5:45 PM — Lineups…
Brandon Roberts, CF
Rene Tosoni, RF
Luke Hughes, 3B
Erik Lis, DH
Wilson Ramos, C
Brian Dinkelman, LF
Steve Singleton, 2B
Whit Robbins, 1B
Yancarlos Ortiz, SS
Austin Krum, CF
Matt Cusick, 2B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Chris Malec, 1B
Richie Robnett, DH
Edwar Gonzalez, RF
P.J. Pilittere, C
Marcos Vechionacci, 3B
James Cooper, LF
4:55 PM — As expected, Ryan Baker was placed on the DL to make room for Jason Stephens.
3:45 PM — I don’t really want to address the stuff about myself any more than I have to with this being an important time for the team. So I’ll keep all of that to the comments…
3:25 PM — Someone was asking me about this yesterday…there would be a one-game playoff if New Britain and Trenton finish in a tie for the final playoff spot. The only way a tie-breaker would be used is between two teams that are already in the playoffs — i.e. deciding a tie for first place in a division, etc.
However, a tie-breaker would be used to determine which team would have home field advantage in the one-game playoff. That tie-breaker is head-to-head record, and New Britain and Trenton are currently 8-8 against each other.
Also, each team only has eight games remaining, including this one. Each team “lost” a date this year, so they will each only play 141 games. Trenton is currently two games back of New Britain.
2:40 PM — Just got here a little while ago, there doesn’t seem to be much going on.
As for me, yes the rumors are true and this may very well be my last Trenton Thunder game. I had a whole little paragraph or two written out, but it really isn’t worth the explanation. So I’d expect the updates to be a little light as I attempt to enjoy what may be last time here for a while.
I have, to some extent anyway, enjoyed my time here over the past six years — particularly the last two with this blog. But I honestly can’t tell you whether I’ll be back for a seventh.
As for the blog, it will continue through the regular season, any playoff action and at least some part of the off-season. My primary focus is with my current employer, the Hunterdon County Democrat, and I will be continuing to be providing content for them, so I’d might as well continue to provide content here as well.
But with the way things are going in the industry, I’d be foolish not to consider looking elsewhere or at an entirely different line of work all together.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com