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Tonight is Immense

And I don’t use words like Immense or Massive lightly.  This is actually a bit of a running joke, as I use those words all the time.  Even in situations that don’t actually merit them.

But, for the C’s, tonight is rather Massive.  They are a half game back of the Eugene Emeralds who finish their season tonight at home to the Spokane Indians.  The Emeralds have taken 3 of 4 against the Indians in this series, 2 of which have been of the walk off variety.  I say that tonight their luck runs out.  Eugene have got Will Scott on the bump tonight, which is part of the reason I’m so confident.  I won’t blind you with stats, but suffice to say, our Will gives up a ton of base-runners and is prone to gopher balls.  Now, with potentially no tomorrow, the Emeralds manager will have all hands on deck ready to pitch if the starter struggles, but still, it would be nice if the Indians jump on Scott and take the game away from them early.

Get it done Bos Man

On the flip side of the coin, Vancouver has Robert ‘The Boss’ Os(una) going tonight.  This is Osuna’s second start after returning from Mexico and his ailing mother.  Hopefully Sunday’s short outing allowed him to shake off the rust a bit and set him up for a big performance tonight.  As we’ve all seen, when Osuna is on his game, Northwest League hitters can’t touch him.

The Yakima Bears are countering with Jose Martinez.  This is right-hander Martinez’s second start in the NWL after his recent promotion from the D-Backs DSL affiliate.  His first start was ok.  He struck out a batter per inning, carrying on a trend from the DSL, but he also walked a batter per inning.  This is what got him into trouble as he gave up 3 earned on only 4 hits.

I would say the pitching match up in this one favours Vancouver.  And, although I think the C’s offense is much improved with both some of their recent call ups and Matt Newman’s hot stick of late, it will still be the Vancouver pitching staff that get them into the playoffs and beyond.

Which brings us full circle to the Immensity of this game tonight.  If all results go our way, the C’s wrap up the second half flag tonight, which makes tomorrow’s contest irrelevant.  This is very important in that it would allow the Canadians management to align their staff with only the playoffs in mind.  Maybe give Dan Norris a couple of innings tomorrow to stretch out and hold Javier Avendano back for the playoff opener at the Nat on Monday.  Of course, if they still need to win to get in tomorrow then Avendano goes, keeping him out of any potential first round series.  Not an idea situation when you consider the kind of year he has had.

I truly believe, if the Vancouver Canadians get into the playoffs, with the pitchers they have, they will be very difficult to beat over a short series.  So, tonight truly is massive….

In Javier we trust

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