July 7, 2008 July 7, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Patriots React To Winning First Half:
After I managed to avoid all the champagne and beer that was flying around the clubhouse, I managed to catch up with a few of the key players in last night’s 6-1 Patriots win over the Bears that sent Somerset to the playoffs for the seventh time in 11 years.
“(Magrane was) outstanding. Especially after he got off to such a rocky start. We made some changes with him, getting his arm up a little bit higher. Everything was flat. Brett worked with him, and the last three or four starts, it’s showed.”
“It’s a thing of beauty, man. I don’t know how you can ever get tired of it.”
“Rad and I were just talking. It doesn’t matter where you are or what team you’re on or what stadium you’re in, there’s nothing like winning. That’s why we all came here. That’s why Ryan came here, that’s why Larson came here, that’s why Rad came back here, that’s why the guys that have been here are here.”
“We’ve got a long way to go. It’s good to win the first half and win a playoff berth, but nobody’s here to win a playoff berth. There’s a championship we’re trying to win. So we’ll see what happens.”
“Awesome, (Magrane) was great. He made pitches all night. They got one early on a broken bat up the middle. But he settled in and did his thing.”
“He’s getting better luck. He had some tough luck several outings in a row. He’s pitched with a lot of confidence. He’s just mixing it up; in, out, up, down.”
“I felt fairly decent. I was able to get them to hit the ball on the ground and I had my defense make some nice plays for me.”
“I would say attack mode (is working for me now that wasn’t working before).”
“One of the most fun parts about it is everyone having so much fun in here. There’s a great bunch of guys in here.”
“The way this guy’s been pitching, nobody deserves this more than him.”
Somerset box score…
SMITH 1-4, R, HR, RBI, K
OLIVARES 1-4, 3 K
RYAN 0-2, 2 BB
LARSON 1-4, R, HR, RBI
PRESSLEY 2-4, R, HR, RBI, K
HAGEN 1-4, R, HR, RBI
RADMANOVICH 1-4, 2B, R, K
CHIARAVALLOTI 2-4, R, RBI, K
BELCHER 1-4, K
MAGRANE: 9.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Rather interesting how this all worked out. Looking at the pitching matchup, it appeared the Bears had the clear advantage. But Jim Magrane has really been coming on lately, and has apparently gone from a reclamation project to the man who saved the Patriots first half.
I thought it was interesting that the Bears didn’t seem to employ an “all hands on deck” strategy. Pat Stanley went six innings and it was pretty clear he didn’t have his best stuff by the fourth inning. For a game with such significance, I thought that it was an interesting decision to leave him in as long as they did.
Also worth noting is that Newark did not take BP before the game, and Somerset had optional BP which most players took. In fact, the Bears didn’t even arrive until roughly two hours before the game.
While the Bears are probably the favorite to win the division in the second half — as Somerset will have the luxury of resting guys and not needing to go nuts with player procurement early in the half — there’s still no guarantee they’ll make the playoffs.
Lancaster can’t possibly be as bad in the second half as they were in the first, and I think everyone knows what Adam Gladstone is capable of doing in terms of building a roster for York.
If a wild-card scenario is created due to Somerset winning both halves, something that’s hardly unprecedented, Newark has only a three game lead over surprising Southern Maryland.
Educated Guesses For The All-Star Game: I’d imagine that Pat Stanley will start for the Freedom Division and Randy Leek will start for the Liberty Division, especially with Dave LaPoint managing. For the record, Leek would be my choice anyway.
I don’t think there’s much doubt that Stanley will get the nod.
For the Home Run Derby, assuming that it’s eight players and there’s one from each team, you’ll likely see Somerset’s Josh Pressley, Newark’s Jose Herrera, Lancaster’s Danny Gonzalez, York’s Jason Aspito, Bridgeport’s Jesse Hoorelbeke, Long Island’s Ray Navarrete, Southern Maryland’s Pat Osborn and Camden’s L.J. Biernbaum.
I think you could see either Michael Ryan or Brandon Larson instead of Pressley in Somerset’s spot, and Ramon Castro instead of Herrera in Newark’s spot. Ideally, I’d have ten guys participate regardless of teams. – Mike Ashmore
Borowski DFA’ed: Former Newark Bears pitcher — and known Atlantic League basher — Joe Borowski was designed for assignment by the Cleveland Indians Sunday. Borowski, last year’s American League save leader, was horrible this season, having blown four saves and posted an ERA over seven. I can see another big-league team taking a chance on him (Devil Rays?). If not, there’s always the Atlantic League, but would any team want him?
Barnstormers To Sign Luis Perez: Jason Guarente is reporting that the Lancaster Barnstormers will ink OF Luis Perez. He, along with P Jason Scobie, will join the club in Bridgeport this week.
Perez, who has experience in the Oakland Athletics organization, missed all of last season with an injury. He was recently released from the Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent American Association.
Guevara In Sporting News: Lancaster Barnstormers pitcher Yamel Guevara is featured in this week’s issue of the “Sporting News.” It’s a great article about how he, along with five others, including Atlanta Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar, made a brave escape from Cuba to play baseball in the United States. You will not believe what they endured. Barnstormer fans especially, I urge you to pick up a copy and check it out. It will make you appreciate the guy even more. – Scott Stanchak