Battle of the Boroughs III
Staten Island Yankees
The Ballpark at St. George
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Aim To Gain Ground On Staten Island and Shorten Yankee Lead.
The third installment of the Battle for the Narrows starts off in Richmond County tonight.
The Yankees have a firm grip on not just the McNamara Division, they are dominating the League. They are the only team in the New York-Penn League playing above .600 baseball. The fact is, they are playing to a .717 winning percentage. Quite simply, the Yankees are running away with the
NY-PL this season. Their 33-13 record is tops by a wide margin. The Auburn Doubledays and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers are next in wins, tied with twenty-eight each.
The Yankees have been slugging their way through the circuit with the League's #1 offense. Their over-all team pitching ranks 4th behind #3 Brooklyn. Brooklyn's offense ranks 6th in the League.
The Yankees have more RBI that Brooklyn; 209 to 194. Auburn is #1 with 241. But the Cyclones have a considerable edge in home runs; 31 to 21 for the Yanks. Lowell leads the League with 39. And it's the Yanks who have the advantage in runs scored over Brooklyn; 236 against 212. Auburn again is the League leader with 262.
In the hill, the Cyclones own a better team ERA than Staten Island does; 3.13 against 3.31. However, both are quite good. Staten Island has kept the opposition to a lower batting average against than Brooklyn has; .244 versus .256 for the Cyclones. Brooklyn sports a better WHIP than Staten Island does; 1.28 to 1.36. The Cyclones have even thrown twice as many shut-outs than Staten Island has; 4 against 2.
But alas, wins are all that really matter in the standings. The second place Brooklyn Cyclones (25-22) trail the Yankees in the McNamara Division by 8.5 games; with thirty-one games left in the regular season; including tonight's series opener.
Hudson Valley is right on the Cyclone's heals nine games back of first. While in the Wild Card standings, the Cyclones have three teams; all from the Pickney Division ahead of them. Mahoning Valley has twenty-eight wins; Jamestown and Williamsport both have twenty-six wins apiece.
It's been a scrappy kind of season for the Cyclones. The components for a successful finish are all in place. It's just been a strange season with hard-luck endings sometimes. I have loads of confidence in these guys as we head down the stretch.