International League Playoff Primer

Hard to believe that its time for playoffs.  It seems like just yesterday that we were getting ready for the start of the season and dealing with early weather issues and unwanted doubleheaders.  In any event after nearly 2,000 games, the International League regular season is over and four teams remain.  The two best-of-five series kick off on Wednesday with the latest possible date for the first round being September 10th.

Be sure to check back for more playoff coverage as the games begin.

Indianapolis Indians vs Durham Bulls

Game 1: Wednesday September 6th at 6:35pm @Durham
Game 2: Thursday September 7th at 6:35pm @Durham
Game 3: Friday September 8th at 7:15pm @Indianapolis
Game 4: Saturday September 9th at 7:05pm @ Indianapolis – If necessary
Game 5: Sunday September 10th at 1:35pm @Indianapolis – If necessary

The Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) take on the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) in the battle of division winners.  The Indians were tops in the IL West and the Bulls were the winners of the IL South.  The Bulls had the second best record in the International League just percentage points behind the Scranton/WB RailRiders.

The Bulls hold a 6-4 advantage this season head-to-head.

Pitching Probables
Game 1: Clay Holmes (IND) vs Ryan Yarbrough (DUR)
Game 2: Tyler Glasnow (IND) vs Yonny Chirinos (DUR)
Game 3: Burch Smith (DUR) vs TBD (IND)
Game 4: Brent Honeywell (DUR) vs TBD (IND)
Game 5: TBD (DUR) vs TBD (IND)

Scranton/WB vs Lehigh Valley

Game 1: Wednesday September 6th at 7:05pm @Lehigh Valley
Game 2: Thursday September 7th at 7:05pm @Lehigh Valley
Game 3: Friday September 8th at 6:35pm @Scranton/WB
Game 4: Saturday September 9th at 6:35pm @Scranton/WB – If necessary
Game 5: Sunday September 10th at 1:05pm @Scranton/WB – If necessary

The Scranton/WB RailRiders (New York Yankees) take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) in the second semi-finals for the International League.  Scranton/WB finished the season with the leagues best record (86-55), while the IronPigs needed a six-game win streak to secure the wild card spot on the last day of the season.

The IronPigs hold a 11-7 advantage this season head-to-head.

Pitching Probables
Game 1: Domingo German (Scranton/WB) vs TBD (LV)
Game 2: Chance Adams (Scranton/WB) vs TBD (LV)
Game 3: TBD (LV) vs Brady Lail (Scranton/WB)
Game 4: TBD (LV) vs Nestor Cortes (Scranton/WB)
Game 5: TBD (LV) vs Ronald Herrera (Scranton/WB)