Havana, Sep 22 (ACN) The confrontation between Industriales and the local Holguín, two of the four teams that share second place, stands out from today in the Calixto García stadium as the fourth private sub-series of the 60th National Baseball Series begins.
It is true that the digits, especially in baseball, do not show clearly what happens in a field; but the statistics inherent to Leones and Cachorros, which present a balance of five victories and two defeats, make an interesting comparison possible; both teams are barely one game away from the leader Santiago de Cuba (6-1).
Mentor Guillermo Carmona’s Leones are second in the tournament in the pitching teams department (3.36), behind Granma (3.29) and ahead of Villa Clara (3.70), the only teams whose effectiveness in pitching is below 4.0 earned runs per game, when the overall average of the series is 5.40.
In addition, Industriales is third in batting (335), precisely behind the Cachorros from Holguin (362), a vital department that commands the national vice-champion Camagüey with an astronomical average of 371; the general average is 300.
But the capital’s Azules have disappeared 11 Teammate balls as well as Holguin and Mayabeque, threesome surpassed by the monarch exponent Matanzas (13).
Los Leones’ lineup will feature their designated Lisbán Correa, who has five home runs and shares leadership with outfielders Jorge Luis Peña (HOL) and Leonardo Urgellés (IJV).
For today’s first match, Jose Pablo Cuesta (IND) and Ruben Rodriguez (HOL) have been announced as the openers.
In another match that will begin this Tuesday, Las Avispas de Santiago de Cuba could cling to the top as they face the pale cast of Artemisa, owner of two victories and five defeats. Santiago de Cuba has barely connected two home runs; but its roster includes 19 doubles, leader in that offensive department.
This first match, which will be played at the Guillermón Moncada stadium, will be opened by Pedro Agüero (SCU) and Geonel Gutiérrez (ART).
The remaining sub-series will be played by Guantánamo-Pinar del Río (Luís Martín-Erlys Casanova); Granma-Isla de la Juventud (César García-Franky Quintana); Las Tunas-Villa Clara (José Armando Peña-Oscar Hernández); Camagüey-Cienfuegos (Yusney Saborit-Abel Campos) and Sancti Spíritus-Matanzas (Pedro Álvarez-Dariel Góngora), always in the field of the former.
The sub-series Ciego de Avila-Mayabeque will be played in a neutral stadium: the Victoria de Girón yumurino, in accordance with the current epidemiological situation. Vladimir García will take the ball for the Tigers, while Yadián Martínez will do so for the Hurricanes.
The statistics show a tie in the first place of batting between Yosvany Millán, second-base man from Holguin and Raico Santos, outfielder from Granma, who have a high average of 556, both with 10 jits in 18 times to bat.
And in the individual pitching order, the applause for Reinier Rivero and Dariel Góngora, pitchers from Matanzas, who have not permitted runs in 7.1 and 7.0 innings, respectively; Leandro Martínez (0.60) from Granma and Yander Guevara (0.68) from Ciego de Ávila, who have also escaped in this batting festival.
(Taken from ACN)