After making up 6 games in 6 days, Montreal is on the verge of one of the greatest late season runs in ARod history. Going into the last series of the season, the Maroons trail Charlotte by one game for the final playoff spot. The odds seem to be against Montreal completing the comeback, as they face a tough Cincinnati squad for their final three, while Charlotte visits the 97-loss Sante Fe Sluggers. But hey, the odds were against them getting it this close!
The Maroons have been
getting key contributions from a couple of rooks, in Louis Foster (26
HR) and ROY front-runner Casey Adams who has put up a .315/.400/.493
line while playing gold-glove caliber centerfield. Veteran Enos Hoffman
has been the big run producer in the middle of the line-up, with his
team-leading 35 HR and 109 RBI. 2B Keith Rivera had been a force as
well, belting 27 HR while driving in 106.
But the big story has
been the Montreal bullpen. The late inning trio of Tom Benson, all-star
set-up man Ben McKinley, and Stevie “I Have a Pony” Wright have
combined to go 17-8 over 230 innings of relief while posting a 1.13
WHIP and 2.60 ERA. Oh yeah, did I mention their closer Kennie Parrish,
who is the sure bet to win the Fireman of the Year, and should also get
serious Cy Young Award consideration? He has 58 saves. Four of the
starters have double-digit wins, led by Andrew Gates’s 15. Their other
starter has won 9.
Great job, Montreal! It’ll be a great final series to watch.