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PREVIEW: Adelaide @ Sydney
Harris leads Sox into battle against former team
11/14/2017 11:09 PM ET
Sydney's Trevor Foss in action during an exhibition game (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Sydney's Trevor Foss in action during an exhibition game (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Tony Harris' first test as Sydney manager will come against his former side Adelaide in the opening round.

The Blue Sox will open their second consecutive season at home to the Bite as they begin their task of returning to the postseason following a two-year absence.

Sydney enters the campaign with plenty of optimism with not just a new manager but some big-name signings.

Chiang Chih-hsien is the biggest name with the Taiwanese slugger set to join after a successful CPBL stint.

Another addition to the offence, which struggled to produce runs last season, is 41-year-old former Olympian Gavin Fingleson.

The Blue Sox have secured starter Trevor Foss for another season while Sven Schueller rejoins the bullpen.

Luke Wilkins retains his spot in the rotation for Opening Weekend with Josh Guyer unavailable.

Adelaide will be hoping to get off to a winning start under rookie manager Chris Adamson.

The Bite have been notoriously slow starters, going 1-4 to begin last season and 1-7 in 2015.

Adamson has been dealt an early blow with slated Opening Weekend starter Steven Chambers out injured.

He also has to fill the holes left by stars Stefan Welch and Mitch Dening.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

BITE - Max Beatty: The former Chicago White Sox prospect gets the nod for an Opening Night start after pitching in Triple-A this season.

BLUE SOX - Jacob Younis: Younis tied with Michael Campbell for Sydney's batting title and will be aiming to have an impact in round one.

 

OUR PREDICTION

Series split. The Blue Sox took the opening three games to open the season against Adelaide last season but we expect the Bite to grab another this time. Adelaide's starting pitching looks stronger this season with the addition of two settled imports. Sydney enter Opening Weekend with a much stronger looking offence and could be a wildcard this season.

 

PROBABLE STARTERS

GAME 1: Max Beatty (0-0. 0.00) at Trevor Foss (0-0. 0.00)

GAME 2: Jack O'Loughlin (0-0. 0.00) at Craig Anderson (0-0. 0.00)

GAME 3: Chris Powell (0-0. 0.00) at Clayton Freimuth (0-0. 0.00)

GAME 4: Greg Mosel (0-0. 0.00) at Luke Wilkins (0-0. 0.00)

 

SERIES SCHEDULE

GAME 1: Friday, 7.30pm AEDT

GAME 2: Saturday, 3.30pm AEDT

GAME 3: Saturday, 6.30pm AEDT - Watch live on ABLtv

GAME 4: Sunday, 1.00pm AEDT

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.