PCL Playoffs Open Tonight

The Pacific Coast League playoffs begin tonight in Fresno and Round Rock. These are the conference finals, with each being a best-of-five series. The winners will face each other in the PCL Championship Series next week.

Let’s make some sure-to-be incorrect predictions.

El Paso vs. Fresno

Both teams are in pretty good shape going into the playoffs. Fresno clinched weeks ago, while El Paso needed a late surge to overtake Las Vegas and clinch on the second-to-last day of the season.

El Paso has the home field advantage, hosting the final three games. They should get good crowds for the first playoff games in Chihuahuas history.

But I can’t pick against Fresno manager Tony DeFrancesco. Grizzlies in four.

Preview article from the El Paso Times.

Preview article from the Fresno Bee.

Oklahoma City at Round Rock

Unlike the other series, here we have a team which had its roster raided.

The Los Angeles Dodgers called up Corey Seager, Scott Schebler, a pair of top relievers, and quality starter Mike Bolsinger from Oklahoma City when the rosters expanded.

Meanwhile, Round Rock received a late-season boost when the Texas Rangers pushed top hitting prospects Lewis Brinson and Nomar Mazara up to Triple-A – and they both hit well immediately.

Oklahoma City has had a revolving-door roster all season, and still managed to win a franchise record 86 games. I’m picking Oklahoma City in five.

Preview article from The Daily Oklahoman.

Preview article from the Austin American-Statesman.

Links:

  • Here’s the last Rainiers game story of the year, which is a nice little round-up of how things ended. After the game, the Mariners called up Jesus Montero, Steve Baron, James Jones, and J.C. Ramirez.
  • Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook has more on the call-ups.
  • It was a historic season for the Fresno Grizzlies.
  • Omaha’s Jose Martinez won the PCL batting title with a .384 mark – the highest in the modern era (which is defined as 1958 to present).

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