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Starting Pitchers coming series
AMSTERDAM Neth.) - On Thursday-evening, the second 3-game series of the season opens and the starting pitchers are set. Most Head Coaches and Pitching Coaches didn't change their opening rotations, but two teams did and they will face each other.

(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In the Opening Series, the top-4 of the last seven seasons began with three victories, meaning four teams were without a win.

But that will change in the coming series, as two of the unbeaten teams will face each other, as will two of the winless teams.

Beginning with two games at home in Hoofddorp, unbeaten Vaessen Pioniers will meet unbeaten DOOR Neptunus. This will be an interesting series, as it marks the first time the teams meet each other since last years Holland Series in which Neptunus swept Pioniers 4-0. But the series also will be interesting for another reason, as Neptunus is set to become the first team in history to win its 1,000th game on the big league-level. With its first win, Neptunus will reach the mark, but of course, Pioniers wants to prevent that it wins this historic game against them.

Both teams are going with the same rotation as last week, meaning we will having a lefty match-up in the opener on Thursday when Diegomar Markwell (Neptunus) faces Venezuelan Ricardo Hernandez (Pioniers).

UVV and Mr. Cocker HCAW will open their series with two games in Vleuten on Thursday and Saturday. UVV was swept last weekend by L&D Amsterdam Pirates, while HCAW lost three games to Vaessen Pioniers. Both will go with the same rotation. The UVV vs. HCAW series is always interesting, because of the regional character. However, since making its comeback in the big league in 2011, UVV has won 15 of the 18 games played against HCAW.

The third series that will go with an unchanged pitching rotation is that between Mampaey The Hawks and L&D Amsterdam Pirates, which begins with two games in Dordrecht. Veteran Rob Cordemans will start on Thursday-evening for Amsterdam and will face the club where he once started his baseball career. Amsterdam played without its regular rightfielder Bas de Jong in the weekend, after he had bruised his right ring finger during the opener on Friday. It is expected that De Jong will return into action during the coming series.

The fourth series is that between ADO Lakers and Corendon Kinheim in which the first two games are played at The Hague. These teams are the only two that changed their rotation. For Kinheim, David Bergman starts the opener, as he did last week. But in the weekend, the two starters are switched, as Glenn Wassink now starts on Saturday instead of Sunday, with Nick Veltkamp moving from Saturday to Sunday. ADO Lakers Head Coach Eugene Henson added a new starter to his rotation, as he named righthander Jeremy Winkel to start the opener on Thursday. Last Sunday, Winkel pitched one inning in relief in the third game against Neptunus. In the weekend, Henson is going with the same starters, meaning Ibrahin Redan, who started the Opening Game of the season, is now in the bullpen.

Schedule & Starting Pitchers coming series

(April 23)

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