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 97-straight days to begin the season.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Patriots have won 10 of 11 games at home to begin the second half. They have allowed more than two runs just twice in the 11 games, and have yielded just 13 earned runs over 104 innings (1.13 ERA).
KUUUUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak is 4-0 with a 1.34 ERA, 42 strikeouts and just nine walks over 33.2 IP in his last five starts. The 6’7” righty leads the league in ERA (2.17), BAA (.223). WHIP (1.10) and ranks second in K (79). Kubiak also owns a 5-0 record with a 0.85 ERA, 38 K and nine walks in 31.1 IP on the road.
MAD MAN MASSEY: IF Craig Massey saw his 16-game hit streak end Wednesday night (third longest in league), but is still on an 18-game on-base streak. During the streak, he has eight multi-hit games, and is 27-for-75 (.360) with a home run, eight RBI, and 13 runs scored. Massey leads the league in OBP (.436) and ranks second in hitting (.348).
AGE JUST A NUMBER: The 40 year-old Endy Chavez is riding a 10-game on-base streak. He is 16-44 (.364) with three three-hit games, four multi-hit games, five runs, five RBI and has raised his average from .232 to .260 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 10-game on-base streak over which he is 12-33 (.364) with four runs and 10 RBI. Gonzalez has yet to commit an error this year and Patriots’ pitchers have a combined 3.01 ERA when he is catching.
PATCH EM UP: Justin Pacchioli, although not safely, has reached base in 15 consecutive games dating back to 6/30. He is now a perfect 21-for-21 in stolen base attempts to lead the team. His 21 steals also rank fifth in the league. Additionally, Pacchioli has scored 15 runs in the last 15 games.
HOT ROD: Alfredo Rodriguez is currently on a nine-game hit streak, over which he is 14-for-34 (.412) with a home run, eight runs, 13 RBI and a .512 OBP. The 2018 All-Star ranks eighth in the league in OBP (.395) and 12th in AVG (.305).
NATE THE GREAT: Infielder Nate Coronado has impressed in his first week with the team. He has hit safely in six of the seven games he has played in, with two RBI, three runs scored, three stolen bases, and an average with Somerset of .310
LIKE MIKE: LHP Mike Antonini has tossed 14 IP with just one earned run (0.64 ERA), with just eight hits, two walks, and 16 strikeouts since 6/16 (13 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