Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pitching Matchup; Game of the Day 9/1/11

Portland Sea Dogs (Michael Lee 1-6, 5.12)
vs. Harrisburg Senators (N/A)

Vermont Lake Monsters (Brent Powers 3-2, 4.01)
vs. Staten Island Yankees (N/A)

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Dustin McGowan 0-2, 3.38)
vs. Trenton Thunder (Shaeffer Hall 10-7, 4.26)

New Britain Rock Cats (Andrew Albers 3-1, 3.41)
vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels (Ryan Verdugo 8-5, 4.11)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Chris Hilliard 3-1, 3.72)
vs. Lowell Spinners (Jason Garcia 3-2, 3.51)

Hudson Valley Renegades (N/A)
vs. Connecticut Tigers (Thomas Collier 3-1, 1.97)

Game of the Day NYPL Stedler - As we enter the last few days of the season, the Connecticut Tigers (35-34) currently hold a half game lead over the Vermont Lake Monsters (35-35). Connecticut has five games remaining, all at home, and they close out a three game series against Hudson Valley tonight. Thomas Collier will get his third straight start at home for the Tigers. In four starts at Dodd Stadium this season he is 2-0 with a 0.41 ERA and has allowed only 11 hits and 7 walks while striking out 24 batters over 22 innings. Collier has not allowed a run over his last 11 2/3 innings of work.

Vermont only has four games left on the slate and none loom larger than tonight’s game against Staten Island, as the Lake Monsters look to avoid a three game sweep at the hands of the Yankees. Vermont sends Brent Powers to the hill for his twelfth start of the season. He did face Staten Island back on July 9th when he picked up a loss, but only allowed 2 earned runs and 4 hits in 5 innings. Powers has a 1.41 WHIP which is the tenth highest mark in the league and his 4.01 ERA is eleventh highest. The Lake Monsters have dropped two straight and five of their last seven games.

Lastly, it would be in everyone’s best interest to keep a close eye on the Tri-City ValleyCats (33-38), who are still three games behind the Tigers, but find themselves in an almost identical position as they did last year when they charged towards the top of the standings, passing Vermont and Connecticut along the way, to win the Stedler on the last day of the season. The ValleyCats look to sweep the Aberdeen IronBirds (22-48) tonight before finishing the season with three games in Vermont. A win tonight by Tri-City and losses by Connecticut and Vermont will make this already highly-anticipated weekend, even more insane.

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