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Playoff Pitching Matchups

The RoughRiders and Missions will begin their divisional round series Wednesday night in San Antonio. At this point, we know the probable pitchers for both Game 1 and Game 2. Let’s go inside the matchups.

Game 1 – Wednesday
Frisco at San Antonio
LHP Robbie Ross (1-1, 2.61 ERA) v. RHP Joe Wieland (3-1, 2.77 ERA)
These two hurlers led the Rangers’ High-A affiliate–the Myrtle Beach Pelicans–to a first-half division title earlier this season. Wieland earned a promotion to Frisco in late June. All the righty did with the RoughRiders was post a 1.23 ERA in seven starts. Two days after tossing a no-hitter in San Antonio, Wieland joined the Missions after the Rangers’ shipped him and Robbie Erlin to San Diego’s system for Mike Adams.

Robbie Ross gets the call for Game 1 Wednesday (Alex Yocum-Beeman).

With the Missions, Wieland still has great numbers. However, his final outing of the regular season was his shakiest at the Double-A level. Wieland surrendered four runs on ten hits in five innings Wednesday night against Midland. He needed more than 100 pitches to get through those five frames.

Ross remained with the Pelicans through July and earned the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honor. Despite the tougher competition, Ross has had similar success with the RoughRiders. In 38 innings of work, Ross has struck out 36 and given up only 11 earned runs.

The southpaw faced San Antonio August 26 and lasted seven innings. He gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits. While Ross did not get the win, Frisco earned the victory that night.

Game 2 – Thursday
Frisco at San Antonio
LHP Ben Snyder (11-5, 3.87 ERA) v. RHP Simon Castro (5-6, 4.33 ERA)
After 26 relief appearances, Snyder joined the RoughRiders’ starting rotation at the outset of the second half. Snyder has been steady for Frisco, posting a 4.15 ERA in his 14 starts. Entering the playoffs, Snyder has notched a quality start in five straight efforts, and he has worked through six frames in his last seven starts. He leads the club in wins with 11.

Ben Snyder hopes to continue his success against lefties Thursday night (Alex Yocum-Beeman).

Snyder is dominant against fellow left-handers, who have just a .202 average against the Bellevue, Ohio native. This could be a huge asset against San Antonio. The Missions carry six lefties, including the likes of Jaff Decker, Sawyer Carroll and Blake Tekotte.

The Padres’ number three prospect according to Baseball America, Castro has made 16 starts with the Missions this season. Castro is a specimen at 6’5″, 210 pounds, and he has strong strikeout numbers (73 in 89 1/3 innings). Since August 1, the righty is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA.

Against the RoughRiders, Castro has been pretty solid. He is only 1-2, but his ERA sits at 2.67. He has whiffed 25 in 27 innings of work over the course of four starts.

Beyond these two games, the RoughRiders’ starters have yet to be announced. For San Antonio, right-hander Casey Kelly will start Game 3. Game 4 and Game 5’s hurlers have not been set yet. Stay tuned for continuing playoff coverage, including an interview with Frisco’s Game 1 starter–Robbie Ross.

- Brian

Hurry! Act Now!

If you have a twitter, I’m sure you are already following us (@ridersbaseball, by the way). But if you aren’t, you are in luck. We are nearing the 2000-follower mark. If you are the 2000th follower, well, that would be pretty sweet.

We’ll give that 2000th follower a nice shout out here on the blog. We do appreciate all 1980ish followers we currently have!

Without further ado, here are your Facts for a Monday, whether you are a “follower” or not.

FRISCO FACTS:

  • Twitter traffic will continue to come toward the RoughRiders if Martin Perez continues to rack up awards and attention. Perez was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week today after his five-inning perfect game Tuesday. It is his first such honor within the Texas League.
  • Warning: this is all opinion here. It is easy to want Perez to move up quickly and get to Round Rock and eventually to Arlington. We’ve received some tweets and questions on our blogs about Perez and his status in the organization. Others have said he should be promoted. The reality is, Perez has now had five truly “dominant” outings in Frisco since the start of the 2010 season. My guess (and again, these are my thoughts) is that the organization still wants to see more from the lefty here in North Texas before sending him south to the Express.
  • That being said, this is a GREAT start for a young man who experienced his first failure in the game of baseball at the Double-A level. If he continues this, Perez has nowhere to go but up, and in this case “up” means Triple-A. He’ll get there eventually.
  • Today is an interesting match-up for the 20-year-old Perez. He gets to start against the hottest offense in the minor leagues. San Antonio is coming off a three-out-of-four take from Midland this past weekend. The Missions are now 10-6, which is the best mark in the league.
  • San Antonio’s team batting average is .338, 60 points better than second-place Northwest Arkansas. That mark is also the best in all of minor league baseball, barely above high-A Bakersfield’s .337 mark within the California League. I was surprised to see that there are seven teams in the minors that boast batting averages above .300. Four of those seven are in the Pacific Coast League. Poor Round Rock is sixth in the PCL despite a very solid .285 batting average.
  • This four-game series will feature two of the Texas League’s hottest hitters. As we’ve talked about over the last few days, Frisco third baseman Tommy Mendonca is on fire as of late. Mendonca is hitting .400 over the last 10 games with four homers and 12 RBIs. For the Missions, James Darnell is hitting an absurd .514 with three homers and 10 RBIs. On the season, Darnell is hitting .482 (27-for-56).
  • The Missions also have Jaff Decker, who leads the TL in homers (seven) and RBIs (25). Overall, San Antonio has five of the top ten hitters in terms of batting average in the league.
  • Tonight begins the first of two eight-game road trips this year for the RoughRiders, which will be the longest trips of the season. The ‘Riders’ other eight-gamer is June 12-19. Last year, Frisco had a 12-game swing away from Dr Pepper Ballpark from June 17-28. For what it’s worth, the team went 8-4 on that trip to close down a first-half division championship. 
  • Finally, former RoughRider reliever Beau Jones made his debut for Triple-A Round Rock yesterday. Jones went two and a third frames and scattered three hits, striking out three. He did not allow a run.

Aaron is in San Antonio for game one of this four-game series. The pre-game begins at 6:35, as I’ll be along for the ride on the RoughRiders’ Pre-Game Show with Aaron. Enjoy!

- Brian

Happy, Happy, Happy

Happy Easter. Happy Passover. Happy Sunday.

Whatever you may be celebrating, enjoy it. Easter only comes once every 365 days. Passover only comes once every 52 weeks. And Sunday only comes around every seven days.

My present to you is a whole lot of the same–your Facts.

FRISCO FACTS:

  • As mentioned on the broadcast yesterday, the RoughRiders have not strung together back-to-back victories since games one and two of the year. But the ‘Riders have been close to doing so. In their last five losses following victories this year, Frisco has lost by a total of ten runs. In four of those five contests, the ‘Riders had a lead at some point. In other words, this club has been close to a “winning streak” but just hasn’t been able to seal the deal.
  • We mentioned the string of nine straight games with an RBI for Corpus Christi outfielder J.D. Martinez, a streak that came to an end two nights ago. Well, Frisco third baseman Tommy Mendonca is giving the RBI streak thing a try. Mendonca has posted at least one RBI in four straight games. Taking it back to April 14, Mendonca has driven in a run in seven of his last nine contests.
  • I asked Mendonca before yesterday’s game if this is the best string of baseball he has played while within the Rangers’ organization. “You can say, so far, it has been,” Mendonca said. “I’m back having fun. It’s like I’m a little kid again.”
  • Not only is Mendonca fifth in the Texas League with his 15 RBIs, but he is tied with Hickory’s Tomas Telis for the organizational lead. Telis has played in three more games than Mendonca so far this season.
  • Engel Beltre continued his solid swinging last night from the leadoff spot. Since assuming that role when Renny Osuna went on the disabled list, Beltre is 11-for-35 (.314) with seven runs scored in eight games. Last night, Beltre was the only ‘Rider with a multi-hit game.
  • Here’s an interesting note: the RoughRiders have only three men listed as outfielders, and one of those (Mike Bianucci) has only made three starts in the outfield. The rest of his 12 starts have been in the designated hitter slot. On the flip side, there are six active infielders and two infielders on the disabled list. One of those listed infielders–Jonathan Greene–has played some left to make up for this unbalance.
  • Former RoughRider Cody Eppley threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen in his major league debut yesterday, a 3-1 Texas victory over the Royals. Eppley certainly has a chance to stick with the big league club considering its bullpen struggles so far this year.
  • The San Antonio offense is back at it. After outputs of 26 and 23 runs earlier this month, the Missions spanked Midland 21-8 last night. San Antonio’s team batting average now sits at .343, and the Missions are averaging 8.2 runs a game. Jaff Decker had two homers and seven runs batted in. Decker now has six homers (tied for first in the Texas League) and 23 RBIs (tops in the TL).
  • Finally, the two Arkansas teams have been washed out for the second straight day. Now, the Naturals and Travelers will play double dips May 21 and 23 in Springdale. The ‘Riders will play the Naturals immediately following that series May 25-27 at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

We kick off our coverage at 3:35 this afternoon, with first pitch set for 4:05. Enjoy!

- Brian

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