The Tigres del Licey go with a luxury relay to the Caribbean Series

Straights at 100 miles, cutter at 95, curves and sliders in bulk, as well as surprising changes will be part of the weapons that the relief pitchers of the Dominican team will carry in the Caribbean Series, which begins on February 2.

In a short series such as the Caribbean Classic, which is played every day, the performance of the relay always occupies a preponderant role and this time it will not be the exception.

The Licey is preparing to bring a brilliant combination in that vital part of the game, in which the seniority exhibited by Jairo Asencio, Fernando Abad, Lisalverto Bonilla, Jonathan Aro, César Cabral is mixed with the youth of some William Jerez, Yency Díaz, Jesus Liranzo among others.

“We are already preparing what the roles of each person will be, who would be the first substitutes for the openers, who will act in more than one inning, as well as the pitchers who will act in the final innings of the games,” explained Erick Abreu, who from On Wednesday he assumed the reins to be the pitching coach of the Licey that will travel to Venezuela this Wednesday.

“We know that it is a short series, this is a group that has just done a brilliant job, perhaps there are not many spaces to reinvent, we know that we must be aggressive with the pitching and we are already finalizing the roles,” said Abreu, who observed how A great blessing when the manager, Audo Vicente contacted him to take over as pitching coach to replace Jairo Cuevas, who is retiring due to problems.

A former pitcher in the Dominican League, primarily with the Gigantes del Cibao, Abreu knows who’s who in the pitching group and each one’s ability to perform.

Asencio the closer with the most saves in baseball history, Abad a solid left-handed reliever, Aro, a master coming out of tight situations, together with the good work that Jerez and Díaz did in the All-Star uniform, make up the relief corps of the Licey, one with enviable status.

“This will be one more experience that I will have in the Caribbean Series and I hope to do a brilliant job,” said Abad, a veteran left-hander, who has just made a magnificent performance with the Bulls, a team in which he had a record of 1-2 with a 2.08 of effectiveness. In 17.1 innings he allowed 10 hits, allowed 7 walks and struck out 18.

Abad knows well the role he will have, a lefty who will come with the responsibility of working in the final episodes.

Valdés in first game

Although tentatively, Raúl Valdés would be launching the first clash of the Licey against the team from Mexico on Thursday at 12 noon.

Then they would continue Domingo Robles against Cuba at 2:30 in the afternoon. On the third date Steve Moyers would go against Puerto Rico at 2:30 in the afternoon and César Valdez would face Venezuela on the fourth day against Venezuela at 7:30 at night.

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