Waldorf, MD – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (35-18, 81-42) visit the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (21-33, 58-65) for the first game of a four game wrap around Labor Day Weekend series. First pitch from Regency Furniture Stadium will be at 7:05 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 13-3 against Southern Maryland and dating back to last year the Pats are 27-9 against Crustacean Nation.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Erik Arnesen (12-2, 3.21 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Ian Marshall (11-6, 3.48 ERA) will take the hill for the Crabs.
The Patriots magic number to clinch the postseason is 6 (any combination of Sugar Land wins and/or Lancaster losses). The Patriots look to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The Patriots have won 31 of their last 38 games, 19 of their last 22, 16 of their last 18 games and 9 of last 10. Somerset has won six consecutive series. Currently at high-water mark of being 39 games above .500.
The Patriots lead the Barnstormers by 16.5 games in the wild card. The Patriots trail the Skeeters by 3.5 games in the second half Freedom Division race.
The Somerset Patriots have not lost back-to-back games since July 19th & July 21st
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots have scored the most runs in the Atlantic League (661)
The Patriots bullpen has thrown 81.1 innings in the month of August and only allowed 14 runs. That’s good for a microscopic 1.55 ERA.
The Patriots are 68-15 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 13-27 when they score 3 or fewer runs.
Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 7:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.