Nov 1, -- With the whole country almost ready to host the 53rd National Baseball Series, Ciego de Avila and Industriales appear to be, like Villa Clara and Matanzas, top contenders not only to continue to the second phase of the tournament, but also to win the coveted trophy.
Ciego de Avila: the team with the strongest and most comprehensive list as to the 3 levels of the game is concerned (offensive, defense and pitching), is directed by Roger Machado. He took the team to the first national title in the 51st edition, and the crown of the III Challengers Baseball Tournament of Canada, last August.
They must also maintain their typical defense, which has helped many times to master, almost perfectly, the close game, in which they have won been victorious in recent Seasons.
With all the machinery set, Los Tigeres will have to win more than 25 challenges in the first half and advance to the second one. It will be one of the most difficult teams to beat in the post season, especially with the inclusion of reinforcements.
Industriales: Cuban baseball team logo, which boasts the highest number of crowns (12) in the National Baseball Series history and the largest number of titles consecutively achieved (4), as well as the one that arouses passions among fans all over the country, loved by some and hated by others.
Steeped in tradition, Lázaro Vargas’ team includes three brothers, among whom the figure of Yuliesky stands out, the best Cuban baseball player in recent times, someone who must provide much with their offensive and defense at 3rd base.
Although not for a lack of batting, the capital’s Los Leones will present the most powerful offensive team for this campaign, despite having lost its natural first batter, who also happened to be one of the largest producers of runs in the previous season.
Advancing to the 2nd round and later to the playoffs, it seems feasible for the team with one of the best technical and tactical disciplines in the field at the batter's box, but one that is not yet ready to take the title for the inexperience of its pitching staff. For this to happen, it will be of the greatest upsets in the history of the National Baseball Series.
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