Revs return for some home cookin’
Opening Day went as planned for the York Revolution last Thursday. The next three days? Not so good. The Revs return to York after a four-game series at Sugar Land coming off a three-game losing streak. For the series, York was outscored 20-5, batted .162 (21-of-130), had a .210 on-base percentage and had just nine extra-base hits (only two other teams in the Atlantic League had single digit extra-base hits in the opening weekend).
Thus far, the offense definitely hasn’t lived up to the expectations of Revs manager Andy Etchebarren, who has said previously he believes this offense will be one of the best in the league. I could make excuses: the spring training for York was rather short considering the final two exhibitions were cancelled due to rain, Thursday’s game was York’s first in five days, so the bats could’ve been rusty, etc. But, Sugar Land’s players were also off for five days coming into the series, so that argument really isn’t valid. The truth is York will just have to turn things around at the plate. And Etch’ has proven in the past he can get his team going – In 2011 York lost three or more games in a row six times, with the longest losing streak being five games from May 12 to May 18.
The positives: The positives to take out of all of this is? Well, it’s still quite early in the year. Two of York’s best hitters, James Shanks and Ramon Castro, each have one hit thus far (they are a combined 2-for-29, .069). So, it’s likely the pair will get it going at some point.
The entire pitching staff has a 3.81 ERA (middle of the pack in the league through the weekend, fourth among all teams, second in the division behind Sugar Land). The starters have a 5.63 ERA (10 earned runs over 16 innings) and the bullpen has a 3.71 ERA (seven earned runs over 17 innings). Eight pitchers still have a perfect ERA in at least one inning thrown.
And it should help (1) playing at home and (2) playing Camden, which has the second-worst team batting average after York (.252).
Projected Starters: York returns home Tuesday for the first of a three-game sereis against the Camden Riversharks (2-2). Tuesday will be the first game of a six-game homestand. York will play nine of its next 12 at home. Here are the projected match-ups for starting pitchers for the three-game series against Camden:
Tuesday, 6:35 p.m.: York RHP Corey Thurman (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Mike McGuire (0-1, 8.44 ERA)
Wednesday, 11 a.m.: York LHP Ryan Feierabend (0-1, 9.64 ERA) vs. RHP Sean Jarrett (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Thursday, 11 a.m.: York LHP Chris Cody (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. RHP Bryan Corey (0-1, 3.00 ERA)
Arrivals: Revs’ baseball operations manager Andrew Ball said Monday that right-hander Dumas Garcia is expected to arrive in York on Monday night. Garcia, who is placed on York’s inavtive list, will likely be evaluated by Revs’ pitching coach Mark Mason at some point this week. Garcia, 28, went 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA in nine relief appearances and four starts for York last season after joining the club in early August.
Tuesday’s plan of events: Gates open Tuesday for the general public at 5:30 p.m. with festivities on the field set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Below is a full list of what’s scheduled:
4:45 p.m. — Gates open for Silver Sluggers ticket holders
5:15 p.m. — Gates open for season-ticket holders
5:30 p.m. — Gates open for general public
5:45 p.m. — Parade of Champions on the field (15 local collegiate and high school championship teams)
6:00 p.m. — Introduce the team as one group
6:03 p.m. — Unveil the 2011 championship pennant, followed by ring ceremony honoring the Revs’ 2011 Atlantic League championship (Etchebarren and winning fan receives last rings)
6:15 p.m. — Ceremonial First Pitch, team introductions, national anthem and finally the game
Champions: Here’s a full list of local teams who will be honored during the Parade of Champions on Tuesday (special thanks to Revs’ play-by-play man Darrell Henry for providing this)
York College Men’s Basketball
York College Women’s Basketball
York College Men’s Soccer
York College Cross County / Track & Field
Dallastown Boys Swimming
Dallastown Girls Swimming
Dallastown Girls Tennis
York Suburban Boys Swimming
York Catholic Girls Basketball
York Catholic Boys Soccer
William Penn Boys Basketball
Spring Grove Wrestling
Red Lion Girls Basketball
Red Lion Field Hockey