Unfamiliar Foes: C's and Emeralds meet in Championship

Vancouver and Eugene haven't met since July 3rd and since then 59 games have passed. How will this affect projecting the NWL Championship as neither team as a distinct advantage heading in

By Rob Fai / Vancouver Canadians | September 8, 2017 12:47 PM ET


(Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium - Vancouver, B.C.) - For those who remember, the Vancouver Canadians pulled back the big red curtain and started the 2017 season in Eugene for a five-game series (3-2) and then hosted the Emeralds for five more games just a week and a half later going 3-2 for a second straight meeting. 19 games into the season, and Vancouver had played all ten of their meetings against the defending Northwest League Champions going 6-4 (.600) head-to-head. That was 59 games ago, more than two full months between meetings and since than both teams have completely transformed into North and South Division Champions respectively which makes for a very intriguing final with two teams that likely know very little about each other.

There was no SS Logan Warmoth or RHP Nate Pearson. RHP Justin Dillon was only able to pitch just one inning and LHP Zach Logue was not yet wearing a Canadians uniform. Simply put, many of the pieces for Vancouver hadn't even been put in place when getting an early look at the Eugene Emeralds who also look like a completely different team than the one the C's met back in June.

Scouting reports will be key, and sticking with what got the Canadians to this point will also be ley coming off a two-game sweep of the Spokane Indians that wrapped up on Thursday out at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.

The numbers are almost irrelevant as far as head-to-head meetings go, but the Canadians do come into this series 45-33 (.577), on a six-game winning streak that dates back to August 29th and have a pitching staff that has allowed only two runs in the past 49 2/3 innings. If the Canadians were ever poised to take on the defending Northwest League Champions, this would be the time.

Here's a brief look at how these teams rumbled into the post-season.


Eugene Emeralds:       

First-Half Record - 21-17 (.553) one game back of Hillsboro Hops for 1st Half Pennant

Second-Half Record - 18-20 (.474) one game back of Hillsboro Hops for 2nd Half Pennant

Eugene head into the post-season 6-4 (.600) in their final 10 regular season games before sweeping Hillsboro 2-0 in the South Division Final.

Final Three Series Heading into Post-Season:

August 23-25    vs. Salem-Keizer (2-1) outscoring Volcanoes 15-10

August 26-30    at Everett (2-3) outscoring Everett 25-20

September 1-3 at Salem-Keizer (2-1) outscoring Volcanoes 21-18


Vancouver Canadians:

First-Half Record - 21-17 (.553) one game ahead of Tri-City for First-Half Pennant

Second-Half Record - 22-16 (.579) one game back of Spokane for Second-Half Pennant

Vancouver head into the post-season 6-4 (.600) in their final 10 regular season games before sweeping Spokane 2-0 in the North Division Final.

Final Three Series Heading into Post-Season:

August 23-25    at Everett (1-2) outscored by Aquasox 15-8

August 26-30    vs. Boise (2-3) outscored by Hawks 31-19

September 1-3 at Tri-City (3-0) outscore Dust Devils 8-0


There is no doubt that the Canadians are rolling into the Championship on a heater having won their past six straight and pitching extremely well -- but starting on the road for the first two games of this best-of-five series will be a huge challenge for Vancouver. Should the Canadians return on Monday, August 11th 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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