Hello from Hickory, NC where tonight the BlueClaws will open a four-game series against their most likely playoff opponent, the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers).
Here’s the updated rotation:
RHP Trevor May (6-2, 2.67) vs RHP Neil Ramirez (8-8, 4.56)
RHP Josh Zeid (6-4, 2.93) vs RHP Jacob Brigham (4-4, 3.14)
RHP Julio Rodriguez (3-1, 1.81) vs RHP Brandon Tullis (6-1, 3.64)
RHP Jonathan Pettibone (6-6, 3.57) vs LHP Miguel de los Santos (2-1, 3.99)
Note…Each team has a youngster that is one of the top prospects in their respective organizations that is having a great year. Brody Colvin (6-7, 3.28) of Lakewood and Robert Erlin (6-2, 2.29) of Hickory. Both pitched yesterday, so when the potential playoff series comes, it’s each team will go into the series without having seen the other team’s big young arm.
How likely is a potential series? With 12 games left, Lakewood leads both Hickory and Greensboro by 3.5 games. If Lakewood wins the half, they will play Hickory (the Crawdads would have to blow an 8-game lead in the overall standings). Obviously if Hickory wins, Lakewood will play Hickory.
So that leaves Greensboro…They would have to make up four games in the last 12 (meaning if Lakewood goes 6-6 they have to go 10-2).
I wouldn’t book the hotel for Hickory just yet, but I’d get the phone number.