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12/22/2005 Archived Entry: "45th Cuban National Serie 2005-2006 Standings as of 12/22/05"

45th Cuban National Series Baseball Notes by Cubano

The 45th Cuban National Series presents Isla de la Juventud Grapefruit Croppers as leader of Group A. The surprising Grapefruit Croppers are enjoying the biggest lead among group leaders. Other group leaders are Industriales Lions, Las Tunas Magicians and Granma Sorrels.

A spectacular closing of year waits for the 45 National Series with Isla de la Juventud as the main protagonist. The Grapefruit Croppers had won 9 games in a raw before losing to Ciego de Ávila Tigers. Its impressive nine consecutive victories gave them a balance of (17/9).

In Group B, Los Industriales Lions lead the group with a (18/8) record. The Lions are followed by the Havana Cowboys and the Santi Spiritus Roosters.

In Group C, Las Tunas Magicians have the best record in the tournament with (19/7). This group also features the Villa Clara Orange Growers at (16/9) who were displaced to the second place after a spectacular beginning and the Ciego de Ávila Tigers with a (15/11) record.

In Group D, Granma Sorrels are in first place with a (16/10) record. The Sorrels are followed by the Holguín Hounds and the disappointed champ Santiago de Cuba Wasps.

At these moments, team hitting stand at excellent 281 although few home runs (220). Team fielding average is a high 970 and team pitching stand at 4.31 showing an obvious improvement because now there are eight teams that are below four ERA. The best team pitching ERA is a 3.26 of the Industriales Lions.

The 5 games difference between Isla de la Juventud Grapefruit Croppers over Pinar del Rio Cigar Makers, the traditional leader of Group A, is due to the great performance of the renewed Grapefruit Croppers team commanded by Armando Johnson but also by the Cigar Makers poor offensive production. The Cigar makers pitchers also have had mixed results led by veteran Pedro L. Lazo (3-3) and Yunieski Maya (2-3).

Teams W L PCT GB
Isla de la Juventud Grapefruit Croppers 17 9 .654 -
Pinar del Rio Cigar Makers 11 14 .440 5.5
Matanza Cocodriles 7 19 .269 10.0
Metropolitan Warriors 4 22 .154 13.0

Teams W L PCT GB
Industriales Lions 18 8 .692 -
Havana Cowboys 14 12 .538 4.0 Current Subchampion
Santi Spiritus Roosters 13 13 .500 5.0
Cienfuegos Shrimps 11 15 .423 7.0

Teams W L PCT GB
Las Tunas Magicians 19 7 .731 -
Villa Clara Orange Growers 16 9 .640 2.5
Ciego de Avila Tigers 15 11 .577 4
Camaguey Ceramists 10 16 .385 9

Granma Sorrels 16 10 .615 -
Holguin Hounds 14 12 .538 2
Santiago de Cuba Wasps 12 14 .462 4.0 Current Champion
Guantanamo Indians 10 16 .385 6.0

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