1ST HALF LIBERTY DIVISION CHAMPIONS: Somerset have clinched their 7th half division title under manager Brett Jodie and their league-record 19th half championship in franchise history and is now guaranteed a playoff spot. Somerset has also been atop the Liberty Division for 96-straight days to begin the season.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Patriots have won eight-straight games at home to begin the second half. They have not allowed more than two runs in any of the eight games, and have yielded just seven earned runs over 77 innings (0.82 ERA).
DEFENSE WINS ‘SHIPS: Somerset has not made an error in its last 10 games spanning 92 innings. They boast an Atlantic League-best .980 fielding percentage.
MAD MAN MASSEY: IF Craig Massey is riding a 15-game hitting streak, the longest on the team this year. During the streak, he has eight multi-hit games, and is 26-for-66 (.394) with a home run, eight RBI, and 11 runs scored. Massey ranks first in the league in OBP (.436), and second in hitting (.359).
AGE JUST A NUMBER: The 40 year-old Endy Chavez is riding a nine-game hit streak. He is 16-42 (.381) with three three-hit games, four multi-hit games, five runs, five RBI and has raised his average from .232 to .262 over this stretch.
DOIN’ IT ALL: Yovan Gonzalez is proving just how valuable he is to this team lately. The third-year Patriot is riding a seven-game hit streak over which he is 11-27 (.407) with four runs and 10 RBI. Gonzalez has yet to commit an error this year and Patriots’ pitchers have a combined 3.06 ERA when he is catching.
RAZOR RAMON: Ramon Flores has reached base in 14-straight games to begin his Somerset career. He is hitting .310 with three home runs, eight RBI, 10 runs, and a .894 OPS over this stretch with eight multi-hit games. Additionally, Flores is 12-for-31 (.387) with two home runs and five RBI in his last seven games.
HOT ROD: Alfredo Rodriguez is currently on a seven-game hit streak, over which he is 12-for-28 (.429) with a home run, seven runs, nine RBI and a .529 OBP. The 2018 All-Star ranks seventh in the league in OBP (.397) and 12th in AVG (.304).
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base safely in nine-straight games and 22 of his last 23. His .402 on-base percentage ranks fifth in the league.
KUUUUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.35. In the four starts, he has tossed 26.2 IP, with 22 hits, nine walks, and 31 K. Kubiak also owns a perfect 5-0 record with a 0.85 ERA, 38 K and seven walks in 31.1 IP on the road.
LIKE MIKE: LHP Mike Antonini has tossed 13 IP with just one earned run (0.69 ERA), with just seven hits, one walk, and 14 strikeouts since June 16th (12 games)
KD TREY-ONE: After a rough outing last week against the Blue Crabs, Kyle Davies bounced back on Monday night to shut them out with six strong innings with just four hits and two walks. Davies is now 4-1 in his last five starts with a 0.94 ERA, amassing 28.2 IP, while allowing 23 hits and nine walks to go with 22 K