Monday, September 07, 2015

L.I. Ducks: On Not So Golden Pond

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE

The enemy of my enemy is my enemy, and my friend..?

Long Island Ducks: The road leading to a 2nd half Liberty Division crown goes through York and Lancaster.

They say timing is everything....  

The Flock did well by taking 2 of 3 games from the Bluefish earlier this week, considering all the mistreatment Bridgeport imposed upon the Ducks this season.

Bridgeport is now in the midst of a 5-game losing streak, giving them 8 losses in their last 10 games, and dropping them 4.5 games behind the division lead (...and 3 full games behind the Ducks).

On Friday, host Long Island dropped their series opener against Southern Maryland, but rebounded to win the next two.  Game Four against the Blue Crabs is scheduled for Labor Day.

With 14 games remaining in the regular season, the Ducks (30-26) trail first place Somerset by 1.5 games.  The Patriots, not incidentally, are in the midst of a 3-game winning streak.

Since the season series between the Ducks and Patriots is complete, they won't be facing each other down the stretch, meaning their respective opponents will greatly influence whom emerges as 2nd half Liberty Division champion.

Somerset will close out their 5-game series against Sugar Land on Monday.  Next on their schedule:
  • YORK
  • @ Bridgeport
  • @ York

After claiming the 1st half Liberty Division title, the Patriots continue charging towards a division sweep.  They posted a record setting 50-20 (.714) first half, but have "cooled" to a .564 winning percentage in the 2nd half.  Overall, they're an impressive 81-44 on the season, and the only Atlantic League team to surpass 80 victories.

The Ducks remain a close second.  They own a 76-50 overall mark, making them and Somerset the only teams surpassing 70 victories this season.

The Long Island Ducks remaining schedule beginning Tuesday:
  • @ Camden
  • @ York
  • @ Lancaster

You say you want a Revolution, well, you know...

The York Revolution will play the Patriots 7 times, and will face the Ducks 3 times, potentially putting York in position of providing Long Island with a small, yet much needed assist - assuming the Ducks take care of their own business.

That said.. there's a storm brewing.

Don't look now, but here come the Lancaster Barnstormers hell bent on ruining the day!

In case you haven't noticed, the Lancaster Barnstormers are suddenly red hot - good for them, but bad for the Liberty race.

The defending league champions stumbled mightily in the 1st half, posting a disappointing 28-42 record, while Southern Maryland captured the 1st half Freedom Division crown.

But all that has changed.  The Barnstormers regrouped to post a 36-20 2nd half record thus far. They have won 8 of their last 10 games, and presently lead the Freedom Division by 6 games over Sugar Land.

Did I mention they were the defending Atlantic League champions?

It now seems in the Ducks' and Patriots' best interests to proceed with caution.  They're both poised to face the Barnstormers at a seemingly very inopportune time.  But, whereas the Patriots get to host the Barnstormers for 3 games, the Ducks must end their season on the road with 4 games in Lancaster.

Timing is indeed everything...

Wild Kingdom:

In the Long Island Ducks alternate reality, they own a firm 12.5 game lead over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, and will shortly clinch, at least, the Atlantic League Wild Card.

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