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Cavs open home schedule with ABLCS rematch
12/04/2018 12:02 AM ET

Canberra will finally open its home schedule in a Brut Australian Baseball League heavyweight matchup against Brisbane, starting on Thursday night.

The Cavs will be after revenge for last season's Championship Series defeat to the Bandits as they showcase their revamped Narrabundah home after three weeks on the road.

Canberra and Brisbane have both suffered some early hiccups but, led by quality starting rotations, remain two of the most feared teams in the league.

The Cavs lost four-straight to open the season but come out of a stretch of 12 road games with a 5-7 record.

A series win over Sydney has the Bandits top of the North-East Division after dropping two of three games against Auckland in round two.

The round four contest between the two teams presents a number of mouth-watering pitching matchups.

Brisbane's 3.05 ERA ranks second in the league while Canberra's has dropped to 3.99 following a rough Opening Weekend in Melbourne.

Both starting rotations are particularly effective.

The Bandits' starters did not allow an earned run until their 19th inning of work against Sydney.

Travis Blackley and Tim Atherton both worked five shutout innings and Sam Holland four without an earned run as Brisbane claimed a 3-1 series win.

The Cavs allowed five earned runs in 19 1/3 innings, but two of those came in Jason Lott's 1 2/3 innings in game four.

Steven Chambers is slated to make his first start of the season in place of Lott.

Throw Chambers into the mix alongside Steven Kent, Frank Gailey and Shota Imanaga and Canberra has some impressive arms of its own.

The Bandits have also made a pitching change with Rhys Niit taking Ryan Searle's spot on the roster.


Ones to watch

The pitching match-ups.

Steve Kent vs Sam Holland, Frank Gailey vs Travis Blackley, Shota Imanaga vs Tim Atherton and Steven Chambers vs Lin Ko-Chien.

Those four matchups will go a long way to deciding the outcome of the series.

Both sides have had some offensive battles and it is hard to see them erupting with so much quality on the mound.



Canberra holds a 19-15 all-time advantage over Brisbane in regular-season contests at The Fort at MIT Ballpark.

The Cavs and Bandits split their four-game series at the venue last season.

Canberra also won game one of the ABLCS over Brisbane at Narrabundah, before dropping the remaining two games in Brisbane.


Probable starters

G1: Sam Holland (0-0, 0.96 ERA) at Steven Kent (2-0, 1.50)

G2: Travis Blackley (2-1, 3.46) at Frank Gailey (1-1, 4.42)

G3: Tim Atherton (2-0, 1.59) at Shota Imanaga (2-0, 0.00)

G4: Lin Ko-Chien (0-0, 2.45) at Steven Chambers (0-0, 1.50)


Series schedule

G1: Thursday, 7pm AEDT at The Fort at MIT Ballpark, Narrabundah, ACT

G2: Friday, 7pm AEDT at The Fort at MIT Ballpark, Narrabundah, ACT

G3: Saturday, 7pm AEDT at The Fort at MIT Ballpark, Narrabundah, ACT

G4: Sunday, 12pm AEDT at The Fort at MIT Ballpark, Narrabundah, ACT


Broadcast Guide

Check out the full round four broadcast guide here!


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