Canberra starter Tim Atherton has been terrific so far in 2014/15 and takes the ball against Adelaide on Friday.
Perth have lost four straight and six of their last eight but hope to end their skid Friday night at Blue Sox Stadium.
Brisbane and Melbourne will clash for the fourth time this season when they open their series at AFA Stadium.
Kieran Bradford doubled and homered to lead Canberra to a series-opening win over Adelaide at The Fort.
Sydney scored nine runs between the first and third, and Markus Solbach starred again in beating Perth.