In part 1 the Heroes took a commanding lead, winning the first two matches. These came on the back of home runs and Hawkeyes accurate pitching. In this part we will conclude the series and look at some of the stats at the end. So on to game 3
Heroes 5 – 3 Villains
And with that the Heroes win the series, sweeping the Villains. The Heroes started strong in game 3 and never looked back. Spiderman got on base from a walk and then stole second to get into scoring position. But it wasn’t needed as Thor stepped up and hit the fifth home run for the Heroes and put them up by 2. The Heroes scored in the second when Black Panther was brough home by a single from Cyclops and again in the third when Wolverine homered for the second time. The score remained the same until Ultron hit a home run in the 7th inning but this was undone when a Jean Grey double allowed Iron Man to come home after stealing second base. Hulk came in to pitch and gave up two scores in the eight, making things a bit hairy for the Heroes. But no worries as Gambit came in to close out the game and seal the victory. Hawkeye once again was the star, striking out 10 in 6 innings and only giving up 2 hits and 1 walk. 3 steals also contributed by getting players into scoring position.
Now that the series is over lets take a look at how the Heroes secured such an overwhelming victory. I have identified three big reasons why this happened
1) Home Runs
This had a huge impact on the series for the Heroes. They used the big super power hitters to get runs for their team. They had 6 total home runs over the three games. This contributed to 9 of their 12 runs scored. 75% of runs were driven in by sending the ball long. In comparison the Villains had only 2 home runs and scored 3 of their 8 runs. The three games were all tight and these power hitters getting easy scores made a big difference in each game.
2) Stealing Bases
For all the speed on both sides there was not many attempts made to steal bases. Each team made three attempts over the three games. For the Heroes they succesfully stole all 3 times and this put players into scoring positions, that scored runs for the team. One the Villains 3 attempts they were caught stealing each time. This is down to the superior defence at catcher from Captain America, leading his team in style. These missed opportunities for the Villains were potential lost runs.
This is one of the most important reasons that the Heroes won. They had an excellent pitcher starting for them. I have to show my bias here as Hawkeye is my favourite super hero but irregardless, you can’t dispute the numbers. In 19.2 innings over the 3 games, he gave up 11 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 home run and 1 walk. He also struck out 30 batters out of the 59 he faced. He finished with an ERA of 1.37 and FIP of 1.21. Doc Oc also had some good innings but did give up 5 home runs and 8 earned runs. Bucky Barnes did well in relief for the Villains giving up 3 hits and 2 walks in 5.1 innings. He struck out 6 and had no earned runs.
Series Batter: Wolverine
Has to be Wolverine here. He had two home runs (both solo) and had the second best avg (.385) and the best OBP (.429).
Series Pitcher: Hawkeye
There was never going to be anyone else here, although if Bucky had more game time he could have done well.
Once again the Heroes come out on top and the Villains are left with nothing. It seems rather fitting really but it would have been nice to see some competition between the teams. Maybe some player adjustments and roster changes are needed before trying this again. In the end I’m just happy to see Hawkeye coming out on top.