Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (43-24) host the Long Island Ducks (30-38) at 1:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. This is the third game of a four game wrap around weekend series featuring this New York vs. New Jersey rivalry. The two squads have split the first two games of the set. Somerset leads the season series 5-3. Both have been eliminated from first half playoff contention.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Erik Arnesen (5-1, 3.83 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Dontrelle Willis (4-3, 2.91 ERA) will take the hill for the Ducks.
Even All-Time Matchup
Somerset leads the all-time series with Long Island 127-126. These two squads have been rivals since 2000.
Pounding The Zone
Erik Arnesen was Somerset’s Opening Day Starter for a reason as he has 35 strikeouts this year compared to just three walks.
Dontrelle Willis has the second best ERA in the Atlantic League. He won the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year award and also won a World Series Championship with the Florida Marlins that year. Willis won 22 games in 2005 and finished second in the Cy Young voting. In his first six starts he went 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA but in his last four starts he is 2-1 with a 1.16 ERA.
James And The Giant Streak
James Skelton has hit safely in 8 of his last 9 games. He’s hitting .432 for the month of June after hitting just .150 in the month of May.
Jake Can Rake
Jake Fox leads the Atlantic League in home runs with 21 and RBI with 63.
The Patriots lead the Atlantic League with 70 home runs hit as a squad. Somerset also is second in the Atlantic League in runs scored (382) and while boasting the team batting average (.294).
Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the Atlantic League in batting average hitting at a tremendous .341.
The Patriots are 36-9 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 7-15 when they score 3 or fewer runs.
Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 1:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.