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Crocodiles´ offensive, expected to win Cuban baseball scepter

Matanzas, Cuba, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) The Crocodiles of Matanzas, one of the leading teams in the final of the Second Elite League of Cuban baseball, today has a vital weapon to seek the crown: their offensive.

When tomorrow from 6:30 p.m., local time, the Victoria de Girón stadium hosts the start of the final between Hunters of Artemisa and Crocodiles of Matanzas, the latter will use their powerful artillery as distinctive element to assert over the grass of the land.

A collective average of .319, the best in the classification, became the driving force behind the 25 victories in 40 challenges to lead the tournament in its regular stage with Madero men ready such as the Mayabeque reinforcement Alexander Pozo, the Granma native Yordanis Samón and the Matanzas team.

Yurisbel Gracial and José Amaury Noroña, the latter co-leaders in home runs with eight, along with Rafael Viñales from Las Tunas.

Significant contributions with the wood were also made by Eduardo Blanco, Ariel Sánchez, Rusney Castillo, all with an offensive average above .333, who together with the Guantanamo mask Yasmani Velázquez, formed a fearsome lineup for all their opponents.

A total of 91 extra-base hits, an average of more than 10 hits per game (427 in 40 games) and an astronomical on-base percentage of .399 stand out as elements that denote the strength of those led by Armando Ferrer, now rounded out with the arrival for the play offs of Holguín waiter Yordan Manduley. Experienced men with experience in the American Major Leagues (MLB) such as Erisbel Arruebaruena and Dariel Álvarez will seek to awaken in the baseball final and thus achieve a luxury ninth that completes the mask of the Cuba teams Andrys Pérez, a young figure whose ceiling has not yet been reached arrived.

In short, an offense capable of supporting the pitching rotation decided by mentor Ferrer of Matanzas and his coaches in that area.

Everything indicates that their starters will be led again by the left-handed Yoennis Yera, who could be supported by the Granma natives César García and Yoel Mogena, the right-handed Renner Rivero and the recently incorporated reinforcement for the final, the Mayabeque native Yadián Martínez, with a commendable performance as reinforcement of Las Tunas.

They are joined by Frank Luis Medina, Noelvis Entenza and Haikel Parra as the main intermediate relievers, while the fast Armando Dueñas is their most important closer against an equally fearsome Cazadores offensive group, although it has relatively lesser known names.

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