Pregame Meal: Tuesday, August 6th
By Matt Appel (@mattappel)
Welcome back, ‘Cats fans! Tonight, the ValleyCats will kick off a six-game home stand, starting with three against the Williamsport Crosscutters. It has been a tough stretch for the ‘Cats, who had lost nine in a row before getting a victory on Sunday in Aberdeen. It’s “Irish Night” here at “The Joe” as the ‘Cats will look for a little bit of luck to get back on a winning streak…
-The nine-game skid was the longest for the ‘Cats since 2009, when they also lost nine in a row. They still find themselves tied for first place in the Stedler Division, just percentage points behind the Lowell Spinners. Tri-City and Lowell only meet twice more this season, on August 31st-September 1st in Lowell.
-A few (well, 6) roster moves to pass along. RHP Tyler Brunemann, RHP Troy Scribner & INF Tyler White have joined the club after a promotion from Greeneville. Brunemann was the 40th round pick of the Astros this year, White the 33rd, and Scribner was a non-drafted free agent. White has absolutely raked in both the GCL and Greeneville this year, so he should add a little pop to a lineup that needs it. Of course, with three new additions, some players were promoted to Quad Cities as well. Pat Christensen, Tony Kemp & Zach Morton were sent to the Midwest League. We wish all three of them the best of luck!
-This has been touched on since the announcement, but Chris Cotton, Michael Feliz & Chan Moon were named to the All-Star team on Sunday. Moon will start as the DH for the National League. It was not at all a surprise to see Cotton and Feliz selected, as they’ve been two of the better pitchers in the league. It was mildly surprising to see Moon picked, but he has been very consistent this entire year at the plate.
-The ValleyCats have played very well against teams from the Pinckney Division this year, and they will aim to continue that trend against Williamsport. Coming into tonight, the ‘Cats are 8-4 against Pinckney opponents.
-I’m not sure if this has anything to do with the losing streak, but it is usually around this point in the New York-Penn League season in which the college guys start hitting a wall. They’ve been playing games since late February, and fatigue can start to effect play. Something to keep an eye out for on this home stand and beyond.