Series 1 -- Panthers vs Butcherz
Time: 10:45 am – Field 1 (3 Games)
Date: Aug 29, 2015 – Saturday
TagLine: The cleaver is sharpened.
Our other matchup of the first round features two teams with similar records; the middle packed teams, The Panthers and The Butcherz. In recent news we've been told that these teams already hate each other and are already jawing off whenever they run into each other off the field. Brother Amin is already looking into the next round as he thinks the panthers will easily move on. When asked what's in store for stayed has BBQ, Brother Mohamed and Special K of the Butcherz simple said "panther meat with panther bones on the side"
From the looks and sounds of it, this may be one of the best matchups in CSL playoff history. Both teams comes in with similar records, both teams feature a shaky defense but excellent hitting, both teams have age and youth and lastly, both teams got big mouths and lots of energy. We are hoping this can be the series we hope for, but that will depend on which panthers team show up. Panthers do bring more experience and solid veterans like Leo and Shafi. If both guys can be local, have the panthers convert the easy plays, hit line drives, they can take this series. The Butcherz biggest key will be their defensive maturity, they need to make the right plays, hit cut off man everytime and not throw be ball around.
When looking at our leagues history, only about 15% of series go to 3 games. We expect this matchup to add to that number. As mentioned earlier, we expect this to be one hell of a matchup. We expect high scores. A ton of noise, trash talk and maybe even some blood!
Game 1: Butcherz 19, Panthers 15
Game 2: Panthers 21, Butcherz 12
Game 3: Butcherz 14, Panthers 10
Butcherz will grill the panthers this weekend and move on to win their first ever CSL payoff series.
Series 2 – Thunderbirds vs. All Day
Time: 10:45 am – Field 2 (3 Games)
Date: Aug 29, 2015 – Saturday
TagLine: Newbies vs. Oldies
This is a very exciting matchup as team All Day plays its first playoff games of their history. Meanwhile on the other side of town we have the veteran birds who are looking to make the games quick to avoid the joint/muscle pains the next day. Though All Day was in the bottom of the standings, they firmly believe they will upset. Captain Aqib and crew has been seen practicing in the cages during the week and rumor has it they have goals of sending Farooq into early retirement. Members of the Birds on the other hand have been heard saying things such has "Looking forward to batting practice on Saturday against All Day".
With that being said let's look into the teams starting with the under dogs, All Day. This team comes in with a ton of youth, athleticism, speed, rowdiness and simple hitters. Their biggest focus needs to be be defensive end and holding down the long ball, hitting the cut off and stay consistent with hitting. The old birds though they bring experience. Very solid hitting and a sound defensive line. If the birds can play their game, not relax and keep their guard up, we might see a nice sweep.
Though the birds have the way better lineup on paper, we don't expect this to be a blowout. We expect this game to be low scoring with good defensive stops from both teams.
Community Predictions: the Birds will handle business and give All Day something to think about in the off season.
Game1: Birds 12, All Day 8
Game 2: Birds 17, All Day 9