New Britain, CT – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (37-30, 75-62) visit the New Britain Bees (34-33, 70-67) for the second game of a four game weekend series to conclude the 2016 regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 6-11 against the Bees.
Playoff Picture & Scenario
The Patriots Magic Number over New Britain is 1. If the Patriots win one of their final three games they will clinch the Second Half Liberty Division Title. The Bees must win all three of their remaining games to win the Second Half Liberty Division Title.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (6-2, 3.50 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Nate Roe (5-2, 5.71 ERA) will toss for New Britain.
Where There’s A Will There’s A Way
Will Oliver has yielded three runs or fewer in 13 of his 15 starts
The Patriots have only mustered one run in their last 24 innings
David Vidal is second in the Atlantic League lead in home runs with 25. That’s also a career-high. He has three multi-homer games this year. He had 12 homers all of last year. He has 11 go ahead home runs this year.
The Patriots have the best road record in the Atlantic League at 35-32
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 75 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Eric Farris has hit safely in 22 of his last 25 games. He is batting .389 in 13 September games with 13 RBI and 2 HRs.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is fourth in the Atlantic League in RBI with 82. He bats .340 with RISP and .359 with two outs and RISP.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 162. That’s 21 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is fourth in the league with 37.
Jim Miller, the former big leaguer with the Yankees, Orioles, Rockies and A’s, has yet to allow an earned run in 25 relief appearances (24.0 innings). He has 22 Ks and 2 BBs.
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