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American League Finals Preview: Savages (1) vs. HeavyHittaz (2)

A championship battle of the two most dominant teams all season long in the AL.

AMERICAN LEAGUE FINALS

Savages (1) vs. HeavyHittaz (2)

Location: Cantiague Field A

Time: 12:15pm first pitch

The 2019 SASL Finals will be a showdown between two of SASL’s greatest titans. We are not just talking about two great teams from 2019. We are talking about two ALL-TIME great teams. Both teams could have won multiple championships with their current rosters. Both teams are deep 1-10 and their bench could be starting for other teams.

Savages (1) are back in the Finals for the 3rd year in a row (6 years running if you count Spartans). This time around they led the entire division wire to wire as the top seed and are looking to avenge their 3 game series loss to the Mighty Ducks in the 2018 Finals last year.

Opposing the Savages are HeavyHittaz (2) that also know a thing or two about winning. They won the championship in 2016 by beating Spartans and this year’s squad is arguably better and more complete than the 2016 version. However, Savages will have the home field advantage in 2 of the 3 games which may prove to be crucial. 

Regular season head to head:

During the regular season, both teams faced each other 4 times. Each team won 2 games (go figure). Their first matchup, each team won big once and split the series. In their second matchup, HeavyHittaz won the first game big, but let Savages steal game 2. If we had to choose, we would say HeavyHittaz looked like the better team in both weekends.

Advanced team stats:

Savages finished their season 19-5. HeavyHittaz finished their season 18-6 (1 game behind).

Savages scored 321 runs. HeavyHittaz scored 321 runs. Dead even.

Savages gave up 169 runs. HeavyHittaz gave up 159 runs. HH pitching and defense was just slightly better.

Savages run differential was +152. HeavyHittaz was +162. Can this matchup get any closer?

Both teams finished with a 4 game winning streak to finish the regular season.

First Round of playoffs:

Savages faced avenged their 2018 finals loss by sweeping The Mighty Ducks in the semifinals. Game 1, they won convincingly 17-6. Game 2, was a much cleaner and tighter game, but Savages ended up winning 5-1. The regular stars played extremely well in Hashim, Dex, Charley, Hashim but they got key contributions from VJ, Saeed and Yasar pitched a lights out game. 

HeavyHittaz faced off an extremely impressive 516 team. However, HH were ready and jumped all over 516. First game they finished 516 off in mercy fashion 16-0. Second game, their defense was once again impressive with a 13-3 shellacking to move into the finals. Dan absolutely destroyed 516 with 3 home runs and 10 rbis.

Projected Lineups

Hashim Naveed SS

Tom Kahl LCF

Dex Ortiz C

Pavy Badwal 2B

Charley Robinson 3B

Harris Naveed DH

Jojo Rodriguez RCF

Irfan Musliwala LF

Saeed Anwar RF

Yasar Bokhari P

Zulfikar Musliwala 1B

Projected Lineups

John Sans 2B

Craig Cymerman LCF

Dan DiIorio SS

Ramy Abdelhamid LF

Masoom Siddiqui 1B

Hapreet Chadha C

Ahmad Halimi RF

Kunal Sra RCF

Binu Nair 3B

Ali Ghumman P

 

POSITIONS SAVAGES HEAVYHITTAZ ADVANTAGE
CATCHER: DEX ORTIZ HARPREET CHADHA SAVAGES
FIRST BASE: ZULFIKAR MUSLIWALA MASOOM SIDDQUI HEAVYHITTAZ
SECOND BASE: PAVY BADWAL JOHN SANS EVEN
THIRD BASE: CHARLEY ROBINSON BINU NAIR SAVAGES
SHORTSTOP: HASHIM NAVEED DAN DIIORIO HEAVYHITTAZ
LEFT FIELD: IRFAN MUSLIWALA RAMY ABDELHAMID HEAVYHITTAZ
LEFT-CENTER: TOM KAHL CRAIG CYMERMAN SAVAGES
RIGHT-CENTER: JOJO RODRIGUEZ KUNAL SRA HEAVYHITTAZ
RIGHT FIELD: SAEED ANWAR AHMAD HALIMI HEAVYHITTAZ
PITCHER: YASAR BOKHARI ALI GHUMMAN SAVAGES
BENCH: ANWAR, VJ, HARRIS BILLAL, USMAN, ASAD EVEN

 

This one is tough to predict. But HeavyHittaz looked more dominant in the playoffs. Savages are always a tough out. We think this goes to 3 and in game 3, HeavyHittaz win with Dan carrying them. 

HEAVYHITTAZ IN 3.

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