Series 4: York @ Bridgeport

Editor’s Note: Relive the weekend sweep of Long Island through recaps on Game 1, Game 2 and Game 3.

If you’re a York Revolution fan, you’re riding high right now.

The three-game losing streak to start the season is history. The Revs just clobbered one of the perennial powers in the Atlantic League (Long Island) in a three-game sweep. And despite a 5-4 record, that’s a mark good enough to call yourself the Freedom Division leader at the moment. (Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: Lancaster has lost seven straight games).

Life doesn’t get much better. But let me play devil’s advocate for a minute and serve up a bit of a buzz kill.

Yes, York’s pitching is cruising along. The staff entered Sunday with the league lead in strikeouts (66) and the bullpen has only allowed four runs in its last 30 2/3 innings. But what about that offense that I underlined as a big question mark prior to the season?

It’s struggling. York is hitting .237 as a team (68-for-287) and what’s even more alarming is that number is skewed by two games — Friday’s 11-4, 14-hit thrashing of the Ducks and a 9-0, 12-hit outburst over Southern Maryland. A whopping 38 percent of the Revs’ hits came in those two games alone.

Should this worry manager Chris Hoiles? I think the answer is unequivocally, “Yes.” The pitching is good, but you can’t expect the bullpen to maintain a sub-2.00 ERA for the entire year. It just won’t happen. So what needs to happen for York to continue to win games?

One, the team needs to continue its patience. The Revs walked seven times in Sunday’s win over Long Island and that was a huge key in the game. That allowed basically one hit (Keoni De Renne’s two-run single) to provide enough offense. Second, Matt Padgett (pictured) and Matt Dryer need to get going. Dryer finished the homestand 2-for-15 and Padgett was 4-for-22. So far, Jason Aspito (6-for-22 on the homestand with two homers) and Tyler Von Schell (8-for-18 with five doubles and five RBIs) have been able to provide just enough for York to get by. But eventually that won’t be enough when the pitching comes back to earth.

To be clear, the season is still only nine games old. And Dryer and Padgett will eventually put up numbers. But so far, the offense seems to be borrowing a page from that pitching coach in “Rookie of the Year” — using hot and cold to get it done. So with that said, let’s take a look at the Bridgeport series.

Bridgeport Notes: The Bluefish have a couple of hitters who have been red hot lately. Entering Sunday’s games, Ryan Bear was batting .429 in his last eight games and had 12 hits to go along with two homers. 2007 Atlantic League Player of the Year Jesse Hoorelbeke was also off to a good start. He’s hitting .308 with a homer and five RBIs… Former Revolution infielder Luis Lopez is hitting .241… Bluefish ace Eric Dubose is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 innings so far… Former Revolution pitcher Matt Ford is 1-0 despite a gaudy 13.50 ERA in 2 2/3 innings… Bridgeport had the worst pitching staff in the league as of Sunday. The unit had a 6.21 ERA and had allowed a league-high eight homers.

York Revolution Notes: Keoni De Renne, the catalyst of the Revs’ lineup and arguably the most important offensive player, is coming on a bit. He had three hits in Saturday’s game and the big hit in Sunday’s win… Reid Price has only allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. He also picked up the save in Sunday’s win over the Ducks… Aaron Myette turned in the Revs’ longest outing of the year, throwing 6 1/3 innings in a 2-0 shutout against Southern Maryland. We should see starters going deeper into games now that they have a longer leash from pitching coach Tippy Martinez… The Revs only have one sacrifice bunt in nine games… York is 5-0 when leading after six innings.

Pitching Probables (York’s starters first)

Game 1: Aaron Myette (1-1, 4.91 ERA) vs. Eric Dubose (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

Game 2: Corey Thurman (0-2, 7.00 ERA) vs. Tim Drew (1-0, 4.50 ERA)

Game 3: Aaron Rakers (1-1, 7.88 ERA) vs. Rafael Bergstrom (0-0, 3.09 ERA)

Editor’s Note: Bridgeport’s starters based on the pitching rotation manager Tommy John has used in the early season. Thus, other than Dubose, starters are subject to change.

*Photos by John Pavoncello.

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5 Responses

  1. They faced some pretty good pitching against southern maryland in game 5.

    That guy struck out I think 10 of our guys which is impressive.

    But I think these guys are getting used to playing with eachother and it is starting to show as they are getting ahead early in most of the games.

    Hioefully the Bluefish are as weak as they were last season and give us at least 2 of 3.

    Thanks for the blog its nice having a website that is similar to the Barnstormers (who I might add are a bunch of knuckleheads)

  2. I forget the record and I’ll have to look it up at the office, but York really struggled playing at Brigeport for some reason last season.

    But judging by the numbers so far, the ‘Fish’s pitching is a welcome sight for the Revs even though they’ll go against arguably the best starters Bridgeport has.

  3. Is it possible that Dryer is still hurting a bit and that’s impacting his performance?

    Of his five hits this season, I can recall 2-3 that were infield hits, so it’s hard to say that his .192 average is just bad luck. If anything, it could look worse right now.

    I actually like that Hoiles has stuck with Padgett in the number 3 spot. He has five walks against only five K’s to this point, so it’s not like he’s out there hacking away.

    I agree that they’ll both be factors before too long, assuming they are healthy.

    I don’t see the bullpen slowing down too much. If Munro is ready to start before too long, Rakers would give the pen another terrific arm.

  4. Dryer says his shoulder injury doesn’t effect his hitting and judging by his performance in spring training, that seems to be true.

    He’s one of the streakiest players in the league. When he gets hot, he’s capable of hitting .400 for a couple weeks or so.

  5. I didn’t realize that he had a strong spring. He’ll start hitting before too long, I’m sure.

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