Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Been There, Grape Jelly Series, What To Look For


We have all done it.
Headed down to Florida for the weekend, thinking it will be fun to get some sun and swim in the ocean, hang out with friends, drink a few beers and maybe flirt with some cutie on the beach.

Then on the way home you realize you stayed too long.

You lost your shoes, spent every dollar in your wallet, got totally sunburned, feel really hungover and vaguely remember making out at the bar with someone who was way below your usual standards.

Biscuits swept by Wahoos

And all your friends were there to see it. Someone probably took a photo to remember the occasion.

Thats about where the Biscuits are, having been embarrassed in Pensacola, getting swept by the worst team in the South Division.


THE END IS NIGH
The sweep wasn't pretty but it wasn't the end of the world. There is plenty of time to vacuum the sand out of the bus, get some new flipflops and forget that beach trip ever happened.

After a deserved day off, the Biscuits are back to work against the North Division rival Tennessee Smokies.

Both the Smokies and Biscuits are 8-9, tied for second in the division behind the Barons.
The Biscuits tend to play at the level of their competition, the Smokies encounter a grumpy Montgomery team and face off in the second Montgomery installment of the Grape Jelly Series.

GRAPE JELLY SERIES
Round One 
At Montgomery
5/21 W
5/22 L
5/23 W
5/24 W
5/25 L

Round Two 
At Smokies Park
7/1 postponed at Tn
7/2 L at Tn
7/3 L at Tn

UPCOMING 
Round Three At Montgomery
7/15 Faria v Pena
7/16 Schultz v Pineyro
7/17 Snell/Kirsch v Johnson
7/18 Stanek v Zastryzny
7/19 Pruitt v Ryan Williams

NEXT TIME
Round Four
At Montgomery
7/28
7/29
7/30
7/31
8/1

ANOTHER ROUND
Round Five
AT Smokies Park
will include doubleheader makeup game from July 1st! 
8/18
8/19
8/20
8/21
8/22



WHAT TO LOOK FOR


O'Conner
Look for Justin O'Conner to continue his good play. O' has been one of the Rays hottest hitters over the past month - after hitting just .204 in the first half the catching prospect has been hitting .340 since the break.

Look for Leonardo Reginatto to enjoy home cooking, the Brazilian infielder is batting over .350 at Riverwalk this year.


Smokies SP Pineyro
Look for tough Smokies pitching. The Cubs affiliate is stingy in allowing baserunners, getting more than one man on base is a rare event against the Smokies.

Look for Rafael Soriano. The former big-leaguer has been the Smokies closer for five games as he works his way back to the form that made him the Nationals closer the past few years.


LOCK UP YOUR WOMEN
 Again I say look for the Smokies flow.
 With the best hair in the minors, FlowBros Pierce Johnson and Rob Z weren't with the team on their last visit here, leaving AllStar Pj Francescon to do most of the work to impress with long locks and the man-bun (or "mun", if you prefer). This time we will see the "Flow-kies" in full effect.


Look for Biscuit starting pitchers to get the team back on track.
JD Faria

Pitcher Jacob Faria has been much better in double-A than he was in Charlotte, posting more than a strikeout an inning through three starts as a Biscuit.

Faria fits right in with the rest of the Montgomery staff, the team leads the league in strikeouts.

Look for Biscuit hits, Montgomery leads the league with a .262 batting average as well as total hits with 754. Also, look for strikeouts aplenty as the Biscuits also lead the league in whiffs.


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