Two of Second City's best clash today as the Sioux Falls Dakota send Paul Rhodes (16-2, 1.75 ERA) to the hill against their hated rivals, the Las Vegas Double Downs who counter with Delino Fischer (16-1, 2.66 ERA).
The Double Downs and Dakota have a long history, battling for the 2nd seed and first round bye in each of the league's first 7 seasons. Both teams have won their division each year and they have finished within 3 games of each other in each of the past 4 seasons. The teams have met in the playoffs 3 times, with the Dakota winning twice.
The upcoming series is key for both teams as they currently sit just two games apart. The 83-42 Dakota hold the #2 overall spot in the standings while the 81-44 Double Downs could take the lead with a series sweep. The Mexico City Bandejos currently lead the NL with an 87-38 record.