CENTRAL ISLIP–With nine days of play to go, the Snowmen appear likely to break the BEML records for ERA (3.02) and WHIP (1.15), both of which were set by the 2005 Barracudas squad. The Frost’s ERA stands at 2.993, and team WHIP is at a record-shattering 1.1065.
The Icy Ones are led by probable Maddux Award winner Justin Verlander (24 Wins, 2.28 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 244 Ks), with able assistance from Cliff Lee (16 Wins, 2.38 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 223 Ks), Cole Hamels (14 Wins, 2.80 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 186 Ks) and rookie closer Craig Kimbrel (27 Saves, 0.66 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 73 Ks in 40.7 IP).
The Frost is also set to sweep the pitching categories for the first time in BEML history.
Advantage: Snowmen. Visiting hitters find it nearly impossible to see the ball at the Freeze’s snow-covered Icebox Field(TM).
Meanwhile, Craydawgs rookie Cory Luebke allowed only one hit over seven innings last night, striking out nine on the road at the Fish Tank. The performance enabled the Dawgs to consolidate their position in the ERA and WHIP categories. Jason Bourgeois swiped two bags to help the Crays take a four steal lead over the Fish.
Los Pescados hit a humble 3-for-20 (.150) on the day, and ace Roy Halladay (8 IP, 4 ER) was stymied in his attempt to gain ground in the contentious Wins column. The Fish lost a half-point on the day by falling behind the Dirty Dogs in Runs (1075 to 1067). The Craydawgs lead the Fish, 63-62. Tonight, the two teams’ aces square off at the Tank, as the Dawgs’ Tim Lincecum (13 Wins, 2.59/1.18, 212 Ks) takes on the Cudas’ Clayton Kershaw (19 Wins, 2.31/0.98, 236 Ks).