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Canberra @ Brisbane preview
Bandits and Cavs chase playoff spot in Brisbane
01/07/2019 10:30 PM ET
 

Brisbane and Canberra will go toe-to-toe in a blockbuster Brut Australian Baseball League series at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus, starting on Thursday night.

The Bandits and Cavalry enter the final fortnight of the season a game back from North-East Division leaders Sydney with only the top-two teams guaranteed a playoff berth.

Brisbane enters this weekend's series with a slight upperhand, holding the tiebreak advantage after recording a 3-1 series win in Canberra during round four.

The Bandits also face six-win Geelong-Korea on the road in the final round while the Cavs welcome South-West Division leaders Perth.

But that's a week away, and right now the immediate focus for both teams will be just one day at a time.

Canberra heads to Brisbane on a high after sweeping ABL leading Sydney.

The Cavs rode strong starts from Steven Kent, Frank Gailey and Steven Chambers, along with timely offence, to a vital series win.

Canberra has won 10 of its past 13 games now and in the process seen its team batting average rise from .223 to .265.

Michael Fransoso has been a key contributor and leads the league with a .465 average.

The Cavs' suddenly-firing offence will need to deliver at OneHub Stadium.

Brisbane average 6.8 runs per game at the ballpark, up 2.6 on games played on the road.

TJ Bennett has blasted eight of his 10 homers at the stadium, with Andrew Campbell and David Sutherland nailing all six homers on the season at OneHub.

Canberra will need to keep the ball in the park if it is to claim a crucial series victory.

 

Ones to watch

Andrew Campbell (Brisbane) and Craig Massey (Canberra) produced big numbers when the Bandits and Cavs met earlier in the season at Narrabundah.

Campbell went 7-for-19 with five RBI and Massey was 9-for-16 with four RBI.

Massey is hitting .303 on the season while Campbell is averaging .288 and ranks second at Brisbane with 23 RBI.

 

DYK?

Brisbane has won eight of its past nine games against Canberra at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus.

The Bandits won all five contests, including two games in the ABL Championship Series, last season.

Brisbane homered 13 times to nine in the five games at the ballpark last season.

 

Probable starters

G1: Steven Kent (6-0, 2.63 ERA) at Ryan Bollinger (1-2, 3.22 ERA)

G2: Kyle Kinman (0-1, 8.18) at Travis Blackley (2-2, 3.12)

G3: Frank Gailey (4-1, 2.55) at Tim Atherton (5-0, 2.70)

G4: Steven Chambers (1-1, 5.54) at Lin Ko-Chien (2-1, 3.91)

 

Series schedule

G1: Thursday, 6.00pm AEST at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus, Newmarket, QLD

G2: Friday, 6.00pm AEST at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus, Newmarket, QLD

G3: Saturday, 2.30pm AEST at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus, Newmarket, QLD

G4: Saturday, 6.00pm AEST at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus, Newmarket, QLD

 

Broadcast guide

Check out the full round nine broadcast guide here!

 

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