Nettuno’s march towards the top has finally caught the eyes of everyone else in the league. After two tough weekends of games against Bologna and Rimini they have come out unscathed, reaching the top in the standings. Bagialemani’s club is not hiding anymore. His team is currently second in the batting average (.294 to Rimini’s .295, Bologna is sitting at .291), with Grimaudo (.369), and Spranga (.364) being amongst the leagues best as we head towards the seasons halfway point. Nettuno also hosts the leagues 4th best mound with a team ERA of 2.25 (San Marino is leading the pack in team ERA, 2.02), that is lead by Romero (0.92) and De Santis (1.76) whom are among the top ten in the IBL. What about their defense? The 21 errors are just a tad above those committed by San Marino and Bologna (16), but after their play over the weekend against Rimini it may be a safe bet to say that their in good shape when it comes to the leather. All these numbers topped off by Bagialemani’s aggressive style of play have paved the way towards an astounding first half of the season for Nettuno, especially after all of the question marks heading into the 2013 campaign. It’s without a doubt a great team to see in action. Everytime they take the field it’s just as if they are playing the seventh game of the finals… Intensity, intensity, intensity sums it all up.
Parma and Reggio Emilia are two teams that are bunched up in the middle of the pack with 2 and 3 losses more then the 4th place team that they are chasing for the last playoff spot. However with this said, the team that they are chasing at the moment is San Marino (2012 IBL Champs), a team that will be very difficult for both Parma and Palfinger to contend with in their head to head matchups in the second half of the season. Let’s say that we should have a better understanding of the playoff picture once we begin play on June 15th when all teams have the same number of games played (Parma will make up their series with Ronchi dei Legionari on the 8th as will Reggio Emilia and Godo).
T&A San Marino and Unipol Bologna split their series over the weekend, which turned out to be good for both sides, individually speaking. Bolonga was coming off of a sweep that they had suffered to a hot Nettuno club, while San Marino had split their last two weekends against two underdog clubs (Novara and Ronchi dei Legionari). Rimini on the other hand showed that they have a solid line up, however the team just couldn’t put it together against Nettuno, as they fell twice to the now first place club. No one is pushing any panic buttons just yet because when you look at the roster that Catanoso has on hand they should defiantly be one of the teams contending for the title at the end of the season.
The bottom of the pack seems to be a fairly balanced race between Novara, Godo, Ronchi dei Legionari and Toshiba Enegan Grosseto, which should make for a very interesting Italian Cup at the end of the 2013 season.