Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Last of the First Half, What to Look For vs Lookouts



Today the Biscuits face off against the Chattanooga Lookouts in the final homestand of the first half of the season.

THE 26th MAN
The Skitz got Juniel Querecuto back, though there is some confusion about how.

During the game the other night radio voice Chris Adams-Wall said that Granden Goetzman had been added to the Disabled List, but no listing on the league transactions page and no change in the Goetzman MiLB page suggests the league isnt aware of the move.

Perhaps since the Biscuits were made to go a man short for so long, they are now letting it slide that the team has 26 active guys.



SERIES PREVIEW
LOOKOUTS AT BISCUITS

The Noogas are a tough foe for Montgomery, both teams share the same number of wins in the first half. Due to a rainout along the way, the Biscuits have one more loss than Chattanooga and this series should determine second place in the division.

However even if the Skitz win the series, it could result in a dead heat, with 3 wins and a Biscuits series victory Montgomery and Chattanooga would finish the half with identical win loss records of 35-35.

 NEW LOOK LOOKOUTS
The Lookouts are a shell of last years Championship team in terms of prospects, but the talent they do have is on the field more often than not.

Prospects on their roster include  SP Kohl Stewart (ranked 7th), the injured reliever Nick Burdi, reliever Jake Reed (ranked #15), shortstop Engelb Vielma (ranked #16), lefty reliever Mason Melotakis (ranked #19), catcher Stuart Turner (ranked #22), outfielder Travis Harrison (ranked #23) and outfielder Daniel Palka (ranked #28).

Their Prospect Rating of 90 seems low, but with a fair portion of that talent being in the bullpen its easy for Lookouts skipper Doug Mintkiewicz to get them all onto the field during a game, more than once a series.



 WHAT TO LOOK FOR

The Lookouts have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the past few weeks, look for a scrappy team that refuses to give up.

Look for Montgomery to rely on starting pitching and extra base hits to keep the team in games.

Look for former Biscuit Leonardo Reginatto, now with the Noogas, to enjoy his return to Montgomery.

Look for a tight, highly contested series. Both teams are statistically similar in many categories, such as tied atop the league in stolen bases. Side by side in Runs, Hits, RBI, OPS and many others, these two teams match up very closely.

Look for Montgomery to play WallBall, the Biscuits lead the league in doubles and Home Runs.

The Biscuits pitchers have been racking up strikeouts, look for Montgomery to extend their league lead in punchouts at the Lookouts expense.

On the flip side, Biscuit tossers allow the most free passes in the league, nearly 100 more than the stingy Nooga hurlers. Look for the Biscuit pitchers to put themselves in tough spots by missing the strike zone too often.


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