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Round 4 headlines ... don't @ us
Here are this weekend's ABL headlines, before the weekend
12/05/2018 7:29 PM ET
 

Round four Brut Australian Baseball League action gets underway tonight with Canberra welcoming Brisbane in its home opener and Geelong-Korea squaring off with Adelaide.

South-West Division leaders Perth and Melbourne will also battle out west this round, while Auckland is home to Sydney in its last series on New Zealand soil this season.

All important divisional wins are on the line and we're here to take you through how we think the round will unfold.

Here are this weekend's ABL headlines, before the weekend:

 

Perth and Melbourne go head-to-head in a battle of the South-West Division leaders.

The Heat and Aces both hold 9-3 records after 12 games and can tighten their hold on a playoff spot at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark.

They have built their records in contrasting fashion with Perth the league's best offensive unit and Melbourne's pitching holding the best ERA through three rounds.

We're backing offence to get it done in Perth.

The Heat were restrained for a couple of games in Adelaide last weekend and quickly broke the shackles to score 30 runs in the final two games and earn a split.

Our prediction is a 3-1 series win for Perth.

 

It pains me to say, as it will help my colleague Sam Finn's bold prediction stay alive, but Canberra starter Shota Imanaga will dominate for a third-straight week.

The lefty has won both his ABL outings and is yet to allow an earned run in 11 innings of work.

Imanaga has amassed 20 strikeouts, allowed six hits and not issued a walk in two outstanding outings.

He will need to be at his best in game three for the Cavs with his slated counterpart Tim Atherton.

Atherton holds a 2-0 record and 1.59 ERA through three rounds for the Bandits.

Overall, a split will be the result in a rematch of last season's ABLCS between Canberra and Brisbane.

 

Sydney were so close to leaving Brisbane with a split in round three.

And they would have been two wins the Sox of yesteryear would unlikely have collected, having fought back late in game one and then four.

But despite showing plenty of fight they ended up with just one win, surviving a bases loaded scare in the series opener, as their record dropped to 6-6.

It will serve as motivation for Sydney when they head to Auckland this week in a crunch series.

At .500, the Sox could improve to 10-6 or end the round as badly as 6-10.

In the North-East Division - which is shaping as the tighter of the two - the latter would be a disaster nearing the midway point of the season.

We are backing Sydney to record a 3-1 series win and mount pressure on Auckland as it heads on the road for the final six rounds of the season.

 

Greg Mosel was a bright light on Adelaide's starting rotation last season.

He was also one of the league's most unlucky pitchers, recording a 1-7 record with 5.37 ERA as the Bite offence battled to deliver run support.

This season has been a completely different story for Mosel.

The right-hander has dropped all three of his starts and holds a 15.19 ERA.

He has been pushed from a game three start to the series finale against Geelong-Korea on Sunday.

If Mosel can get back into the groove he was in last season, which resulted in him being picked for Team Australia, it will provide a massive boost for Adelaide's playoff hopes.

We are backing him to put in a solid start as the Bite claim game four to secure a series win over GK.

 

Don't @ us … or do … and enjoy the weekend's action!

 

 

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