New Britain, CT – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (37-29, 75-61) visit the New Britain Bees (33-33, 69-67) for the first game of a four game weekend series to conclude the 2016 regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 6-10 against the Bees. Somerset is playing a good brand of baseball as the unit has won four of its last five series.
Playoff Picture & Scenario
The Patriots Magic Number over Bridgeport is 2 and Magic Number over New Britain is 1. The Patriots can clinch the Second Half Liberty Division Title with a win tonight AND a Bridgeport loss to Lancaster. The Bluefish host the Barnstormers at 7:12 p.m. Bottom line, if the Patriots win two of their remaining four games then they will qualify for the postseason for the fourth consecutive year in the Brett Jodie Era.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Donovan Hand (4-7, 5.16 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Mike Lee (8-5, 4.39 ERA) will toss for New Britain
Eggs Sunny Side Up
From July 20th through September 10th Aharon Eggleston reached base in every game at least once. It was a streak of 43 games, the longest in franchise history. He has reached base in 45 of his last 46 games.
David Vidal is tied for the Atlantic League lead in home runs with 25. 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.
The Patriots have the best road record in the Atlantic League at 35-31
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 76 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Eric Farris has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games. He is batting .400 in 11 September games with 13 RBI and 2 HRs.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is fourth in the Atlantic League in RBI with 82. He bats .340 with RISP and .359 with two outs and RISP.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 162. That’s 21 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third 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 25 relief appearances (24.0 innings). He has 22 Ks and 2 BBs.
RU Ready For Domination
Vinny Zarrillo is in the midst of a career high 12 game hitting streak
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