Burlington Bandits Playoff Preview; can they take the London Majors?; they've failed to do that so far this season.

element_sportsBy Justin Lethbridge

July 31, 2015


Despite dropping their last four games, the Burlington Bandits managed to hold onto 5th place at the end of the IBL season with a final record of 15-21.

Bandits Burlington players celebrate the end of a double-header

Bandits whooping it up after a recent win – can they take that approach into the finals?

The Bandits started the year off on an abysmal 1-7 start but managed to claw their way up the standings. A 7-1 run in mid July is the biggest factor in their final seeding. The run included three wins against Toronto, who also finished 15-21, which gave Burlington the tiebreaker in the standings.

Unfortunately Burlington draws the London Majors in the first round. The Bandits went 0-5 against London this season and while a single run decided two of those games, the other three were blowouts. London handed Burlington a 10-1 pounding on the first game of the season and outscored the Bandits 39-19 through five games.

There is a bit of hope, however, as in three of their five meetings Burlington had an early lead. Even with an 8-0 3rd inning lead on July 9th, the Bandits have been unable to pick up a win against the Majors.

Bandit Gideon

Justin Gideon earned 32 runs for the Bandits

The Bandits must continue to get strong hitting from OF Justin Gideon whose 32 runs are the most from either team and tied for fourth in the league. London has the edge in the pitching battle as Oscar Perez and his 49 SO helped the Majors to a 3.97 ERA compared to Burlington’s 6.14 ERA.

This series marks Burlington’s return to the playoffs after missing out last year.

The best-of-seven series begins Friday, July 31st in London with game two in Burlington on Monday, August 3rd.

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1 comment to Burlington Bandits Playoff Preview; can they take the London Majors?; they’ve failed to do that so far this season.

  • Roger

    Return to the playoffs may be brief – Majors were pretty powerful against the Bandits this year.

    Still encourage everyone to come out for the games – things can changes