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Pinstriped Previews: Otto Looks To Keep Strikeouts Rolling In July

Well, only one doubleheader will take place in the Yankees organization on Saturday down at the Jersey Shore. Meanwhile, a Double-A pitcher looks to continue his strikeout pace going after having almost 50 strikeouts in June. Find out who gets the ball in all of the games in our Pinstriped Previews:

Matt Krook pitching for the Somerset Patriots on May 6, 2021 (Chris Jones)

Triple-A

Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (34-14) vs. Rochester Red Wings

Polar Park I 4:05 PM ET

LHP Matt Krook (0-0, 1.42 ERA) vs. LHP Kyle Hart (3-4, 4.94)

Rain got in the way of these two teams facing each other on Friday. They will makeup that game as part of a doubleheader during the next series between these two teams (July 13-18). The RailRiders have won two of the first three games in this series.

It will be a battle of southpaws as Matt Krook looks for his first Triple-A win against Kyle Hart. For more information on this matchup, check out yesterday’s preview piece on how these lefties stack up against each other.

Glenn Otto. Photo by Matt Kardos.

Double-A

Somerset Patriots (33-18) vs. Harrisburg Senators (20-31)

FNB Field I 7:00 PM

RHP Glenn Otto (4-3, 3.96) vs. RHP Andrew Lee (2-2, 2.27)

The Patriots and Senators split a doubleheader on Friday, so both teams have split the first four games of this series. In Game 1, the Patriots picked up a 7-0 win. Oswaldo Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBIs and Dermis Garcia hit his 14th home run of the year. Meanwhile, on the mound, JP Sears and Janson Junk combined for a four-hit shutout and struck out eight.

In Game 2, Harrisburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Hayden Wesneski and never looked back. Isiah Gilliam did drive in both runs for Somerset and Jason Lopez had the only multi-hit game. Today, Glenn Otto will look to secure at least a series split for Somerset.

Otto did have a 4.06 ERA in five outings in June (four starts). While his ERA was a little higher than it was in May, the strikeouts went up as well. In 31 innings of work, Otto struck out 48 batters while walking 9 and holding opponents to a .200 batting average (5 home runs allowed).

Back on June 27, Otto picked up the loss against Portland. He went 5.1 innings, allowed five runs on seven hits, walked a batter, and struck out nine on 87 pitches (58 strikes). The 25-year-old right-hander has at least nine strikeouts in four of his last five outings. He faced Harrisburg on May 8 and was very good in that game. He allowed two hits, walked a batter, and struck out six over six scoreless innings on 81 pitches (58 strikes) in a win.

Lee was an 11th Round pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2015 MLB Draft. He finished the 2019 season in Double-A (2.56 ERA in 11 appearances). Back at Harrisburg this year, the 27-year-old has made nine appearances (four starts) and has a 2.27 ERA. He has 37 strikeouts to 10 walks in 31.2 innings of work and held opponents to a .180 average.

As a starter, Lee has a 3.32 ERA in four outings (22 strikeouts to 7 walks in 19 innings of work). However, he has been more dominant as a reliever (0.71 ERA in five outings). In his last start against Altoona on June 27, he went five innings, allowed two runs on five hits, and struck out four on 84 pitches (53 strikes) in a win.

Lee faced Somerset twice in the opening series of the season as a reliever and he did not give up one hit. He walked five batters and struck out four in 5.1 innings of relief, but managed to keep Somerset off the scoreboard. It should make today’s battle interesting.

High-A

Hudson Valley Renegades (32-18) vs. Jersey Shore BlueClaws (21-29)

FirstEnergy Park I 5:05 PM (Game 1)

Rain has hurt a good portion of this series so far. On Friday, the two teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but rain caused only one game to be played. In that game, the Renegades managed only two hits in an 8-2 defeat. Ezequiel Duran and Kyle MacDonald drove in both runs for Hudson Valley.

Renegades pitchers did combine to strike out 13 batters, including 11 between Reid Anderson and Barrett Loseke, but none of the four pitchers that appeared in the game had a scoreless outing. The two teams will attempt to play two games today.

Beck Way (Photo by John Brophy/Pinstriped Prospects)

Low-A

Jupiter Hammerheads (23-28) vs. Tampa Tarpons (34-16)

TBD  vs. RHP Beck Way (1-0, 4.05)

These two teams have also had their series bothered by rain, but they were finally able to play two games on Friday as both teams picked up a win. Matt Sauer was dominant in Game 1 (completion of Thursday’s game) as he allowed one hit and struck out 10 in his most dominant outing as a professional. Jake Sanford provided the bulk of the offense as the right fielder went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and five RBIs.

In the second game, the Tarpons did not allow an earned run, but despite Randy Vasquez striking out seven in 4.2 innings, they lost the game, 3-1. Trevor Hauver provided the lone run of the game for Tampa.

Beck Way will get the start for Tampa as they try to secure a series win. In his last start on June 27 against Lakeland, he went three innings in a game for the second time in his professional career. The 4th Round pick from last year’s draft allowed two runs on three hits, walked a batter, and struck out two on 49 pitches (25 strikes) in a no-decision. The 49 pitches were a season high.

No starter is listed for Jupiter as of this time.

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I am an alum of St. John's University, where I majored in sports management.

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