What we learned from week five

THE Australian Baseball League season reached its midway point on the weekend and the middle of the ladder remains as congested as it did a week ago.

With Melbourne streaking out in front and Perth faltering at the bottom it looks like four teams will spend the second half of the season battling for two playoff spots.

Here are six things we learned from round four of the ABL season:

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What we learned from week four

MELBOURNE extended its lead at the top of the ABL standings with a resounding win in its top-of-the-table series against Canberra.

Elsewhere, Adelaide recorded its second series win in Perth to climb to third and Sydney stayed in second after earning a home split against Brisbane.

Here are six things we learned from round four of the ABL season:

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Who has the best starting rotation in the ABL?

THE best starting rotations in the ABL are bound to get better after Melbourne and Sydney both announced the signing of Major League arms this week.

Chris Oxspring will take to the mound for the Sydney Blue Sox this weekend for the first time since January 2013 and Jeremy Guthrie will link up with the Aces in the second half of the season.

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What we learned from week three

MELBOURNE finally ended its road series hoodoo and did it in style with a sweep over Claxton Shield holders Brisbane.

Canberra continued to show off its powerful offence in a series win over Adelaide and Sydney topped Perth to leave the Heat stranded to the bottom of the ABL standings.

Here are six things we learned from round three of the ABL season:

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Hamburger with the lot

MELBOURNE starter Mark Hamburger pitched a complete game shutout and the Aces’ offence returned to form in a series-opening victory over Brisbane.

Hamburger struck out 12 hitters and allowed two hits without a walk in nine innings of dominance as Melbourne took a 1-0 series lead on the road for just the 13th time in 40 attempts.
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