BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS - III
FRIDAY NIGHT FRACAS
Staten Island Yankees
The Forgotten Borough
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Gang From Coney Suffering Late Season Slippage. And..., Don't Look Now, But There's A Dog Chasing You, And Gaining Fast.
The Cyclones are fresh off dropping two of three games to the circuit's top team. Panic? Stay Cool? That depends on you. I'm just the messenger. But with Thursday night's 4-1 loss to the Tri City Valley Cats; coupled with the Hudson Valley Renegades 1-0, three hitter over the Connecticut Tigers; and compounded by Batavia's 2-1 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers; the Brooklyn Cyclones suddenly have a cornucopia of concerns.
After the Brooks enjoyed a brief time leading the standings earlier this season, the Renegades are now pulling away in the McNamara Division. They have increased their lead over second place Brooklyn to five games. With only thirteen games remaining in the season, that is clearly a problem for Brooklyn. Because, the Dogs are after them. The Batavia Muckdogs are now just three games behind the Surf Avenue Sluggers in the Wild Card race. And if the gang from Coney lets the Muckdogs catch up and bite them in the ankles, and the Renegades hold on to their lead, it's bye-bye playoffs for Brooklyn.
The Staten Island Yankees? Well..., their season is in the Richmond County dumps, so to say. They've already been eliminated from playoff contention. So yeah, the five time champs are suffering through a rough season. For as long as attendance remains healthy out there, and there is no threat of them going away, last place couldn't find its way to a better team, as far as I'm concerned. The Baby Bombers are in last place of the McNamara Division with a 22-40 record. That's terrible. Just terrible. Their best hitter is Who Cares. And their top hurler is It Doesn't Matter. They're the Yankees. From Staten Island, to the Bronx, a Yankee, is a Yankee, is a Yankee.
The Yankees are winners of their last four games in a row. So Brooklyn had better play this series right.