Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, June 17th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (26-19) vs. New Britain Bees (21-25)
Game #46 * Sunday, June 17 * 1:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance:
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. NB 7-0; Trevor Foss 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 H; 4-run 7th including Borbon & Gonzalez 2Bs
Saturday (7:05 pm) NB def. SOM 7-5; Kyle Roller 1st HR at home this year; Patriots bullpen concedes 5-3 lead in 8th
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (2-2, 3.85 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Mark Hamburger (4-3, 4.02 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 6.17.18

FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has held at least a share of first place for every day so far this season. The Patriots were in held at least a share of first place for 72 straight-days in the first half last year, with only three days tied.
ALL TOGETHER NOW: All 10 Patriots players to record an at-bat in Friday night’s game recorded a hit. It marked the first time this season 10 different Patriots batters had a hit in the same game and the third time that every Patriots batter in a game recoded a hit (5/3 vs. LI, 6/6 @ SL).
THE BURGER SPECIAL: C Adam Weisenburger has reached base safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is 8-for-26 (.306) with two home runs, seven runs and eight RBI over this stretch. That includes seven RBI in his last six games.
ME AND JULIO: OF Julio Borbon has reached base safely in 17 of his last 18 games and is 28-for-89 (.315) with a HR, 13 RBI, eight SB and 16 runs over his last 22 games. He’s hit safely in 25 of his last 30 games, leads the league in doubles (15), is tied for second in XBH (20), and ranks t-ninth in SLG (.472).
NO RELATION TO ROGER: Danny Dorn has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games. He is 20-for-51 (.392) with a home run and 17 RBI and has raised his AVG from .225 to .295 over this stretch.
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan picked up a no-decision after allowing three runs with eight Ks in Saturday’s game vs. the Bees. He leads the league in IP (56.1), is second in K (44), fourth in BB/9 (1.28) and seventh in ERA (3.20).
EASY BEING TEASLEY: LHP Rick Teasley returned from a two-week stretch on the inactive list on May 24th. Since his return, he has allowed just three earned runs over 20.2 IP in four starts, good for a 1.31 ERA and 19 strikeouts.
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has reached base in 15 of his last 17 games, having raised his OBP from .286 to .462. He is 22-for-57 (.386) from the plate with five steals, 10 RBI, 15 runs and 13 walks over this stretch. He has reached base in 35 of his last 70 plate appearances (.500 OBP) over his last 17 games.
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base in 17 of his last 21 games. He currently ranks second in the league in OBP (.425) and seventh in AVG (.317).
K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak struck out 10 batters over 5.2 IP Thursday. He carries a 1.59 ERA and has allowed just four walks and 14 hits with 28 strikeouts in his first 22.2 innings pitched this year.
A LOT OF BUZZ: The Patriots won the season series over the Bees last year 12-7, outscoring them 107-79. New Britain owns a 4-2 advantage in 2018.
FOR YOU, DAD: The Patriots have dominated on Father’s Day in recent memory. Over the last four years, the Patriots are undefeated on the third Sunday in June, while outscoring their opponents 25-13. They are 7-1 on Father’s Day since 2010, and today will mark the ninth consecutive home game on this day.
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