Our 1st Round Schedule

The 1st round opponent of the Fat Cats (16-18) has finally been decided. We will be playing the London Majors (22-13). Here is the schedule for Ottawa’s inaugural playoff series.

Game 1: Wed, July 27th 7:05pm @ London – Labatt Park
Game 2: Thu, July 28th 7:05pm @ London – Labatt Park
Game 3: Sat, July 30th 7:05pm @ Ottawa – Ottawa Stadium
Game 4: Sun, July 31st 2:05pm @ Ottawa – Ottawa Stadium
Game 5: Mon, August 1st 2:05pm @ Ottawa – Ottawa Stadium**If necessary
Game 6: Wed, August 3rd 7:05pm @ London – Labatt Park **If necessary
Game 7: Thu, August 4th 7:05pm @ London – Labatt Park **If necessary

I’ll have a recap of the first few games of this series early next week. In the mean time, I’ll be at the ballpark cheering on my Fat Cats! If you can’t make it to the park, Ottawa will have their games streamed online at this link. As for away games, I am currently getting more info on that, but as soon as I’m informed about what the situation will be, I will update this post.

UPDATE – Sorry this took so long. I have gotten new info that the Fat Cats will be televising their home games as well as streaming them, according to the London Majors. As for the Majors’ broadcasting situation, you guys will have likely figured that out by now, because the first 2 games of the series have past. I’ve been on vacation, so the blog hasn’t been the first thing on my mind as of late, but when I get back, things will get back to normal.

The Fat Cats seem to be looking good so far… I wish them good luck at home!!

    • Pierre
    • July 27th, 2011

    You mean more info on the away games being streamed? I doubt that will happen.

    How about a series preview?

    Fat Cats won series 3-2, 2-0 at home. Most games were kind of close except for an 8-0 Ottawa win. Runs scored: 35-25 in Ottawa’s favour. There was that 16-11 game too where London made six errors leading to 9 unearned runs. None of our three pitchers did well that game, including Soffer in his worst outing this season. He also had his worst outing last year against the Majors.

    Majors were 4th in league in batting average .306 vs Ottawa’s .279. They have much more power too.

    They were second in pitching with 4.06 ERA to the Fat Cats’ 4.80 which was fourth. WHIP, average and slugging were very similar however. I did not figure for London but Ottawa’s ERA was much better in the second half.

    Game 1 should see McGovern (4-2, 1.83) vs Jordi Amargos (7-2, 2.87). Armargos was the starter and loser when McGovern pitched his first shutout. This could be a low scoring game. McGovern lost a 4-2 decision vs the Majors earlier in the season.

    Game 2 should be Sebastian (3-4, 4.97) vs Adam Paish (3-2, 3.22) as my best guess. Sebastian is 1-1 vs London this year but 7.30 ERA. He needs to bring his A game if we are to win this one.

    Game 3 will likely be Brett Sabourin (2-2, 5.80) vs Ryan Hart (3-4, 5.14) as my best guess. Hart is 1-1, 8.38 vs Fat Cats this year, one good game and one very bad where he allowed 8 runs in 3 innings. Both were in London. Sabourin did not pitch against them.

    Game 4. Do we go back to McGovern on three days rest? Will Danny Desclouds start a game? On the London side, we might see Josh Palmer start a game, maybe the third one pushing Hart to Game 4. An equivalent to our own Josh Soffer, he’s really a reliever but did start one game and held powerful Barrie to just two hits in June and his last start on the 17th against Brantford, just one run on four hits but gave up six walks. Matt Brennan would be their closer if that’s the case and Mike Mitro as the set up guy and Mike Arsenault.

    My guess is London goes with a four-man rotation. That leaves their bullpen suspect in my opinion since Palmer is their best reliever although Brennan is not bad. Ottawa may go with a three-man rotation with Soffer and Desclouds doing most, if not all, of the relief duties. That could spell trouble playing almost every day, more so as the series progresses. But I think this fact could help our hitters.

    • Thanks for your great comments thus far, Pierre. I enjoy reading them, and learning from them.

      I haven’t been able to do a season preview, because I’ve been on vacation since Wednesday… I’m focusing more on other things than the blog right now (relaxing, etc..)

      Again, I’ll have my comments on the series up here by early next week.

    • Pierre
    • July 28th, 2011

    First game just over and goes to the Fat Cats by a score of 5-3. This despite a few guys not making the trip and having to play pitchers Brett Sabourin at first and William Sebastian in left. We also did not use a DH, McGovern pitching for himself but we know how good a hitter he is. Jordi Amargos was his opponent as expected and struck out 9 in 6 2/3 allowing only 6 hits. But the Fat Cats took advantage of three walks and a couple of miscues by the Majors, although Ottawa committed three themselves.

    McGovern did exactly what we expected and needed. Kind of scary seeing two pitchers in the lineup and thinking that this game will likely be lost. But Sebastian actually got and walk and scored.

    As for regulars who did not play, LaDale Hayes and Joe Stone. No idea why at this time.

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