The Skitz were spanked by the JaxGenerals 9-3 on Monday afternoon. A close game until a six run eighth inning put the Jacksons out of reach, there was only so long before the great bullpwn had to cough up a few runs. Marquis Fleming was the unfortunate victim of the prolonged rally by the Generals.
The loss meant the Biscuits dropped their second straight series.
|May 25th Biscuit action|
11-14 in the month of may, the Biscuits hot start has long since faded and the GumpSkitz must now face the top team in the division - the Ms. Braves.
This is pretty much the same Braves roster that beat Montgomery four games out of five at Riverwalk just about three weeks ago, and the Southern league schedulemaker must be having a good laugh over us going there in the same month that they came here.
|someone say schedule maker?|
Starting May 28th, series vs Mississippi Braves.
The Braves lead the league in ERA (2.96). Montgomery is last (4.44).
The Braves allow the fewest homers (19). Montgomery allows the most (44)
In Runs Batted In the Braves are second with 204. Biscuits are sixth with 180.
Braves have almost 25 more stolen bases than Biscuits.
The Braves .257 batting average leads the league. Montgomery is ninth out of ten, batting .226, just ahead of Pensacola hitting .225 in last place.
total bases? Braves lead it
Hits? Braves lead.
Need we go on? Simply put, this team overmatches us in the stats at just about every level. But we still have to play the games on the field and there is a good chance that our pitching holds the games closer than the numbers would suggest.
Not that there wont be at least one blowout game. This braves team posted 19 runs against us on May 7th. In just the past 30 days the Biscuits have lost 11 games in which the opposition scored at least five runs. When we lose, we lose big!
On the Bright Side -
The Biscuits and Braves do match up well in home runs hit, Mgm with 25, Miss with 27 so we leave the yard at about the same rate.
Also the Braves and Skitz have similar strikeout numbers among their hitters - the Biscuits with the fewest K's in the league at 317 and the Braves right behind with 322.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Hide the women and children. Tell your kids this is the series that the Biscuits play the Braves against Atlanta, but its very violent and they cant watch. Run! Hide! Wait till you are given the all clear signal!
The league leader in batting average, Jose Martinez, will get hits and be on base often. He and Ed Salcedo will plague Montgomery pitchers and drive in runs as they try to re-create the 19 run game for the home fans.
Jose Martinez will also be trying to avoid hitting into a double play, as he already has 8 GIDP already.
Mycal Jones will test Biscuit catchers Mayo Acosta, Mark Thomas and new backstop Keith Castillo every chance he gets.
Christian Marrero will draw a walk. He tops the SL in that stat and is proving he knows the strikezone better than some umpires.
STARTING PITCHERS - maybe in this order!
Cody Martin vs Matt Buschmann
Last time vs Mgm - 5ip 6 hits 2BB, 1 K got him the victory
Mike Lee vs Jake Thompson
Did not start vs Mgm
|LHP Alex Wood|
Alex Wood vs Merrill Kelly
Last time vs Mgm - 7 IP, 2hits, 2 bb, 5 k's earned him the win
Gus Schlosser vs Enny Romero
Last time vs Mgm - 6.2 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs 2 walks 5 K for the win.
Aaron Northcraft vs Victor Mateo
Last time vs Mgm 4.2 IP, 5 hits, 4 runs, 1 bb, 4 K in a no decision
Psychic Base Ball
At some point during the next 30 games, the Biscuits WILL get hot. Even bad teams have hot streaks, sometimes they are the most streaky. Now that the weather is warming up we should start to see the Skitz bats start to come to life.
The hitters could add the perfect ingredient, the bullpen is great, the defense very good and the starting pitching has shown flashes of brilliance. We have not yet seen the best baseball this team will play this year.
There is hope on the horizon, and its better to be hot Biscuits late than to burn out too early!