Lions end Huskies' bid for back-to-back titles

Mohawk Valley captured its first MMDA championship in its 13th year in the league by defeating the No. 3 Fighting Irish in the first round, the No. 2 Brooklyn Dodgers in the second round and the No. 1 Northeast Huskies in the World Series. The Lions won 12 of 16 playoff games (75 percent), while defeating a trio of opponents who could objectively be labeled as the three best teams during the regular season because they led the MMDA in runs scored and run differential.

In the World Series, the Lions jumped out to a two games to one advantage before dropping two in a row at home to send the series back to Northeast, with the Huskies needing only one victory to clinch a second straight MMDA title. The fate of the Mohawk Valley season hinged on Games 6 and 7 starters Stephen Strasburg and Yu Darvish, plus whatever help ace relievers Joe Nathan and Koji Uehara could provide.

As it played out, that quartet of pitchers held the Huskies scoreless on 10 hits over 18 innings, and the Mohawk Valley offense scored just enough runs to win two games and claim the World Series. The Lions eked out a 2-0 win in Game 6, with the runs scoring on a wild pitch and an infield groundout, and then led Game 7 by a 1-0 score heading into the ninth inning, when a series of fluke defensive outcomes goosed the lead to 5-0.

The Lions outscored the Huskies 23-17 in the seven-game World Series, despite being out-homered 5-2. Mohawk Valley pitchers were the story all postseason, for they allowed opponents to hit just .197 against them—the best opponent average in the playoffs—while finishing runners up in strikeout rate (24.3 percent of all batters) and home run rate (0.79 per nine innings).

The Lions' top three starters shined in the World Series. Darvish, Strasburg and Alexi Ogando combined to post a 1.91 ERA over 37.2 innings, while allowing 25 hits and striking out 41 against a stout Huskies lineup. Strasburg, the World Series MVP, went 2-0, 0.73 in his two starts, while Darvish went just 1-2, 2.89 but came up huge in Game 7 by firing 7.2 shutout innings while nursing a 1-0 lead.

Top relievers Nathan and Uehara logged a 2.00 ERA over nine World Series innings, allowing five hits and striking out 11. Even lower-leverage relievers like Steve Cishek, Neal Cotts and Tom Wilhelmsen helped keep the score close by allowing zero runs over nine total innings.

"This World Series title really validates a lot of the shorter-term moves the club has made this year," Lions manager Matt Eddy said after Game 7. "We drafted for card value in February, selecting veterans like Ryan Raburn and Neal Cotts, then traded for hitters Prince Fielder and Carlos Quentin early in the season, then added more card value at the trade deadline by picking up Eric Chavez, Nate McLouth and Derrick Robinson. All those players mentioned contributed in the playoffs."

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2014 Trades

2014 Post-Draft Trades

Block 4 Trades

  • The Dutchmen traded RF Matt Joyce, C Kurt Suzuki and Dutchmen 2 to the Nighthawks for RHP Danny Salazar, 2B Kolten Wong and Nighthawks 4.
  • The Dutchmen traded 1B Prince Fielder and 2B Jemile Weeks to the Lions for SS Chris Owings and C Chris Stewart.
  • The Nighthawks traded 1B Jesus Montero to the Stars for C Rob Brantly.
  • The Maulers traded RHP Justin Masterson and RHP Sergio Romo to the Dodgers for LHP Wandy Rodriguez, RHP Erasmo Ramirez and Dodgers 1.
  • The Blackhawks traded OF Daniel Nava and Blackhawks 7 to the Irish for Irish 3.
  • The Blackhawks traded 1B Josh Satin to the Manatees for Manatees 6.
  • The Stars traded RHP Tanner Scheppers and C Hector Sanchez to the Manatees for RHP Aaron Crow and C Martin Maldonado.
  • The Stars traded RHP A.J. Griffin and Razorbacks 6 to the Irish for RHP Jason Motte, LHP Eric O'Flaherty and Irish 4.
  • The Irish traded OF Craig Gentry to the Blue Jays for LHP Manny Parra.

Block 5 Trades

  • The Bluejays traded LHP Derek Holland to the Roadrunners for Roadrunners 4.
  • The Hooded Crows traded Matt Albers to the Lions for Lions 5.
  • The Breakers traded Breakers 7 to the Hornets for 3B Joaquin Arias.
  • The Huskies traded RHP Brandon Maurer to the Breakers for RHP David Carpenter.

Block 6 Trades

  • The Bombers traded LHP Luis Avilan to the Huskies for RHP Anthony Varvaro.
  • The Hornets traded RHP Jonathan Pettibone to the Manatees for Manatees 5.
  • The Nighthawks traded RHP Bobby Parnell to the Huskies for RHP David Carpenter.
  • The Bluejays traded 1B/OF Jeff Baker to the Huskies for SS Nick Punto.
  • The Bluejays traded OF Shane Victorino to the Huskies for OF David DeJesus.
  • The Bluejays traded RHP Tommy Hunter to the Irish for Irish 5.
  • The Maulers traded OF Nate McLouth to the Lions for Lions 7.
  • The Breakers traded 1B/OF Nick Swisher to the Dodgers for RHP Allen Webster and Dodgers 7.
  • The Roadrunners traded C John Buck to the Razorbacks for Razorbacks 7.
  • The Lions traded OF Nolan Reimold and OF Chris Young to the Breakers for 3B Eric Chavez and OF Derrick Robinson.
  • The Drivers traded Drivers 1, Drivers 3, and Drivers 7 to the Hornets for RHP Tyson Ross and 2B Freddy Galvis.
  • The Huskies traded RHP Josh Beckett to the Breakers for SS Stephen Drew and RHP Adam Warren.

Postseason Trades

  • The Stars traded LHP Madison Bumgarner, RHP Rafael Soriano, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jason Motte, RHP Brandon League, C A.J. Ellis, C Martin Maldonado and Nighthawks 1 to the Maulers for RHP Ervin Santana, C Matt Wieters, 1B Mark Teixeira, OF Mark Trumbo, SS Jose Iglesias and Maulers 1.
  • The Lions traded RHP Joe Nathan to the Roadrunners for RHP Ricky Nolasco.
  • The Pilots traded RHP John Lackey and Pilots 7 to the Maulers for Maulers 3.
  • The Drivers traded 1B Albert Pujols, OF Carl Crawford and Drivers 4 to the Lions for Lions 2, Lions 3 and Lions 6.
  • The Dodgers traded 1B Adam LaRoche to the Bluejays for SS Jimmy Rollins.
  • The Manatees traded OF Denard Span and Pilots 5 to the Lions for RHP Koji Uehara, 2B Rickie Weeks, OF Domonic Brown and RHP Alexi Ogando.
  • The Huskies traded 1B Jeff Baker to the Maulers for Maulers 6.

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