Gran Hamner at ss is a 2 / e-48. Puddinhead Jones and Eddie Waitkus are strong by 1950 standards, but the outfield has two pluggers in Ennis 3 / e-10, and Sisler 3 / e-5 between Richie Ashburn. Andy Semenick is very good at C. They should be able to beat Pittsburgh, but after that I don’t know. They barely squeaked out the pennant, despite the pitching advantage, and there are many teams easily as good or better at the plate. I don’t know, but they’ve never impressed me in oldtimers play. Pittsburgh were horrible, but there’s the Kiner factor (47 HR’s, 122 BB’s), along with Wally Westlake (24 HR) and a lineup sprinkled with decent hitters. Their top starter, a guy named Cliff Chambers isn’t carded bad at all for his stats, and they have Murray Dickson, who’s ERA (3/80) was a full run + better than the team ERA of almost 5/00. Billy Werle, the three man, might just get bumped by a nice Vern Law card. There is no pen to speak of. They will go only as far as Kiner, Westlake, Gus Bell, and Johnny Hopp (who went to the Yanks at the deadline but will play as carded, with Pittsburgh) can take them. The starting pitchers must rise above mediocrity to get past the first round.
Red Sox Squeak By RoyalsThe Milton Red Sox edged the slugging Brampton Royals last night at MSC 5-4 in a game that was on the line until the final out. Rookie lefty Dan Todosochuk was outstanding in his Red Sox debut, hurling 6 innings, allowing one ER, 8 hits, 3 BBs while striking out 10 batters using a mixture of 3 pitches while changing speeds on all three for his first COBA MAJOR AAA win. Ian Zettle, struggling of late, came on strong in relief earning the save displaying his aggressive all-star form of old. Brampton's Steve Hough with 3 hits and Vic Speziale and Waleed Elared had two hits apiece.