Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, August 11th


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Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (19-12, 54-40) @ Sugar Land Skeeters (21-9, 62-31)
Game #95 * Saturday, August 11th * 6:05 pm CST * Constellation Field * Sugar Land, TX
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance
Friday (7:05 pm) SL def. SOM 3-2 (11); Molesky 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K; Boyd first HR; Silverio walk-off single
Saturday (6:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Duane Below (6-4, 4.11 ERA) @ SL [LHP] James Russell (6-3, 2.39 ERA)
Sunday (6:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Kyle Davies (5-6, 3.71 ERA) @ SL [RHP] Matt Sergey (4-5, 4.06 ERA)
Monday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Stephen Perakslis (0-0, 3.66 ERA) @ SL [RHP] Yasutomo Kubo (2-0, 2.31 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 8.11.18

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 spent the first 108-straight days of the season atop the Liberty Division.
EVERYTHING’S BIGGER IN TEXAS: That statement rings true about this upcoming series for the Patriots, as they take on the first-half Freedom Division Champions Sugar Land Skeeters for a seven-game series in Texas. Somerset owns a 6-4 series lead against Sugar Land this year so far, outscoring them 48-37
inVINCEable: Vince Molesky has a 0.93 ERA (three earned runs over 29 IP) with six walks against 23 strikeouts in his five starts this year. Molesky is three innings shy of qualifying amongst league leaders, but his 2.72 ERA would otherwise rank second. He has allowed more than three earned runs in an appearance just once.
THE ‘BIG JON’ EFFECT: Somerset’s pitching staff leads the league in strikeouts (744), has allowed the least amount of walks (231) and ranks second in the league in team ERA (3.43) under Jon Hunton in his first season as pitching coach.
AGE JUST A NUMBER: The 40 year-old Endy Chavez has reached base in 20 of the last 22 games. He is 33-for-91 (.363) with 10 multi-hit games, six runs, eight RBI and has raised his average from .232 to .278 during this stretch.
PATCH EM UP: Justin Pacchioli has reached base safely in 10-straight games and is 12-for-38 (.316) with seven RBI over this stretch. He has an RBI in seven of his last 13, and has either a run scored or an RBI in 24 of his last 28 games.
IT’S A TRAPP!: Justin Trapp is currently riding a 13-game on-base streak. He has two home runs, six RBI, nine steals and 11 runs scored over this stretch.
MAD MAN MASSEY: Craig Massey’s 29-game on-base streak ended 8/10. It marked the longest on the team this year and second longest in the league (Jordany Valdespin, 32). He hit 43-for-117 (.368) over this stretch. Massey currently leads the league in OBP (.436) and ranks third in average (.346).
HOT ROD: Alfredo Rodriguez has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games and is 31-for-85 (.365) with three home runs, 19 runs, and 22 RBI since July 17. The 2018 All-Star Game MVP is sixth in the league in OBP (.397) and 10th in AVG (.309).
BOOMER SOONER: Matt Oberste has reached base in 10 of his last 12 games. The University of Oklahoma alum is 14-for-45 (.311) with two home runs, five runs scored, 11 RBI and has raised his batting average 68 points over this stretch.
ALWAYS ON: Craig Massey leads the league in on-base percentage (.436), while Alfredo Rodriguez ranks sixth (.397) and Mike Fransoso ranks eighth (.393).
LIKE MIKE: LHP Mike Antonini has tossed 18.0 IP with just one earned run (0.50 ERA), with just 10 hits, three walks, and 21 strikeouts since 6/16 (17 games). His 0.77 WHIP leads the league amongst relievers with a minimum of 15 appearances
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