Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Playoff Preview - G1: Lancaster @ Lake Elsinore

The JetHawks go to the playoffs to face Lake Elsinore, who have one of the coolest caps in baseball. If I was a baseball player, I'd focus too much on the hat, and then I'd strike out looking on three pitches, intimidated by The Eyes.

Season Series: Lake Elsinore leads the season series 16-9. The JetHawks started the season 0-12 at Lake Elsinore, and didn't win their first game there until July 25, ending up 1-13 at Wherever Lake Elsinore Plays.

JetHawks starter: Tyson Perez

Perez was the Astros' 17th Round pick in 2011, and advanced from Greeneville in 2011 straight to Lancaster for the 2012 season. He ended his first full-season campaign 9-5 with a 5.03 ERA/1.51 WHIP, with 1.4 HR/9, and 79K:32BB in 120IP.

He's faced the Storm four times this season, throwing 21.2IP, 26H/13ER, 19K:7BB. At Lake Elsinore, he threw 12.2IP, 13H/9ER, 10K:5BB, 4HR.

Storm starter: Matt Andriese

Andriese was the Padres' 3rd Round pick in 2011, and compiled an impressive 146IP, 140H/58ER, 131K:38BB with a 3.58 ERA/1.22 WHIP. At Lake Elsinore, he has a 2.15 ERA, allowing 55H/17ER, 65K:18BB in 71IP.

This will be the 8th meeting between Andriese and the JetHawks. In 35.1IP, he has allowed 31H/13ER, 27K:10BB. But at home against the JetHawks, the guy is sick: 22IP, 14H/2ER, 14K:4BB.