Yesterday, I tweeted that there was a semblance of parity in the league through the first few games of the season. More than a third of the games - 8 of 22 - had been one-run affairs. Last night we had a game decided by 5 runs, two with a six run margin, and Chatham's 10-0 drubbing of Hyannis. That was the largest margin of victory since last June 23 when Orleans pounded Falmouth 14-0. Pat Connaughton, we hardly knew ya! The Notre Dame RHP is scheduled to make his second and final start for Harwich tonight when the Mariners travel to Wareham. Connaughton will be returning to South Bend to take summer classes and get back to work with the Irish basketball team.
Wareham's last three losses have been by a total of four runs.
Ohio State RHP Jaron Long has returned to Bourne and will attempt to quiet Chatham's bats this evening. Long was 3-0 with a 3.46 ERA in 7 starts for the Braves last summer. He endured a tough spring for the Buckeyes, compiling a 6-7 record to go with a 4.02 ERA while the opposition hit .301 off him.
Hyannis is 3-1, despite sitting below the Mendoza Line with a team batting avg. of .191. The Harbor Hawks are doing a good job of putting the ball in play and getting on base though. They have struck out a league-low 28 times and have a .301 OBP.
Through 27 games across the league, there have been 8 homeruns hit. Chatham pitchers have allowed 3 of those HR's.
In 55.2 IP, Falmouth pitching has issued 21 walks, thrown 10 wild pitches, and have hit 6 batters. The Commodores staff has a league-best .191 OBA. Maybe no one wants to dig in against them?
Orleans pitchers have a 47 K / 10 BB ratio. The Firebirds (or Cardinals) staff lead the league in team ERA in 2007-2010 and again in 2012.