Baseball sure is a strange game. And that Earl Weaver quote "Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher" so often holds true - whether it be your team's pitcher or the other guy's. We have seen a few examples of that in the CCBL recently. Last Tuesday, Chatham beat Hyannis 10-0, to jump out to a 6-0 start to their season. The Anglers promptly followed that outburst up by scoring just one run over their next three games. Three Bourne pitchers combined for a no-hitter in an 8-0 rout of Cotuit on Saturday. The next day, Braves hurlers give up 14 hits to Falmouth as the Commodores pounded Bourne by that same 8-0 score. Cotuit, the team on the wrong end of that no-hitter, then puts up 7 runs and 14 hits of their own one day later in a 7-2 romp over Hyannis. Then there's Yarmouth-Dennis where the pitching has been just plain bad lately. How bad? How about giving up 40 runs over three games while losing by scores of 17-12, 14-8 and 9-0.
I have a feeling that the real Chatham team may more closely resemble the one that is on a 4 game losing streak rather than the one that ripped off 6 wins to start the season. The Anglers pitching should be fortified by the arrival of Maine's Tommy Lawrence who's 11-3 record and 2.32 ERA earned him America East's Pitcher of the Year honors this spring. Lawrence was 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA for Chatham last summer.
Maybe the arrival of Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) will help to jump-start Wareham's offense. Sturgeon batted .297 and had 5 homeruns for last year's championship Gatemen team. Through 10 games, Wareham has 3 extra-base hits - two doubles and a homerun.
If the cameras were rolling Friday night at Whitehouse Field, Cotuit second baseman Max Schrock would have been seen on SportsCenter later that night. In the bottom of the sixth, Schrock ranged far to his right to field a ball and with his momentum carrying him well to the shortstop side of the bag, he made a strong, accurate throw to first to nail Harwich's Tanner English. Schrock's play kept Chris Ellis' (Mississippi) no-hitter intact at the time. Ellis gave up a hit and a run in the next inning and the Mariners went on to beat the Kettleers, 3-2. I'm guessing that the best thing about Schrock's play from his perspective is that it gives him bragging rights over Tanner who is his teammate at South Carolina.
Y-D leads the league in team batting avg. with a .264 mark. The Red Sox are last in team ERA at 6.54. Those 40 runs in 3 games might have something to do with that. Harwich is next-to-last in team batting with a .212 avg. but the Mariners have earned their 6-3 record on the strength of a 1.82 team ERA which ranks them second in the league behind Bourne's 1.74 ERA.
The Cotuit and Bourne staffs each have a 1.07 WHIP. Teams are batting just .205 against Falmouth.
Bourne batters have walked only 18 times in 10 games. The Braves have only attempted 7 stolen bases. Maybe that's because they've been successful on just 4 of those attempts.
Y-D and Bourne have been shutout 3 times. Falmouth and Orleans have yet to be blanked.
There have been 15 games decided by one run. Hyannis has been involved in a third of those contests and the Harbor Hawks have won all 5.
Brewster and Wareham are 0-4 on the road.
Orleans is 5-0 against their Eastern rivals. The Firebirds are 0-4 vs. the West.