A source is reporting that the Trenton Thunder are expected to activate reliever Anthony Claggett and add him to the active playoff roster.
Additionally, Eric Wordekemper would go to Scranton and take Mark Melancon’s spot on the roster. Melancon may be getting shut down due to too many innings.
Perhaps the most controversial bit of news may be that the Thunder rotation does not appear to be what was initially believed.
Eric Hacker is still scheduled to start Game 1.
But Christian Garcia will now be pitching in Game 2, and George Kontos will get the ball in Game 3. That would mean Jeff Marquez will start Game 4 and Jason Jones would be on the hill for Game 5.
I don’t understand what they’re trying to do with the rotation, to be honest. With the travel day built in, you have a scenario in which you could have skipped the relatively unknown Garcia — who was supposed to pitch Game 5 — and start Hacker again. You’ve also created a scenario in which Jason Jones, who in the absolute worst case is your second best pitcher, may not pitch in the series.
Something probably worth pointing out is that in 2008, Jones has thrown 166 innings, which is nearly 30 more than the career high of 138.2 he set in 2006. I wonder if there’s some sort of workload issue going on here.
In any event, we’ll see how things play out, but if that’s what the rotation truly looks like, the Thunder may have eliminated a somewhat significant advantage of having the possibility of having two starts from Eric Hacker.
So if this rotation is right, here’s what the pitching matchups tentatively look like. Keep in mind, I’m just guessing at the Akron rotation…amazing how difficult important information can be to obtain sometimes.
Game 1: TRE Eric Hacker vs. AKR Kevin Dixon
Game 2: TRE Christian Garcia vs. AKR J.D. Martin
Game 3: AKR Ryan Edell vs. TRE George Kontos
Game 4: AKR Frank Herrmann vs. TRE Jeff Marquez
Game 5: AKR TBD vs. TRE Jason Jones
Game 2 is huge. I would guess that if Garcia struggles early, Jones would pick him up and Hacker would get the nod in Game 5. JJ last pitched on the 5th, so pitching on the 10th would have him on normal rest.
Additionally, if my math is correct, and my report cards back in high school would frequently say it wasn’t, the Thunder will still need to make a move to accomodate Humberto Sanchez.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com