He is back to the managerial position with the Granma Alazanes. The experienced manager believes the performance of his players is very positive. Indeed, the team achieved the first goal of the season: to qualify for the postseason in the Cuban national series.
Now it comes the toughest time of the season. The postseason requires extra efforts for players and technical staff. Not to mention that any of the teams involved in the postseason is strong enough to win the championship, Marti pointed out.
Marti praised Alazanes’ offense this season. Several players have performed outstandingly in the homerun and RBIs categories. Likewise, he acknowledged Granma’s main weakness is its pitching staff.
Granma’s offensive average is .301, the best of the season. The team has hit 89 homers with 514 RBIs. All these figures have contributed to the success of the team.
Carlos Marti confirmed Granma’s main weapon just before the postseason, offensively speaking, is the power of its hitters. However, it does not mean tactical plays will not be put into action depending on the different game situations.
With only three games left, Matanzas (53-31), Granma (51-33), and Ciego de Avila (49-35) secured their tickets to the playoffs. The fourth place will be earned by Industriales or Isla de la Juventud, both with identical 46-38.
Pinar del Rio (45-39) has also some options. But Marti thinks Industriales will grab the last spot to the postseason having into account its traditions and the home field advantage over La Isla Piratas.
After sweeping Industriales this weekend, Granma will visit last place Holguin. The Alazanes will try to end the regular season with an excellent result.
Cuban baseball postseason will kick off on March 24th. The first two teams in the standing will play the first game as the home teams.
Cubasi Translation Staff