Today’s Game Preview: Monday, July 2nd


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Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (32-27) @ Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (25-34)
Game #60 * Monday, July 2nd * 6:35 pm * Regency Furniture Stadium * Waldorf, MD
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance
Monday (6:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Kyle Davies (1-3, 4.09 ERA) @ SMD [RHP] Brett Marshall (2-0, 0.69 ERA)
Tuesday (6:35 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (3-1, 3.03 ERA) @ SMD [RHP] Casey Delgado (4-4, 3.43 ERA)
Wednesday (6:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Cory Riordan (3-3, 3.07 ERA) @ SMD [RHP] Brandon Cumpton (4-3, 4.11 ERA)
Thursday (6:35 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (3-3, 3.48 ERA) @ SMD [RHP] Paul Clemens (1-4, 4.68 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 7.2.18

FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has at least shared first place every day this season and have been alone in first for 61-straight days. The Patriots held at least a share of first place for 72-straight days in the first half last year.
MAGIC NUMBER: Somerset’s magic number to win the first half is at three. That means any combination of Patriots wins and New Britain Bees losses totaling three will clinch a first half championship. The Patriots guaranteed a better record than the Long Island Ducks on Sunday, given that Somerset owns the tiebreaker.
CHAMPAGNE SHOWER IN WALDORF?: The Patriots hope to clinch their 7th half division title under manager Brett Jodie during their four-game set with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs with the first half ending on Thursday, July 5th.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: The Patriots had five players selected to represent the Liberty Division at the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game. Returning All-Stars LHP Duane Below and RHP Cory Riordan are joined by first-year All-Stars OF Julio Borbon, SS Alfredo Rodriguez and IF/OF Mike Fransoso.
HOT ROD: Alfredo Rodriguez has reached base safely in 14-straight games, with hits in 11 of 14. It’s tied for the longest such on streak  the team this year (Craig Massey, 14). He is 17-for-50 (3.40) with seven runs and five RBI over this stretch.
ME AND JULIO: OF Julio Borbon is on an eight-game on-base streak, over which he is 12-for-36 (.333) with two home runs, four steals, five RBI, and seven runs. He has reached base in 28 of his last 30 games, is third in the league in doubles (15), runs (38) and steals (17), fourth in hits (66), & ninth in hitting (.306).
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has a hit in seven of eight and has reached base safely in 11 of last 12. He is 17-for-46 (.370) over this stretch. Massey is 12 PA shy of qualifying amongst league leaders (has 148 PA, needs 160) but his .453 OBP and .347 BA would otherwise lead the league and rank second, respectively
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base safely in six-straight games and 13 of his last 14 games. He is batting .476 (10-21) with two runs, two extra base hits, three walks and three RBI his last six games. His .426 on-base percentage leads the league while his .322 average ranks fifth in the league.
STARTING TO SMASH: Kyle Roller has five home runs, five walks, seven runs, 10 RBI and has increased his slugging percentage from .255 to .368 over his last 13 games. All six of his team-leading six home runs have come since 5/31.
INSANE DUANE: LHP Duane Below has allowed six runs over his last 24.2 IP (2.19 ERA) and ranks third in the league in BAA (.211) and WHIP (0.99), fourth in BB/9 (1.59) and seventh in ERA (3.20). He has won three-straight decisions.
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan leads the league in IP (70.1), ranks third in K (57), second in BB/9 (1.28), and fifth in ERA (3.07). He has three 8+ strikeout games over his last four games. Riordan has struck out 31 batters against just three walks in 27 innings of work over this four-game stretch.
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