After a late November blip, the Charros de Jalisco have comfortably qualified for the Mexican Pacific League (LMP) baseball playoffs, which are due to start Monday, January 1.
The Charros went into the final game of the regular season on Thursday, December 28 against the Tomateros de Culiacan in fifth position in the overall standings, with a 34-31 win-loss record.
Just 6.5 games behind leaders Aguilas de Mexicali, the team hit a low point in November when a string of losses put their qualification for the playoffs in doubt. The Charros had enjoyed a flying start to the season winning seven of their first eight games, but were unable to maintain the same pace as the season’s segunda vuelta (second half) began.
The past two weeks, however, have seen the Charros recapture their offensive magic, led by team captain Manny Rodriguez. The change in fortunes coincided with a change of coach – Roberto “Chapo” Vizcarra replacing Tony Tarasco on November 28. The new leadership has been crucial. Under Vizcarra’s guidance, the team has posted a 14-10 record (as of Thursday, December 28) that includes December whitewashes against the Ciudad Obregon Yaquis and Mayos de Navajo.