Vancouver takes it all in Season 18!
The Vancouver Canadians outlasted El Paso in a thrilling, hard-fought, seven game series to take their second championship in four seasons. The series included a 14-inning thriller in Game 5 that swung the momentum in El Paso's favor, but Vancouver was able to take the last 2 games of the series at home to take all the glory.
Benito Beltre must be considered the Playoff MVP for Vancouver. The slick fielding shortstop known mostly for this glove, with .392 with 4 HR, 6 SB, and an 1.164 OPS in the playoffs, almost a full 500 points better than his regular season totals. Alberto Beltre anchored the pitching staff for Vancouver, as always going 4-0 in 6 starts with a 3.00 ERA.
The Vancouver win capped a season in which they by far had the best record, going 115-47. In a playoffs filled with upsets, they were the only 100 win team to make the LCS. The NLCS featured #5 El Paso and #6 Austin, while and 84-78 Detroit squad was their opponent in the ALCS.
A great season, capped off by a thrilling playoffs, good job to all! We hope to be rolling on to Season 19 soon, so if you know anyone who might be interested in joining, spread the word, and we'll see you next season!