By Scoop Fox
Good day to some and good evening to others. Welcome to another edition of PawSox updates on 990WBOB. Big news: PawSox have clinched the IL North Divisional title for the second time in three years and everybody around McCoy is thrilled. With that being said, let's get things started.
Where They Stand
The PawSox are 2013 IL divisional champions at with a 78-62 (.554). This will mark the 7th time in franchise history that the PawSox won their division (they won it back in 1977, 1991, 1994, 1996, 2003, and 2011).
Interestingly enough, the years that the PawSox won the Governors’ Cup (1973, 1994, 2012) they did so as the wildcard.
Just the Stats JackBryce is the '13 PawSox Sultan of Swat
This will be the 2nd to last 'Just the Stats Jack' segment before the big season finale update. For those eager to know, this is for you.
At the Plate:
In the Bullpen:
With just one month away in the Major Leagues, the rosters are going to be expanding from 25 to the full 40. This means that there’s going to be a few call ups from Pawtucket. How will that affect the PawSox going into the playoffs, we don’t know. All we know is that should one PawSox player get called up to Boston, another will step in.
Young Arm, Big Possibilities
Earlier this month the PawSox brought up one of their young pitching prospects, Anthony Raunado from Double-A Portland. Just last Wednesday the PawSox brought up another young pitching prospect, Matt Barnes. According to Baseball America, Matt Barnes is the #1 pitching prospect and #3 prospect overall in the Boston Red Sox farm system.
Barnes was drafted out of LSU with the 19th pick overall by Boston in 2011. He started his professional career in 2012, splitting time between Single-A Greenville and High-A Salem. In 25 games, Barnes went 7-5 in 119.2 IP. He struck out 133, walked 29, while giving up 97 hits, and had an ERA of 2.86
This year, Barnes started the year in Double-A Portland. In 24 games with the Sea Dogs, Barnes went 5-10 in 108.0 IP. He struck out 133 batters, walked 46, while giving up 112 hits, and had an ERA of 4.33 Then on August 29th, Barnes was brought up to Triple-A Pawtucket. In fact, he was named the starter that very same night against the Syracuse Chiefs. In his PawSox debut, Barnes went 5.2IP, allowing just 3 H, 2 BB, but allowed no runs and struck out 7 to get the win.
Though it maybe at the tailend of the 2013 IL season, it may look like Barnes showed that he is ready to provide some heat for the PawSox as they go into the postseason.
The PawSox finish up this Saturday at 6:05 p.m. against the Syracuse Chiefs for their last regular season at home. Then they travel to Allentown, PA to take on the Leigh Valley IronPigs for their last two games of the season on September 1st and September 2nd.
Unfortunately the PawSox are 3-11 against the IronPigs this season, including 1-5 in Allentown. Hopefully they turn things around and end the 2013 on a solid note before going into the IL Postseason.
That’s it for your PawSox weekly update. This is Scoop Fox, signing off.
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