games before last night.
We will feature the interview as a CodBall Conversation later this week.