Series Preview: FSL South Division Championship vs Palm Beach Cardinals

Palm Beach CardinalsThe Stone Crabs chase their fourth division title as they oppose the Palm Beach Cardinals in the FSL South Division Championship Series. This is the fourth time in seven years that the Stone Crabs have made the playoffs and they are a perfect three for three in the Divisional Series.

But in the way for the Stone Crabs this year is the Palm Beach Cardinals. The season series is tied 9-9 on the year and the Stone Crabs have outscored the Cardinals 72-60. But it has been a tale of two halves when it comes to the series. The Stone Crabs started out with six straight wins to start but they have now lost the last six games of the series. In fact, the Stone Crabs have only one win against the Cardinals in the second half.

The Stone Crabs head into the playoffs with a 69-66 record. While finishing with the best record in the minors in the first half, they struggled in the second half and barely finished above .500. Meanwhile, the Cardinals finished the season with a 75-63 record but have been struggling a bit themselves, losing six of their last ten games.

By the Numbers

Stone Crabs

 

Palm Beach

69-66

Record

75-63

.255

Batting Avg

.238

.344

Slugging Pct

.316

.318

On Base Pct

.313

532

Runs Scored

471

1131

Hits

1061

205

Doubles

188

29

Triples

22

44

Home Runs

38

121

Stolen Bases

129

2.87

Earned Run Avg

2.65

470

Runs Against

438

902

Strikeouts

983

1.20

Walk/Hit per Inning Pitched

1.17

Players to Watch
P Corey Littrell (#30 Cardinals Prospect by MLB.com)
P Trey Nielsen (leads Palm Beach in pitching)
IF Luke Voit (leads Palm Beach in hitting)
P Luke Weaver (#8 Cardinals Prospect by MLB.com)

Matchups
9/8/15: CHA Brent Honeywell (5-2, 3.44) vs PB Corey Littrell (9-9, 2.69) at Roger Dean Stadium (6:35)
9/9/15: CHA German Marquez (7-13, 3.56) vs PB Luke Weaver (8-5, 1.62) at Charlotte Sports Park (6:00)
9/10/15: CHA Chih-Wei Hu (5-6, 3.32) vs PB Luis Perdomo (1-3, 5.13) at Charlotte Sports Park (if necessary)

Travel Guide
The Palm Beach Cardinals play their home games at Roger Dean Stadium which is located at 4751 Main Street in Jupiter, Florida. The stadium is 154 miles or 3 hours and nine minutes from Charlotte Sports Park.

Tickets for games at Roger Dean Stadium can be purchased by visiting www.palmbeachcardinals.com and are $6 for the playoffs. The Cardinals use Ticketmaster for their single game tickets which charges an extra $1.00 service fee. Parking at Roger Dean Stadium is $3.

The official FSL hotel and hotel for the Stone Crabs is the Comfort Inn and Suites located at 6752 West Indiantown Road in Jupiter. Rooms start at about $89 a night. You can call them at (561) 745-7997 or visit their website for more information. more information.

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