Here’s an in depth look at this week’s matchups for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
The RailRiders play the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays today to begin and conclude a four-game road series. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre finished 11-5 against Buffalo last season when the Bisons were affiliated with the New York Mets.
Three games were lost in the series due to weather. So today’s doubleheader will be the only games in the series.
Buffalo’s big player so far this season is Moises Sierra, who made a name for himself after a strong showing at the World Baseball Classic for Team Dominican. He’s currently batting .409 for the Bisons, who have a 3-3 record early in the season.
Rochester Red Wings
The RailRiders should feel right at home when they play at Frontier Field in Rochester Monday through Thursday to wrap up the now five-game road trip. That’s because Scranton/Wilkes-Barre played the majority of its home games last season in Rochester while PNC Field underwent renovations.
Feeling at home may not be a good thing for the Riders though because they started off 1-5 at the renovated stadium during a season-opening homestand.
Rochester, the affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and SWB played twice in Moosic last week splitting the games; the third contest was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Monday, June 17.
Rochester’s key hitter is Oswaldo Arcia, the No. 3 prospect in the organization according to Baseball America. The outfielder is off to a torrid start hitting .444 with three homers and eight RBI and went 3-for-5 against the RailRiders last week in two games at PNC Field. The team’s top starter is Kyle Gibson, the team’s fifth-ranked prospect according to the publication, but in two starts this season he’s 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA. He could pitch one of the games this week. Last year, SWB finished 10-6 against the Red Wings, who began Saturday with a 2-6 record.
When SWB returns home on Friday it will host the affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The Chiefs got off to a hot start beginning the season with a 5-1 mark.
Against Syracuse last season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre posted an 11-5 mark, tied for the best record against any International League opponent.
Former SWB Yankee Ross Ohlendorf leads the pitching staff with a 2-0 record and a 1.64 earned run average. Offensively, the Chiefs have been tearing the cover off the ball scoring 50 runs in those six games batting .332 as a team.
Second baseman Jeff Kobernus is batting a lusty .545 to start the season. The team has other notables on the squad in Micah Owings, a former major league pitcher reinventing himself as a hitter and hitting .421 with a homer and six RBI.
Former SWB Yankee and major league veteran J.C. Romero, a left-handed reliever, is also on the team.