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Series 2: Southern Maryland @ York

How does the saying go?

Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it?

In case you forgot how last season started, I’ll lay it out for you. The York Revolution lost the first four games in franchise history — three in Bridgeport, Ct. and one in Camden, N.J. — and it was an uphill battle from that moment forward. York never really settled in and went on to a 26-37 record in the first half.

And after his club was dealt another sweep to start the 2008 season, manager Chris Hoiles cannot feel comfortable right now — especially with the health of starting pitchers Landon Jacobsen and Pete Munro up in the air. But the Revs do have a few things going for them heading into Tuesday’s series with Southern Maryland. For starters, this is an improved team. There’s no questioning that. Second, playing a home game might be enough to stop a prolonged losing streak.

But the Revs better turn things around quickly. Somerset (2-1) and Lancaster (2-1) already have a two-game lead on York in the Freedom Division. So let’s take a look at the breakdown of the upcoming series with the Blue Crabs (1-2).

Player to Watch: Matt Esquivel (York) — Esquivel started the opener in Camden as the No. 3 hitter, then hit sixth on Saturday and Sunday. I have to say I’m surprised by the quick shift of the lineup. You would think Esquivel would get more than one chance to prove himself as the Revs’ No. 3 hitter despite going 1-for-12 in the series against Camden. The former Atlanta Braves’ prospect had this to say about playing in the Atlantic League this year.

“I wanted to get back into the scene of playing baseball and I want to show what I can do in between the lines,” said Esquivel, who was suspended for undisclosed reasons with the Braves’ organization on more than one occasion. “I love playing and any avenue that I can use to get back to affiliated ball, that’s the goal.”

Southern Maryland Notes: The Blue Crabs went 1-2 in their opening series and George Sandel was a bright spot. Sandel is hitting .444 through three games — good for ninth in the Atlantic League… Former Lancaster Barnstormer Eric Crozier launched two home runs in the Crabs’ opening series, which has him tied for the league lead with Ian Bladergroen… Former Revolution pitcher Jeff Farnsworth was hit hard in his first appearance with Southern Maryland. The reliever turned starter gave up five earned runs and walked five in five innings while picking up a no decision… John Halama is also now a member of Butch Hobson’s squad. In his first start, Halama went six innings without allowing a run.

York Revolution Notes: Jason Aspito is currently the Revs’ best hitter and that’s not saying much. Aspito was 3-for-10 with two RBIs over the weekend against Camden… The health of the pitching staff will be a big question mark for York from this moment forward, but it might not be something the Revs have to deal with quite yet. The weather report for Tuesday’s home opener is very dubious, and I’m sure York would welcome a rainout. That would allow Wayne Franklin to get another day of rest and Aaron Myette could take his regularly scheduled turn on Thursday… The Revolution bullpen has been the bright spot of the club so far. Matt Trent, Jason Olson, Travis Phelps and Dave Veres all looked solid in their outings in Camden.

Pitching Probables: (York’s starters first)

Game 1: LHP Wayne Franklin (0-0, 54.00 ERA) vs. RHP Adam Johnson (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Game 2: RHP Aaron Myette (0-1, 11.57 ERA) vs. RHP Dan Reichert (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Game 3: RHP Corey Thurman (0-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Ryan Bicondoa (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

As suspected, with Monday’s off-day, York will skip the No. 5 starter’s turn in the rotation and send Myette to the mound on Wednesday on his normal rest. Bicondoa pitched 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in his first start against Somerset to pick up the win.

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9 Responses

  1. I think that the short spring training has an effect as well. Hoiles hasn’t really had a shot to tinker with the lineup card. He might just still be feeling things out. I think that a few guys in the lineup were out of place the past few nights.

  2. The short spring training definitely causes more issues than people in the league let on. You see that every starting pitcher is only going five innings right now — even the guys who are throwing shutout ball. The reason? They’re not capable of topping 70 to 80 pitches yet.

    I’m in agreement that some of the guys in this lineup are out of place right now. So we’ll have to wait and see what combination seems to work.

  3. Esquivel is going to put a dent into the Arch Nemesis before his time in York is over. He crushed a few line-drive outs this weekend. I’d like to see him hitting third again. I think Esquivel, Padgett, Dryer, Aspito is still the best 3-4-5-6 arrangement for now.

  4. I made an error in the post today. Esquivel hit sixth on Saturday and Sunday.

  5. Post is updated with the pitching probables.

  6. Matt Esquivel is huge.

  7. He’s listed at 220. I would say closer to 250, but that’s just me. And i’m not calling the guy fat, either.

  8. Don’t forget that the Revs didn’t have a home for a while last year too…that situation is different this year so I don’t expect their early season troubles to haunt them for quite as long.

  9. Solid point footballprofessor. Playing in front of 6,000 fans tonight will add plenty of extra energy that York simply didn’t have for the first six weeks of last season.

    Just saw Southern Maryland pitcher Derrick DePriest walking down the street in York as I was driving. He sticks out like a sore thumb on the street corner.

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