Schedule working in Revs’ favor

Yes, I’m the person who slammed the Atlantic League for its absurd schedule, among other things, back in July.

And I still feel the hellacious stretch the York Revolution is suffering through is ridiculous (54 games in 55 days to end the regular season if you’re counting at home).

But the truth is obvious: The Revs’ remaining schedule has turned out to be very favorable. Make that incredibly favorable. Here’s a few reasons why York should qualify for the postseason for the first time in franchise history.

1) Plenty of games against the Liberty Division

After Tuesday night’s loss to Bridgeport, York boasts a 38-30 record against Liberty Division foes and has only mustered a 20-32 record against Freedom Division opponents. So a combined 12 remaining games over the next two weeks against Bridgeport, which has struggled to find pitching all year, and Long Island are certainly a good thing. Also, consider that the Revs hold a 10-3 mark against the Ducks this year and have swept them twice in two Sovereign Bank Stadium series. That just happens to be the location of a four-game weekend tilt with the Ducks that starts Thursday night.

2) Not so many games against Newark

The Revs’ historical shortcomings against Newark have been well documented: No series wins in 11 all-time series. A 7-28 record all-time against the Bears. And a 1-6 record at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium this season. The numbers make you shudder.

Luckily for York, thanks to the wacky Atlantic League schedule, only three games remain against the Bears. Sure, they’re crucial games — the next-to-last series of the year, Sept. 15 to Sept. 17, at Newark — but if York can enter that series with any type of cushion, it should be in good position to make the playoffs.

3) Plenty of games against Lancaster

Alright, the truth is the Barnstormers are 8-7 against York this year and seem to get pumped up on ocassion when they face their Route 30 rival. But coming down the stretch, York has to handle the ‘Stormers. That’s the bottom line. And the Revs have five remaining games to do it.

Lancaster is simply a team tredding water at this point and trying not to fall apart completely. Sure, the Barnstormers have a couple decent starting pitchers, a couple of big sluggers and Mike Woods, but this is a team that has used nearly 70 players this season (four more were signed Tuesday). York only used 43 all of last year in its dreadful inaugural season.

So with a better lineup top-to-bottom and an incredible advantage in the bullpen, York needs wins against Lancaster. Playoff teams beat the teams they’re supposed to and Lancaster certainly falls under that category.

*Randy Flaum photo.


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