BATTLE of the BOROUGHS - II
Cyclones lead season series 2-1
I - BKN 3; SIY 2
II - SIY 8; BKN 3
III - BKN 6; SIY 4
Staten Island Yankees
BROOKLYN CYCLONES: Richmond Bombers Host Series Opener 2 games back of 1st place Bums.
Baby Bums taking cue from parent club;
contending with strong pitching, but with little hitting to speak of.
All four McNamara Division teams are playing above .500 baseball, led by the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Coney Island Nine own a 2-game edge over the Staten Island Yankees, and a 3-game lead over the the Aberdeen Ironbirds and Hudson Valley Renegades, respectively.
The Cyclones (15-8) are in 1st place today based largely on the strength of their pitching. Their 1.09 WHiP leads the league and their 2.47 ERA ranks second. They are second in the league in strikeouts, allowed the second least hits and runs, and lead the circuit with 4 shutouts.
- After five starts and 31.1 innings pitched, Tyler Badamo is 1-2 with a 2.87 ERA, and a 0.93 WHiP. He is fourth in the circuit with 26 strikeouts. Team mate Matt Blackham leads the league with 30 strikeouts. He is 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA, and a 0.99 WHiP. Closer Alex Palsha has yet to surrender a run over 11.1 innings pitched, and leads the league with 5 saves.
The 2nd place Staten Island Yankees (13-10) rank fourth with a 3.41 ERA, a 1.25 WHiP; they're fourth in strikeouts, and have allowed the fourth least hits, and the sixth least runs.
- With a 3-1 record, right-hander Luis Cedeno is tied for the league lead (with team mate Derek Callahan) in victories, and owns a 1.37 ERA, and 0.99 WHiP over 26.1 innings pitched, with 18 strikeouts.
Staten Island owns a distinct edge at the plate. They are second in the league in runs scored and fourth in hits. They lead the circuit in OBP, and rank fifth in slugging and team average, and sixth in home runs.
- Outfielder Griffin Gordon leads the team with 6 doubles and a .342 average. Jhalan Jackson leads the team with 4 home runs and 14 RBI.
The Cyclones on the other hand, are last in the New York Penn League in hits, team average, and OBP, rank twelfth in slugging, eleventh in runs scored, struck out the fourth most times and are tied for fourth in home runs.
- Vinny Siena is second in the league in hits, second with a .361 batting average, and sixth in OBP. He is presently the Cyclones' lone .300 hitter. Right fielder Michael Bernal leads the circuit in runs scored and is fifth in slugging. He leads the team with 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 10 RBI.
The Cyclones will open the series in Richmond County, then host the Baby Bombers on Thursday. The series will conclude on Friday back in Staten Island.