The Saraperos might be up to the challenge. Saltillo’s batting order will include solid veterans like 2B Jose Rodriguez (.333/12/64), DH/1B Refugio Cervantes (.291/20/90) and OFs Cristhian Presichi (.342/8/58), Jesus Cota (.332/12/47) and Willie Romero (.323/7/56). Romero came to Saltillo in a midseason trade with Yucatan for 1B Sandy Madera and hit .358 for the Saraperos over 31 games. Saltillo manager Orlando Sanchez has a good batting order with a nice combination of power and speed.
Sanchez should probably worry about his pitching, however. Although Danny Rodriguez (4-4/3.97) was the playoff MVP with five postseason wins (including a no-hitter) and ex-MLBer Jose Mercedes (0-3/5.40) pitched a complete game in Saltillo’s pennant-clinching win over Puebla, this is still a staff with a 5.15 ERA. Sometimes games are actually won on pitching, so this is an area of concern for the Saraperos.
Saltillo may earn a three-peat, but they need to outscore opponents…they won’t win on pitching.