Playoff time in the Texas League is looming and the Corpus Christi Hooks and San Antonio Missions are scheduled to meet in the opening divisional round, a best of five series. On September 4th in Corpus Christi the teams square off for the first two games, the series will move to San Antonio for game three and, if necessary, game four. Game five will be awarded to the team who wins the championship of the regular season’s second half, presuming a game five will be necessary of course. Arguably the biggest rivals in the Texas League are going to meet again, but this meeting means more than just bragging rights for these two great teams.
Of their previous 18 meetings, San Antonio holds the advantage against the Hooks over the course of the regular season with a record of 10 wins against the Hooks. Six meetings still remain in the Hooks and Missions, the first three being in San Antonio and the final three close out the regular season in Corpus Christi. These final games’ stipulations are amplified not just because of the two teams meeting in the postseason, but because the Missions hold a two game lead over the Hooks in the 2nd half standings with a record of 37-21.
Potential home-field advantage is at stake in the final 12 games of the Texas League regular season.
The 2013 I-37 Series has been one that has been nearly evenly matched, considering the Missions have a two game series advantage, the Hooks and Missions have played not only extremely well against other teams, but extremely well against one another, going back and forth constantly.
Despite league championships not being worth much in comparison to individual player development, it would be a tremendous honor for the Houston Astros organization to have a minor league affiliate win a league championship in back to back years. Last year being High-A Lancaster winning the California League championship.
This marks the second year in a row that the Hooks have made they playoffs, their third overall, previously winning the Texas League championship in 2006 with a line bolstered by future major leaguers Hunter Pence and Ben Zobrist. The previous playoff foray was cut prematurely by a sweep at the hands of the Frisco Roughriders in the divisional round
While a lot of the Hooks’ best players are called up to Houston or promoted to Triple-A, there is a wealth of talent in Lancaster waiting for their promotion up to take the place of those being called up.
With many of last year’s players still on the roster, it goes without saying that last year’s unceremonious exit will be avenged despite not being matched against the Roughriders, Keith Bodie will rally the boys and get them ready as most of them will be experiencing a second trip into a professional playoff series.
– Richard Perez