On Troubled Pond...
Long Island Ducks: Flock has yet to recover from disastrous trip to Sugar Land.
For the beaten and battered Ducks, there's perhaps been no more timely, and needed break in the schedule than today's.
The Ducks have gone 7-10 since play resumed after the Atlantic League All-Star break, and are fresh off getting swept by the Bluefish in Bridgeport.
Looking back, their problems seemingly started during their June trip to Sugar Land, where the Skeeters short circuited Long Island's first half pennant bid by taking 5 of 6 games, dropping the Ducks hopelessly behind the eventual first half champ Somerset Patriots.
Professional baseball circuits from within, and outside America's borders then began pecking away at GM Michael Pfaff's roster. The departures of Lew Ford, Reegie Corona, Mickey Jannis, and Andrew Barbosa are just a few that Long Island has endured this month.
The present standings are a clear reflection of their plight. Long Island is 3 games below ,500, and they trail the 1st place Bridgeport Bluefish by 6 games in the Liberty Division standings.
All that said, there's still good news to report.
The Ducks began the second half leading the Wild Card standings by 10 games over the Sugar Land Skeeters, whom also have gotten off to a 7-10 second half start, and lost their last 4 in a row. Long Island's 10 game lead, then, has remained in tact.
- Don't look now, but Jon Griffin is tied for the league lead in home runs, and is within 4 RBI of taking over the league lead from the departed Lew Ford. With Ford out of the circuit, Griffin is the lone Atlantic League player with 50+ RBI.
The Ducks open a 7-game home stand on Tuesday against the Somerset Patriots and the Bridgeport Bluefish.