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PREVIEW: Perth @ Adelaide
Bite aim for upset of high-flying Heat
01/02/2018 11:39 PM ET
Adelaide import Isaias Quiroz celebrates a home run against Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Adelaide import Isaias Quiroz celebrates a home run against Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (SCOTT DAVIS)

Adelaide will look to improve on last weekend's series split with Brisbane when it hosts high-flying Perth in round seven.

The Bite - who will turn to Giants when they wear throwback jerseys on Saturday night - produced a season-best result by taking two games off the ladder-leading Bandits on the road.

They face an equally daunting challenge against the Heat this weekend.

Perth went an ABL-best 11-4 during December and in the final game of its 3-1 series victory against Canberra produced a league-record 32 runs, smashing the 23-run mark previously set by Adelaide.

Stopping teams scoring has been a big problem for the Bite this season but the Bite now seem to have a few key posts able to quell the flow of runs.

Debutant Ryo Koura allowed two in seven solid innings against Brisbane, starter Chris Powell gave up four in 4 2/3 innings and closer Loek van Mil picked up two saves while striking out 11 and giving up one run during 4 1/3 innings.

Greg Mosel has also impressed with an ERA of 4.26, despite compiling a 1-5 record, and has been particularly effective at home.

The right-hander holds a 1.93 ERA in the outings at Adelaide Shores, striking out 15.

Adelaide will need all of its pitchers to bring their A-game against the Heat.

Perth hit .309 with 22 home runs last month and possess a line-up arguably as strong as Brisbane.

Michael Brosseau (hitting .411 with five homers and 11 doubles) and Tim Kennelly (.407 with three home runs) have been standouts for Perth.

The Heat will enter the series with a new look starting rotation.

Cameron Lamb and Daniel Schmidt have been slated for starts while Dylan Thompson returns to the rotation.

Kyle Simon joins the bullpen along with Tom Bailey and Nick Veale, while Detroit Tigers' pitcher Warwick Saupold will make his season debut.

The Bite have lost Jack O'Loughlin, Curtis Mead and Mason Clavell to Australian Youth Championship commitments.

Adelaide has added Tyler Chappell, Karl Hoschke, Tom McGarry, Ryan Duncan, Chris Horne and Dylan Ridding.



HEAT - Warwick Saupold: The Perth native links up with the Heat after making 45 appearances with Detroit in the 2017 MLB season. The right-hander finished with a 4.88 ERA, going 3-2 with 44 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.52. Last ABL season Saupold had eight outings from the bullpen, recording four saves and compiling an ERA of 7.36.

BITE - Angus Roeger: Roeger was one of the players Adelaide needed to step up with Stefan Welch and Mitch Dening gone. So far he has battled to find his best form, hitting .141 with just nine RBIs in 23 games. Across his past 10 games, the outfielder is hitting 2-for-32. He will be hoping to turn that around at home.



Heat 3-1. It is hard to see Adelaide being able to stop Perth's offence, even at pitcher friendly Adelaide Shores. The Bite have not scored more than eight runs this season and hold a 2-15 record when allowing five runs or more. Adelaide has started to show positives on both sides but lacks the depth across four games to outgun the best. While the Bite came away from Brisbane with a split, the lack of pitching depth showed as they were seriously outplayed in the back-end of their two defeats.



GAME 1: Alex Boshers (1-3, 3.18 ERA) at Greg Mosel (1-5, 4.26 ERA)

GAME 2: Cameron Lamb (2-1, 3.21) at Ryo Koura (1-0, 2.57)

GAME 3: Daniel Schmidt (2-0, 4.86) at Chris Powell (1-4, 5.29)

GAME 4: Dylan Thompson (1-0, 1.74) at TBA



GAME 1: Thursday, 7.00pm ACDT - watch live on ABLtv powered by Bing Lee

GAME 2: Friday, 7.00pm ACDT

GAME 3: Saturday, 7.00pm ACDT - watch live on ABLtv powered by Bing Lee

GAME 4: Sunday, 12.00pm ACDT

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