Time: 10:45 am – Cantiague Park, Field D (Best of 3 Games)
Date: Sep 19, 2015 – Saturday
TagLine: Winner Takes All.
This is the moment CSL nation has been waiting for. The final for season 9 is set, and the matchup is drooping with excitement. DC enjoyed a phenomenal regular season as the number one seed. They faced a serious challenge via the Panthers, but prevailed in three thrilling games. On the other hand, Clockwork faced the rookies All Day, and swept the boys in red. Though they were tested in an emotional second game, the true test comes this Saturday. "
Clockwork have been penned the favorites to win it all from before the season started. Though they started the season slow, they picked up quickly and let the CSL world know not to take them lightly. They have talent all around. They have power, speed, great pitching, and very capable defenders. Junior and Mike have been hitting the long ball for CW all season. David has been a table setter with great speed, and uncanny ability to find gaps in the outfield. Jonathan has done much of the same for the men in black. Their pitcher Ahmad has really developed throughout the season, and is enjoying a terrific season. He could be the X factor.
DC has similar aspirations as their captain Salman has stated that this season is championship or bust. Getting to the finals is a fine feat but the men in navy blue have their eyes set on the ultimate prize. With Raheel steering the ship, DC have assembled a team with good hitters, and a very strong defense. DC has excellent power hitters in Masoom, Kunal, and Faizan. They also have very good overall hitters in Salman, Hassan, Shadesh, Tom, Ahmer, the rest of the crew and perhaps the season 9 MVP Raheel. The key to winning has been how they've adjusted their defense based on the situation on hand; they may have a great 1-10 lineup but let’s not forget how defensively sound they've been.
The finals will feature a lot of drama, emotion, and maybe even some controversy. Both teams will have to keep their emotions in check as the big stage sometimes gets teammates jawing at each other. Now when looking at the matchup both teams have strong hitters so we predict all 3 (yes 3 games) to be in the double digits. The decisive factor will be the defense. Both CW and DC have shown that they have guys in the outfield that can make plays. However, CW’s outfield hasn’t been as tested. The bats of DC will test this outfield to see what they are made of. However, can Ahmad neutralize the bats of DC, or will the OF be running after balls over their head?
Keys To Winning:
On Defense: Don’t give good pitches to Mike and Junior. Make them chase. No Need to play deep, there is a fence. Sure up your left side. The CW doesn’t go opposite field.
On Offense: Be patient with Ahmad. He will lose the strike zone. Masoom and Kunal need to adjust to the short fence. Have faith in your original DC guys…they will come through.
On Defense: Insert speedy outfielders because Masoon, Kunal, and Ahmer will find the gaps. Avoid big innings. Don’t be afraid to walk some of their heavy hitters. Be ready to make adjustments if needed. Have faith in your pitcher.
On Offense: Must realize that Mike, Junior, et car deep fly ball hitters. That may need to change with short fence. Don’t look for walks, be aggressive. Bat only 10 guys. Put your best fielders in LCF, SS, and RCF.
Will coach Hamdy lead his boys to the promise land like he’s mentioned? Or will Captain Salman rally his troops to their ultimate goal? Be ready for some serious entertainment, some trash talking, and a usual bit of controversy. We expect all 3 games to be close and offensively focused. Here is our guess:
Game 1: Diamond Cutterz 16, Clockwork 14 (Extra Innings)
Game 2: Clockwork 18, Diamond Cutterz 12
Game 3: Diamond Cutterz 12, Clockwork 10
The DC Boyz will help Salman lift his first CSL cup