Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders vs. Syracuse Mets
NBT Bank Stadium | Syracuse, NY
LHP Daniel Camarena vs. TBD
Daniel Camarena will be making his first start back for the RailRIders since being called up to the Yankees last week. This will be Camarena’s 11th start of the season for the RailRiders and his 3rd against Syracuse. IN his previous outing against the Mets on 6/9 he picked up the win while going 6.0 innings and allowing 3 runs on 8 hits. In Camarena’s previous outing with SWB, he went up against Pawtucket at McCoy Stadium on 7/1 and picked up the win throwing 7.0 scoreless innings and allowing only 2 hits. This series kicks off the second half of the season for both Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Syracuse.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre finished off the first half of the season in first place in the International League North Division. RailRiders pitchers had a team ERA of 4.62 which was good enough for the 5th lowest team ERA in the International League. They allowed the 2nd fewest hits with 732 and 2nd fewest earned runs with 382. Scranton pitchers struck out 831 batters in the first half.
Syracuse pitchers held a combined team ERA of 5.02 and allowed 424 earned runs on 843 hits and struck out 688.
Offensively the RailRiders enter the second half with a team batting average of .279 which is the second-highest team average in the International League. They have scored 499 runs on 817 hits which are both the third-highest team totals in those respective categories in the league. The RailRiders have 475 runs batted in and hold the highest slugging percentage in the International League at .493.
As a team, the Syracuse Mets enter the second half with a team batting average of .251 which is the lowest in the International League. They have scored 432 runs on 725 hits with 408 RBI. The Mets had 76 stolen bases in the first half which was the 3rd highest total in the league.
Garrett Whitlock will be making his 14th start for the Thunder and his first against Reading. He last pitched on 7/3 against Portland where he went 5.0 innings allowing 9 runs (3 ER) on 8 hits. The Thunder are playing in their first series back from the All-Star Break.
As a team, the Thunder pitchers have a combined ERA of 3.55 and have allowed 349 runs (286ER) on 624 hits in 724 1/3 innings pitched. Their 46 home runs allowed are the fewest in the Eastern League.
Reading pitchers enter this series with a team ERA of 3.29 and have allowed 331 runs (279 ER) on 630 hits in 763 1/3 innings pitched. They currently lead the Eastern League in strikeouts with 808.
Offensively, the Thunder hold a team batting average of .241 with 656 hits, 345 runs, 63 home runs, and 326 RBI. Their .324 on-base percentage is good enough for second in the league and they are currently tied for the highest team OPS in the League with a .696.
Reading hitters have a batting average of .229 with 639 hits, 368 runs, 63 home runs, and 340 RBI.
Dunedin Blue Jays vs. Tampa Tarpons
George M. Steinbrenner Field | Tampa, FL
Game One: TBD vs RHP RHP Clarke Schmidt (2-2, 3.48)
Game Two: RHP Josh Winckowski ( 2-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Miguel Yajure (5-6, 2.13)
The Tampa Tarpons will be picking up where they left off in game one of a doubleheader today. With no outs in the top of the third inning right-handed pitcher, Clarke Schmidt will come off the disabled list and make his return to the Tampa rotation, picking up where Janson Junk left off last night. Schmidt made three rehab starts in the Gulf Coast League, allowing three earned runs in 8 1/3 innings and striking out 14 batters. Before going on the disabled list he was 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings for the Tarpons.
In game two, Miguel Yajure will make his 13th start of the season for the Tarpons and his second against Dunedin. He last faced the Blue Jays on June 17 where he allowed one run on five hits and a walk in four innings, striking out five batters. Dunedin hitters are batting .256/.326/.333 in 39 at-bats. No Blue Jays batter has more than two hits against him.
Flamethrower Luis Medina will be making his 15th start of the 2019 season for the Charleston RiverDogs. The 20-year-old out of Nagua, Dominican Republic owns a 1-7 record with an 8.38 ERA, allowing eight home runs, 55 walks while also striking out 64 batters in 58 innings of work.
This will be the first time this season that Medina will face the Rome Braves. In his last game on July 3 against the Augusta Greenjackets, he allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings walking five batters in that game. His best game this season came on June 13 when he pitched six hitless innings, allowing just two walks against the Greenville Drive.
Olague, previously faced the RiverDogs on June 12 and June 25. In each appearance, he threw six innings. On June 25 he allowed five earned runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings on of work. RiverDogs batters are hitting .245/.288/.388 against him in 49 at-bats. They struck out a total of 11 times against Olague and worked just one walk.
Class-A Short Season
Staten Island Yankees (12-12) vs Hudson Valley Renegades (13-12)
Dutchess Stadium | Wappingers Falls, NY
RHP Nick Ernst (0-1,, 7.45 ERA) vs TBD
Right-handed pitcher Nick Ernst will continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery tonight with the Staten Island Yankees. The former 15th round draft pick out of Miami has made three starts for Staten Island, earning an 0-1 record with a 7.45 ERA and nine strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings of work. In his last game, he pitched 3 2/3 innings against the Lowell Spinners, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three batters.
Bluefield Blue Jays (12-9) vs Pulaski Yankees (11-9)
Calfee Park | Pulaski, VA
TBD vs RHP Randy Vasquez (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
Vasquez will be making his fourth start of the season for the Pulaski Yankees. The 20-year-old out of Narvarette, Dominican Republic owns a 0-0 record with a 3.00 ERA and struck out 14 batters in 12 innings. He has also walked seven batters and allowed one home run. He has yet to pitch out of the fifth inning this season. His last start he was removed after 3 2/3 innings allowing three earned runs on one hit and three walks against the Burlington Royals.