Pitching Matchups vs. Bowie

The Thunder have the day off on Monday, but will travel to Bowie for a three-game series against the Baysox that starts Tuesday.

With many people viewing the series as a potential Championship Series preview, the Thunder are hoping to fare better than they did when the Baysox came to town earlier this month, as Bowie swept Trenton fairly easily.

Here are the pitching matchups for the series:

Tuesday, 8/26, 7:05 PM: TRE Jason Jones (13-5, 2.79) vs. BOW Chris Tillman (9-4, 3.32)

Wednesday, 8/27, 7:05 PM: TRE Eric Hacker (7-3, 2.65) vs. BOW Zach Clark (3-1, 2.70)

Thursday, 8/28, 7:05 PM: TRE Jeff Marquez (0-1, 3.60) vs. BOW Jason Berken (12-3, 3.37)

Although Jones is scheduled to start the next to last game of the season on August 31st at home against the Defenders, there’s very little chance that actually happens.  With JJ the unquestionable Game 1 starter for the Eastern League Division Series, this will most likely be his last start of the regular season.

Eric Hacker would be scheduled to take the ball on September 1st, and I’d have to think they’d like him to be the Game 2 starter, so that start would have to be in question as well.

The Thunder have already used 15 different starting pitchers this season, and it’s very possible that number could increase with someone potentially getting called up to make those starts.

Victor Zambrano is set to pitch for the Thunder on the 29th when they return home to face Connecticut, and George Kontos would tentatively be on the rubber for Trenton on the 30th.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

3 Responses to “Pitching Matchups vs. Bowie”

  1. mbn Says:

    I am surprised that they do not drop everyone back 1 day, and get someone else to go on Tuesday. At least then there won’t be such a large break between the last start of the season, and the opening of the playoffs. But I would suppose the Yankee brass has SOME CLUE as to what is going on.

  2. nyyfaninlaaland Says:

    Hey Mike –

    I just did a post on this series on the blog I contribute to that covers the AL East teams.

    Add your comments if you feel it’s worth it.

    The starting pitching on these 2 teams could make for a stellar AA championship series.

    As for mbn’s comment above, a good point. Jason Stephens could perhaps return on 3 days rest out of their pen – Trenton’s pen is plenty rested to back him up – or Christian Garcia is on turn and could show his stuff. Tampa’s not doing anything after this week anyway.

    Any word on a possible appearance by Humberto Sanchez in Trenton in the playoffs? He finally pitched above GC in Tampa yesterday, but as stated they’re almost done for the year. Don’t the Yanks need to see what ‘berto can do at the higher levels and keep him working innings?

  3. thunderbaseball Says:

    I’ve said this before, but I’d like to see Jason Stephens get another opportunity up here. I don’t think his numbers in Tampa warranted his initial call-up, but he handled himself well in Trenton and had a nice start.

    I’d like to see Garcia as well, because I’ve been hearing quite a bit about him for the past few years now.

    As for Sanchez, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him, but I don’t think it’ll happen. The Yankees know what he can do at this level and even in this league, and considering that one start isn’t really a good gauge on things…I don’t really think you’ll see him here.

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