Harwich's Andrew Leenhouts (Franklin, MA.; Northeastern Univ.) has very quietly posted some impressive numbers for the Mariners this summer. Leenhouts is 4-2 with a 2.23 ERA. Leenhouts' 40.1 innings pitched leads the Harwich staff and opponents are batting just .224 against him. In his second season with Wareham, Keith Bilodeau (Sagamore, MA.; Maine), has bounced back this summer by going 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA over 13.1 IP. The opposition is hitting .224 off Bilodeau. He has struckout 19 while issuing 6 walks. Another local, Joseph Flynn (Plymouth, Franklin Pierce) is putting up some good numbers of his own with the Gatemen. Flynn lost his only decision, but has a respectable 2.94 ERA. He has struckout 15 while walking only 6 in 18.1 innings of work.
Last Thursday, Yarmouth-Dennis beat Cotuit 2-0 in a game that took only 1:52 to complete. If Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched that game, they probably would have been going to the sixth inning in that time.
Brewster has lost five in a row to drop into a tie with Y-D for first place in the East. Not too long ago, the Whitecaps were 8-0 in one-run games. Four of Brewster's last six losses have been by one run and they are now 8-4 in that category. In the other two losses, the Whitecaps fell to Wareham 9-1 and to Cotuit 12-2.
Chatham and Hyannis are in real danger of being the two teams left out of the playoffs. The Harbor Hawks (24 pts.) have dropped 7 in a row and 9 of their last 10. They trail Falmouth by 5 points. Hyannis can get themselves back in the mix since they have three games left to play against Falmouth. Chatham (29 pts.) trails Orleans by eight points for the last playoff spot in the East. The standings are a bit deceptive though since the Anglers have played four fewer games than the Firebirds. The obvious problem facing Chatham is that they have to win those games in hand and they will have to do that with their pitching staff stretched thin. Starting with today's doubleheader against Bourne, Chatham will play 11 games in the final 8 days of the season. Chatham had games wiped out by the weather last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Chatham and Orleans are scheduled to play each other the last two days of the season.
While Chatham has been floundering, Harwich and Orleans could not have picked a much better time to get hot. Entering today's game against Brewster, the Mariners have won 11 of 15. The Firebirds are 7-2-1 in their last ten games.
A lot can happen in the West where three points separate the first place team from third place. Cotuit leads the way with 36 pts., followed by Bourne (34) and Wareham (33).
Brewster's team ERA has risen from 1.99 to 2.60 in a very short period of time. Orleans' 2.40 ERA places them first in that category.
Wareham's .250 team batting average is best in the league. Y-D's .245 avg. puts them in second behind the Gatemen. The Red Sox lead the league with 17 homeruns. Hyannis only has 6 HR's.
Babson infielder Billy Besinger (Milton, MA.) has played for three teams this summer - Chatham, Bourne and Falmouth.
It may not mean much when the playoffs roll around, but as of today, the East leads the West 45-31-2 in head-to-head play.
Chatham has been shutout 6 times. The Anglers have yet to blank an opponent.
West-leading Cotuit is only 6-12 on the road but the Kettleers are 11-3-2 when playing at Lowell Park.