A Few Observations

by Dave B. in

Much of the early focus has been on Chatham's 9-1 start to the season. However, with a doubleheader sweep of Falmouth, the Y-D Red Sox have now won four in a row and sit just two points behind Chatham. The Red Sox streak has coincided with the Anglers  dropping three straight. Chatham has scored just two runs in those three games. After beating Hyannis 2-1 yesterday, for the first time in three tries, Cotuit leads the West by three points over Bourne. The Braves split a doubleheader, beating Harwich 6-3 in the first game before the Mariners came back to win the nightcap 8-1.

The good news for Chatham's Thomas Keeling?  He started last night's game against Orleans and did not allow a hit. The bad news?  He lasted two-thirds of an inning, allowing both Firebirds runs after giving up four walks and throwing 5 wild pitches. That looks like a pitching line from Steve Blass, or maybe Rick Ankiel.

Chatham may have found a silver lining in the loss as Logan Verrett relieved Keeling and pitched 5.1 innings of one-hit ball, walking just one batter while striking out 7. This was Verrett's first appearance on the Cape after arriving from the Team USA trials.

After getting a complete game from Chris Sale in the first game, Y-D pitchers John Leonard and Kevin Rhoderick combined to limit the Commodores to one hit in the second game. Sale's seven inning complete games makes me wonder if the record book could be altered a bit if more pitchers go the distance in the shortened doubleheaders.

Mike Campbell has noted on the league website that the arrival of Louisiana State's Austin Ross and Micah Gibbs will strengthen Y-D. The part I find interesting is that there was no mention of their highly-touted Tiger teammate, Anthony Ranaudo. I mentioned in an earlier post that if Ranaudo does come to the Cape, he will most likely be on a very strict pitch count since he threw 124.1 innings for the national champions.

Another player who starred in the College World Series, Texas' Chance Ruffin, has been dropped from Cotuit's roster. 

Need further proof that pitching is 70% (or more) of the game? Brewster and Falmouth are next-to-last and last in team ERA at 4.15 and 4.17 respectively. The Whitecaps are in last place in the East and the Commodores (3-8-1) are last in the West.

Brewster's 3-6-3 record looks like something you would see in Major League Soccer.

Bourne's Kyle Roller leads the league in batting with a .400 avg.

Y-D has three of the top seven hitters in Austin Wates (2nd; .391), Mickey Wiswall (4th; .360) and Blake Kelso (7th; .327).

Harwich has swiped 17 bases. They have been caught stealing 14 times. Not a very good percentage.

Y-D's Leonard is another example of a player who finds success on the Cape after a less-than-stellar college season. Leonard was 1-5 with a 7.09 ERA at Boston College. In 12.1 innings over 4 appearances for the Red Sox, Leonard is 1-0 with a save and a 0.73 ERA.

Hoping to see a homerun hit at a game you are going to?  Go to a game involving an Eastern division team.   The five East teams have given up the most homeruns. Bourne, Cotuit and Wareham have each allowed just one homerun.

Bourne leads the league in team ERA at 2.00. They are closely folllowed by Cotuit at 2.02. Three Kettleers are in the top nine in individual ERA  -  Justin Grimm (2nd; 0.57), Ben Rowen (4th; 0.69) and Brandon Cumpton (9th; 0.75).