Game of the Week
May 31st, 2015
Braves vs Mudskippers
Coming off Memorial day weekend , we start the mid season action with the Hartford Braves going up against the Liberty Bell Mudskippers. This looks like a 5 horse, race at this point in the season with the Monarchs nipping at everyone's heels
The Mudskippers ran into a Bulldog team in their last outing, that is starting to find their identity and gave them all they could handle. However the defending champs are the champs for a reason. Donahue, Klem, O'hara, Premick, Yankowitz are all guys that can change the outcome in any game.
My question is can Bill "Masebrenner" Mason get past the Mudskippers offense. I predicted once that they just don't have the arms to carry them to that next level. However Ryan Loughran and Ant Kelly have been solid on the mound for the Braves. I'm up in the air with this team.
Prediction: Mudskippers sweep, I don't think they'll lose 5 out of there last 6 games. Urgency better be there if they want to keep pace with the Dirt Dawgs who are coming off a great memorial day tournament performance.
May 17th, 2015
Bulldogs vs Mudskippers
The Liberty Bell Mudskippers "Cardiac Kids" will face off against the Bucks County Bulldogs in this weeks action. I say "Cardiac Kids" because Manager Kris Sharp, who will absent this week. Has launched some major comebacks in games past.
The Mudskippers are one of the top teams in the area and are proven as they sit at the top of the division. Yantosh coming into this week's games is swinging a hot bat. However with the like of Donahue, O'Hara and new comer Dillon Tagle. This team will be very tough to put away. The projected starters for the Mudskippers this week, we assume are Iller and Klem.
The Bulldogs got back on track sweeping the Orioles before the bye week. Pitching has always been the strong point for the veteran squad, but in recent weeks the offense had been getting it done. The combo of McCollum and Dove have been quietly generating offense and driving in runs. However these two sluggers are as streaky as they come. Which two will show up will effect the outcome of the games this weekend.
Prediction: I'm looking at series split. The Bulldogs match up well with pitching edge going in their favor of and the offense favoring the Mudskippers.
May 3rd, 2015
Braves vs Dirt Dawgs
Week 4 is here and with the megafight with Pac man and Money Mayweather here, so is the match up with the Braves and Dirt Dawgs. There is no love loss with these two teams as the manager of the Braves "Bill Masebrenner Mason" used to manage many former Dirt Dawgs.
The Braves resemble the KC Royals with their scrappy and cocky persona on the diamond which has led them to 6-0. Led by Adrian Gonzalez, Ant Kelly and veteran Joe McCabe this team turned it around from last year. Question is this, is the 60-6 beat down courtesy of the Dawgs during last year's 4 games a distant memory or fresh in their minds.
The Dirt Dawgs scrappiness and depth at all positions will be key in this game. Look for the little things out of the Dawgs with their core players to get the job done. Players to watch for them will be Dennis Higgins , Pat Dunn and Mike Leone. Also don't forget the depth of the bench with Alex "big daddy" Sarge.
Prediction: I don't think braves have the power arms to beat the Dirt Dawgs. I'm going with a series sweep 2-0 Dawgs.
April 26th, 2015
Monarchs vs Tigers
The Monarchs will square off with the new look Delaware Valley Tigers. Look for these two teams to make a statement and stay out of the cellar in this early season. The keyword being EARLY.
Look for the Tigers to change some things up and finally get their offense going. Running into the Mudskippers and Braves in weeks 1 and 2 certainly was a learning experience for this new look team.
The Monarchs I will keep saying are a dangerous team lead by Mckoskey. They can take a game if you don't play 7 innings against them. Again I say, it's early and they were only tested once against the Bulldogs and also received 2 forfeit wins from the Falcons.
Prediction: I want to say Monarch sweep the Tigers, but I'm going with another series split.
April 19th, 2015
Bulldogs vs Dirt Dawgs
This matchup and game of the week with the Bulldogs and Dirt Dawgs is nothing more than electric. Both teams have knocked each other out of the playoffs in recent years and are very familiar with each other. The teams split the season series but the Dirt Dawgs swept the 2013 defending champs Bulldogs out of the playoffs.
Forget about the Bulldog arms because they’re as advertised and will keep them in games. In the last weeks action the Bulldog offense with Rugg, Schmotze, Mcollum , Quigley and Dove (Ex Dirt Dawg) were too much to handle for improved Monarchs. Let’s see if they can maintain the momentum this week.
The Dirt Dawgs are a very dangerous team, and can play with anyone. They welcomed the Full Armor Falcons to the league with two victories and sweeping the weekend series. With the arms of newcomer Matt Edmondson, Dave Gibson and right hander Matty Raws offense may be tough to come by. Let’s not forget Pat Dunn, Dennis Higgins, Dan Gavlick and Jordano Rodriguez who are capable of manufacturing runs by themselves.
Prediction: Series Split 1-1 but a series sweep isn’t out of the question for either team.
April 12th, 2015
Bulldogs vs Monarchs
This double header is the most intriguing to start off the season. The Bulldogs finished 3rd last year and made a few off-season moves. They not only bolstered an already incredible pitching staff, they secured up some defensive positions and added depth to their offense as well. Last year the Bulldogs swept the Monarchs in four straight games by a total score of 30-8! Players to watch for the Bulldogs this weekend will be McCullom, Schmoltze, and their entire pitching staff.
The Monarchs finished the 2014 campaign in 6th place. Last season was an improvement over years past. The 2015 Monarchs look a little different than their 2014 team. They have secured up their infield and added some pitching depth. Players to watch for the Monarchs will be Renda, Zurawski, and the arm of Busch.
Prediction: Bulldogs sweep, but don’t look for them to completely overpower the Monarchs like years past.