Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (5-5, 43-37) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (6-5, 41-40) for the first game of a four game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Skeeters are in first place in the second half Freedom Division standings. The Patriots are in third place in the second half Liberty Division standings. The Patriots are 1-9 against the Skeeters this year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Rudy Owens (1-2, 5.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Jake Hale (2-2, 2.81 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land.
The Patriots are in the midst of their fourth different four game losing streak this year
A Cut Above The Rest
David Vidal is hitting .327 this year when he only hit .259 last year
During Somerset’s last 12 games the bullpen has been impeccable. They have logged 50.0 innings and yielded only seven runs which is good for a 1.26 ERA. They’ve struck out 47, walked 7 and allowed 27 hits.
Eric Farris has tallied 28 hits in his last 15 games (28 for his last 60 so .467 BA). He has eight multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .298. He has hit safely in 13 of the 15 contests
Turn Around Bright Eyes
Brian Van Kirk began his Somerset career 2-for-28 but since is 2-for-2 in his last two at bats
Jon Hunton is 13-for-13 in his last 13 save opportunities
Texas Sized Problem
The Patriots have mustered three runs or fewer in nine of the ten games against the Skeeters this year
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 114. That’s 29 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is second in the league with 27. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 25. Eric Farris is sixth in the league with 20.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
In his last 14 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 14.0 innings, yielded 0 runs, struck out 11 and walked two batters
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 29 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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