The Australian Baseball League will skip the regular schedule of playing games on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday because of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The games will now be played from Saturday,December 26, through Tuesday, December 29. On Wednesday the teams will have a day off or travel day but the next day, the teams will play the normal schedule again.
The Adelaide Bite with Dutch pitcher Loek van Mil in their ranks, will take on the Canberra Cavalry on Saturday. The fourth place Bite is slowly recovering from a bad start of the season. The first place Cavalry on the other hand has been struggling of late as they went 4-6 in their last ten games. So perhaps the Bite can clinch the series and climb in the standings after the upcoming two weekends.
Donald Lutz from Germany and the second place Brisbane Bandits will
take on the third place Sydney Blue Sox with German pitcher Jan Stöcklin in their ranks. The Blue Sox trail the Bandits by half a game. The Blue Sox also did not have a good start but they are slowly recovering as well. Sydney is 8-2 in its final ten games, while Brisbane is 6-4.
Stöcklin will likely start the game on Monday.
It is always up in the air, but the way the Blue Sox are playing lately, they can very well clinch the series vs the Bandits.
The Melbourne Aces and the Perth Heat will play a double header on Sunday followed by single game days on Monday and Tuesday. This series will be one between the nr. five and nr. six of the league. Perhaps the winner can get a bit closer to the top four to stay in the race for a play off spot.
Coming Thursday the Adelaide Bite will start a four game series in Sydney vs the Blue Sox. The Brisbane Bandits will play on the road in Melbourne and the Canberra Cavalry will host the Perth Heat.
The numbers one, two, three and four are within 2.5 games from each other, so after the upcoming two weekends the standings can have a whole different look.