HAVANA TIMES, Feb. 28 — Industriales is the baseball team of the Cuban capital and there come from behind route to the championship last season was big time in Havana. Their traditional rivals, Santiago de Cuba didn’t make it to the finals.
Now, with only 20 games left in the 90-game regular season both Industriales and Santiago are struggling and in danger of elimination from any playoff action.
Going into the games on Tuesday, March 1, Cienfuegos has a commanding five game lead in the Western Division over Pinar del Rio and Habana with Sancti Spiritus six out of first. With four teams qualifying for the post season, Industriales, which lost all six of its games last week, finds itself in fifth place 11.5 games out of first and 5.5 behind Sancti Spiritus.
In the Eastern Division, Ciego de Avila has a slim one game lead over Guantanamo with Granma four games out of first followed by Villa Clara, last season’s league runners-up at 6.5 out. Santiago de Cuba, like Industriales, is in fifth place, 10.0 games out of first.
Play resumes with a full schedule on Tuesday. The same teams play on Wednesday and Thursday.
Villa Clara plays in Pinar del Rio; Ciego de Avila travels to San Jose de las Lajas top lay Habana; in a highly attractive series, Industriales hosts Granma; Holguin plays in Matanzas; Las Tunas hosts Isla de la Juventud; Santiago plays at home against Camaguey, and in what should be a tough series, Guantanamo hosts Sancti Spiritus.
Standings including games of Feb. 27, 2011
|Teams (Western Division)||W||L||GB|
|Pinar del Rio||40||29||5.0|
|Isla de la Juventud||26||43||19.0|
|Teams (Eastern Division)||W||L||GB|
|Ciego de Avila||43||26||—|
|Santiago de Cuba||33||36||10.0|