The Somerset Patriots come to York this weekend for a four-game set that will play a big role in determining the Pats’ playoff chances in what will be the Revs’ final regular season homestand.
Somerset will enter the series trailing York by eight games in the wildcard. Should York get swept by their Freedom Division foe, the Revs would only hold a four-game lead over the Pats with six games left in the season for both clubs. Sure, that would still seem like a comfortable lead for York, but the Revs have to travel out west to end the year with a six-game set in Sugar Land – a team that has been pesky against York all year. Somerset, meanwhile, closes with three against Long Island, which holds the league’s worst second-half record to this point, and Bridgeport, who is still battling Southern Maryland for the second-half Liberty Division title. OK, the Pats would likely have to win out the rest of the way to even hope to force a tie with York. We’ll get to the tie-breaker scenarios should that happen. But for now, here’s a preview of the showdown in York this weekend.
Possible pitching match-ups:
Friday, 6:30 p.m.: York LHP Chris Cody (10-13, 4.30 ERA) vs. LHP Doug Arguello (6-7, 4.09)
Saturday, 11 a.m.: York LHP Ryan Feierabend (7-5, 3.03 ERA) vs. RHP Carlton Smith (3-4, 4.01 ERA)
Saturday, 6:30 p.m.: York LHP Derrick Gordon (3-3, 4.01 ERA in 10 starts for York) vs. RHP Justin Cassel (6-9, 3.38 ERA)
Sunday, 2 p.m.: York RHP Corey Thurman (13-3, 4.05 ERA) vs. LHP Roy Merritt (8-8, 3.23 ERA)
(NOTE***All of the following stats are through Wednesday)
Pitching: The Patriots have been staying alive thanks to their pitching. Somerset is near the tops in the league in earned runs allowed (479, second), ERA (3.86, second), walks (394, 3rd and hits allowed (1,104, 2nd). York sits third in the league in earned runs allowed (510), fourth in ERA (4.12), second in walks issued (388) and fifth in hits allowed (1,211).
Offense: York is 10-6 against Somerset this season, having won three of the five series – York lost in a three-game set and settled for a 2-2 tie in a four-game set. In those 16 head-to-head match-ups, the Revs have outscored the Pats, 75-40. Those numbers are about on pace with everything else this season. For example, York is near the tops in the league in homers (143, 2nd), RBIs (634, 2nd), runs scored (683, 2nd) and batting average (.280, 2nd). Somerset, meanwhile, is at or near the bottom in homers (84, last), RBIs (492, last), runs scored (521, last) and batting average (.260, 6th).
Who’s Hot: Both teams will enter with a handful of hitters on a hot streak at the plate. Somerset’s Yunesky Sanchez (.302, 6 RBIs, 5 runs scored), Carlton Smith (.313, 2 homers, five RBIs, 8 runs), Jeff Nettles (.314, home run, 6 RBIs, 5 runs) and Colin Curtis (.324, 2 RBIs, 3 runs) are batting plus-.300 in their last 10 games. Pats’ outfielder Joe Holden is also hitting .289 with five RBIs and five runs scored in his last 10 games.
York’s Chris Nowak (.350, seven homers, 14 RBIs, 9 runs), Andres Perez (.395, 4 homers, 14 RBIs, 11 runs), Salomon Manriquez (.421, homer, 3 RBIs, 9 runs) and Jeff Fiorentino (.444, RBI, 8 runs) are hitting .350 or better in their last 10 games. Outfielder Brandon Haveman (.298, four RBIs, 8 runs) and short stop Joe Thurston (.286, 2 homers, 8 RBIs, 6 runs) are also swinging well in their last 10 contests.
Promotions: (For full details on game times, promotions or to purchase tickets click here)
FRIDAY: The Revs have plenty of promotions planned for the final regular season homestand in York. Friday’s game is Ladies Night Out and will also feature an umbrella giveaway. A real diamond ring will be buried somewhere in the infield prior to the game, and following the game the first to uncover it gets to keep the ring! Memorial Hospital is also sponsoring a Revolution umbrella giveaway for the first 1,500 fans through the gates at the ballpark.
SATURDAY: Game One (11 a.m.) is unused ticket redemption day where fans who have unused tickets from the 2012 season will be able to redeem those tickets for field box seats or lawn seats for this game only at no additional charge. Game Two (6:30 p.m.) is High School Spirit Night where students, alums and fans are all encouraged to wear their colors and support their teams.
SUNDAY: The usual Sunday fun activities will go on as planned, with a pre-game full-team autograph session (1:05-1:20), and pre-game catch on the field (1:20-1:35). In addition, Revs’ skipper Andy Etchebarren, who is retiring at the end of the season, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. It’s also Fan Appreciation Day as all fans will have a chance to win prizes throughout the game.Read More