Surprise, surprise..... another rainy day in southern New England. I'll be very surprised if we don't see more postponement notices soon for this evening's schedule. Here we are approximately a third of the way through the season. It's hard to pinpoint exactly where we are because of Mother Nature's fickleness. Wareham has played only 12 games. Yarmouth-Dennis has played 16.
In the East, Chatham has come back to the pack as a result of a recent four game losing streak. Y-D has taken over second place after winning 5 of their last 6 contests. Orleans has evened their record at 7-7 after a 0-4 start to the season. Harwich has won 5 of their last 6 games and the Mariners (7-7) are tied with Orleans. In their last two games, Harwich has beaten Y-D and Brewster, both by a score of 1-0. Inconsistency has hurt Brewster. The Whitecaps are last in the East with a 4-7-3 record. Brewster has not been able to put together back-to-back wins. Their inconsistency has plagued the Whitecaps within individual games, not just over the course of the season. On June 19, Brewster led Cotuit 9-3 in the sixth inning but the Kettleers rallied for 10-9 win. On June 29, the Whitecaps held a 7-2 lead over Chatham before seeing the Anglers come back to tie the game at 8-8. Brewster eventually won 9-8, in a game that was shortened to 8 innings.
In the West, Bourne has been playing well, winning 4 of their last 5, to move into first place with 16 points. The Braves lead Cotuit by one point. The Kettleers haven't been able to put together a streak of any kind. They have won two in a row twice, but they also have not lost more than two consecutive games. Wareham (6-5-1) sits in third place with 13 points, but they have played two fewer games than Bourne and Cotuit. The Gatemen should be bolstered by the recent addition of Arkansas' Brett Eibner and Arizona State teammates Jordan Swagerty and Zach Wilson to their active roster. A recent three game losing streak has seen Hyannis fall off the pace. The Mets (5-8) lead last-place Falmouth (4-9-1) by one point.
Although still listed on Cotuit's active roster, mlb.com is reporting that Clemson lefthander Chris Dwyer was in Kansas City on Tuesday for a tour of Kauffman Stadium and he threw a bullpen session while there. Contract talks have heated up between the Royals and their third round draft pick to the point where it is very unlikely Dwyer will be returning to the Cape. Dwyer made his one appearance for Cotuit a winning one as he pitched five innings of three-hit ball while striking out nine. Cotuit's pitching looked a lot better on paper awhile ago than it does now. At one time, the Kettleers had Sean Gilmartin (Florida State), Drew Storen (Stanford) and Chance Ruffin (Texas) on their roster. Gilmartin didn't come to the Cape and was later on the roster of the North Shore Navigators. He is no longer with the NECBL team. Storen was a first-round pick (10th overall) by the Washington Nationals. Ruffin won't be reporting to Cotuit this year.
He has not appeared in a game yet, but Hyannis recently added North Carolina shortstop Ryan Graepel to their roster. In another move, the Mets have signed Brown's Mark Gormley to a contract. Gormley, from Milton, MA., is a lefthanded pitcher who was with Brewster earlier this year.
Falmouth's Ryan Jones (Wichita State) batted .255 for the Commodores last year and finished second in the league with 8 homeruns. After arriving late this year, Jones has gotten off to a slow start, batting just .129 while still looking for his first homerun after nine games.
Chris Bisson (Kentucky) is tied for the league lead in stolen bases with Cotuit teammate Rico Noel (Coastal Carolina). Bisson and Noel have swiped 13 bases but it is going to be difficult for Bisson to maintain that pace as he has seen his batting average plummet to .160.