Fiasco Sports gives you a preview of the upcoming series.
The SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite (9-13) face off against the Brisbane Bandits (8-14)
at Norwood Oval this weekend as part of a two series homestand.
This series is important for the Bite if they want to make the playoffs as they are only two
games out of a playoff spot behind the Sydney Blue Sox.
Sydney will be facing a tougher opponent in the Melbourne Aces and so the Bite must try
and capitalise on facing an opponent below them in the standings.
The Bite split their series against the Sydney Blue Sox over the weekend, and will be
looking to take that one further against Brisbane.
On the other hand, the Bandits are coming off a split series against the JetCouriers
Melbourne Aces, where they fought back hard from a 2-0 deficit to split the four game
Brisbane will look to carry this momentum into Norwood Oval and make a push in
Adelaide native, Stefan Welch will be an important cog in the Bite offense. His .346
average (AVG), .414 on-base percentage (OBP) and .798 on-base + slugging (OPS) leads
all Bite players. If Welch can get chances to hit with runners in scoring position, Adelaide
will have a good chance to put runs on the board.
Out of the bullpen, Richard Olson (1-0, 0.00) has been a real star throughout the season.
Olson is yet to concede an earned run from his 16.1 innings pitched and has been the
Bite’s go to guy when in some trouble. The NSW native’s strikeout numbers are not as
impressive as some of the starting pitchers, but his 1.04 WHIP is ranked third amongst
Bite pitchers and he brings stability to the bullpen which can be underestimated in a relief
22-year-old CF, Joey Rickard has been the standout within the Bandits line-up this
season. A prospect for the Tampa Bay Rays, he has hit to the tune of a .325 average and
leads his team in runs, total bases, and hits. Rickard is looking to maintain his form from
his series against the Melbourne Aces where he had five hits, three RBIs and a solo home
run. Neutralising Rickard’s bat will be a priority for Bite pitchers.
Bandits starting pitcher, Alex Kaminsky as struggled on the mound lately for the Bandits,
being credited with the loss in his last three outings while conceding six earned runs. He
has given up eight home runs this this season, the most of any Bandits pitcher. The
upside for Kaminsky is he sits in the top 10 in the league for strikeouts and if Kaminsky
can locate his pitches, his stuff will take care of the rest. If Kaminsky can provide some
solid innings and/or a quality start, it will go a long way to helping the Brisbane against the
The four-game series will start tonight at 7:00pm, with a double-header on Saturday
beginning at 4:00pm. The final game of the series will take place at 1:00pm on Sunday.
Stay tuned to Fiasco Sports for a review following the series.
For ticket information check out: http://web.theabl.com.au/tickets/tickets.jsp?sid=t4064
Written by Fraser Fyfe.