New Britain, CT – Today the Somerset Patriots (38-31, 76-63) visit the New Britain Bees (35-34, 71-68) for the final game of a four game weekend series to conclude the 2016 regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 7-12 against the Bees.
The Somerset Patriots secured a postseason slot Friday night by winning 5-1 and claiming the Second Half Liberty Division Title. It’s the franchises fourth straight playoff appearance and 13th time qualifying for the postseason in the franchise’s 19 years of existence. The Patriots will battle the Ducks for a best-of-five first round series starting Wednesday, September 21st at TD Bank Ballpark.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Efrain Nieves (3-0, 2.30 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while right hander Dylan Thompson (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will toss for New Britain.
Eric Farris has hit safely in 23 of his last 26 games. He is batting .397 in 14 September games with 15 RBI and 3 HRs.
David Vidal is second in the Atlantic League lead in home runs with 26. 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. Only Jeremy Barfield of Sugar Land has more home runs at 27. Barfield has played in 49 more games than Vidal and received 191 more at bats.
The Patriots have the best road record in the Atlantic League at 36-33
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 71 more walks than the next closest team in the league
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is fourth in the Atlantic League in RBI with 83. He bats .344 with RISP and .367 with two outs and RISP.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 164. That’s 20 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 26 relief appearances (25.0 innings). He has 23 Ks and 2 BBs. He has yielded eight hits (two extra base hits) all year.
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