Series 5: York @ Somerset

Editor’s Note: Check out the Dispatch’s View of Sovereign Bank Stadium.

The York Revolution enter tonight’s four-game series with Somerset wondering why the heck it can’t seem to win a game on the road.

The Revs (5-7) have lost all six games away from Sovereign Bank Stadium so far, with Wednesday’s night’s 8-6 debacle at Bridgeport easily being the worst of them. But here’s some consolation for the Revolution. The club is not alone in its road struggles.

The eight Atlantic League teams are a combined 9-34 on the road to this point. That’s a putrid .265 winning percentage and no team in the league has a winning mark away from its home ballpark. York and Lancaster are both 0-6, while Long Island (1-5), Newark (3-6), Somerset (2-5), Bridgeport (2-4), Camden (1-2) and Southern Maryland (2-4) are not much better.

This is a really interesting statistic and I’m not exactly sure what to make of it. Given, it’s still very early. But if this trend continues — and chances are the collective road winning percentage won’t be this bad all year — it seems a team that can manage close to a .500 record on the road could do very well.

But York is a long way off from .500. The Revs need to concentrate on winning a single game first, and that will be no easy task in Bridgewater, N.J., where Somerset (6-7) always seems to be tough. So let’s break down the upcoming four-game set, which will be York’s first Freedom Division action of the year.

Somerset Notes: Outfielders Jeff Duncan and Michael Ryan collided in a game this week, with Ryan receiving a concussion. That likely leaves Ryan out of this series… The Patriots recently brought back 2007 Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year Brian Adams. Adams was 15-2 with a 3.68 ERA last season, so if he can replicate those numbers, his addition will be huge… Designated hitter Josh Pressley has been on fire lately. Pressley is hitting .421 in his last 10 games (10 hits in 38 at-bats) and has five RBIs over that stretch… Catcher Travis Anderson and third baseman Brandon Larson have been on similar hot stretches. Anderson is hitting .389 in his last 10 while Larson has been hitting at a .345 clip with a homer in the same span… Former Road Warrior Vito Chiaravolloti is hitting just .200 in his last 10… Somerset ace Brandon Knight is 0-1 despite a 2.65 ERA… Patriots’ closer Bret Prinz has five saves and a 0.00 ERA in seven innings so far.

York Notes: Outfielder Travis Ezi did not play in the Bridgeport series and his absence was noticeable when Matt Esquivel dropped a line drive in center Wednesday night. The error, combined with three others, led to the Bluefish comeback… Esquivel has hit in eight straight games, which has him tied for the fourth longest hitting streak this year… Jason Aspito has reached base in 10 straight games and is tied for the Atlantic League lead in extra-base hits (8)… Amazingly, traditional reliever Aaron Rakers leads the team in innings pitched so far (14)… Tyler Von Schell (.314) and Ezi (.304) are the only Revs hitting over .300 at this point… York is hitting .221 as a team — still last in the league — and well behind Southern Maryland (hitting .248 as a team) for seventh.

Pitching Probables: (York’s starters first)

Game 1: David Gassner (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Scott Wiggins (0-1, 4.15 ERA)

Game 2: Wayne Franklin (2-0, 1.59 ERA) vs. D.J. Mattox (0-1, 6.00 ERA)

Game 3: Aaron Myette (1-1, 3.18 ERA) vs. Brandon Knight (0-1, 2.65 ERA)

Game 4: Corey Thurman (0-3, 11.32 ERA) vs. Steve Kelly (1-1, 4.80 ERA)

*John Pavoncello photo.

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2 Responses

  1. According to Somerset beat writer Ryan Dunleavy of the Courier News, Michael Ryan has been placed on the disabled list.

  2. This is getting downright frustrating with these road woes of the Revs. I can’t imagine any kind of hijinx going on in places like Camden and Bridgeport, but I guess anythings possible. I think that judging by the attendance in Bridgeport and Camden, they need a crowd of at least a 1,000 to play well. Here’s hoping that I see a win on Sunday in Somerset. By the way, my goal this year is to have a free meal in a skybox and a picture with a mascot in every Atlantic League stadium this season. So far, Camden is off the board.

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