22-4 Swing Mafia
The name Swing Mafia should speak for itself. Bats on bats on bats. Can they save a bomb or two for the later innings? If they're able to, look out. The tables can turn quick when these guys are on.
Although both teams have awesome infields, the left sides especially, Toscos has a cat like outfield that is tough to wear down. Running a traditional four man outfield certainly helps, but these guys all have good arms and do a good job going back and playing the fence. Having the reigning MVP at shortstop always helps too, look for some leather to be flashed on both sides. Can Toscos right side handle the back side/middle swing of Swing Mafia? That's the question.
Pitching: Wayne VS Maniscalco
This is a coin flip, from a pitching standpoint, we all know Wayne is the man and has pitched in big games before. The knock on Wayne is his fielding, which is much better than people think. "Meatball" is a gamer, fields the middle well and is certainly ready for the challenge. But at times he is moved around, an option Toscos does not have. Let's see who wins this battle.
At least 8 Mobsters compared to Toscos 4 at the most. This hurts and helps both teams in certain situations but it's pretty clear who has more pop.
Manager: Smitty VS Will
Wouldn't it be nice if these two got along? Fire and ice, both have strong league roots. Both manage very differently. After his first 20 win season and a manager of the year award, the nod does have to go to Will. Smitty has his C state championships, but Will has had a solid and committed roster to work with all year and even late into the playoffs. Smitty's options are limited in any event but that doesn't mean count him out. Smitty loves I win, we all know that. It's safe to say Will has put himself in a better spot than anyone else this year to succeed at this point and can make the changes needed to put his team in a good spot - can't say that for the Mobsters right now clinging on to 11 guys, 11 quality, travel ball players at that. We will see...
Speed: Toscos has the advantage here, not to say Swing Mafia doesn't have burners but Toscos is clearly much healthier at the moment from a running standpoint.
Don't take this to heart, we're having fun here.
Swing Mafia beats Toscos in 6.
I'm curious to see if Toscos can rebound from the 5-10 run innings Inferno can have at any moment. One bad night for Toscos can cost them the series, they can't waste any opportunities where as Inferno can make up for lost innings at the plate faster than anyone in the league. With that being said, did anyone think they would sweep Paragon? An upset would be an understatement, but anything can happen. The glaring differences in both teams should make for a great series and should also be a good example to the other teams in the league as well. I hope both teams enjoy themselves and fully enjoy the hard work they put in all year to get here.