Here’s a look at what the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will encounter in the next seven days.
A scheduling oddity, a day off and a makeup game are including on this week’s slate as the RailRiders head to Syracuse and Pawtucket for a 10-game road trip in nine days following a day off on Monday.
The RailRiders began play on Saturday 4.5 games ahead of the last-place Chiefs in the I.L. North standings. Lucky for SWB it has played well against Syracuse this season going 5-2. More good news is that a doubleheader will be played on Wednesday at Alliance Bank Stadium to make up a game postponed in April. That’s positives because the RailRiders have an 11-3 record in twinbills this season before Saturday’s action.
While the RailRiders have been in a downward spin of late with an 8-12 record in June and dropping 27 of their last 39 games since mid-May, the Chiefs haven’t fared any better. In fact, Syracuse has been in a worst stretch losing nine of their last 11 and 14 of their last 19 games before Saturday night’s game at Gwinnett.
In Syracuse’s 14 losses in June the team has scored 45 runs (3.2 per game) while opponents have nearly doubled that output scoring 82 (an average of 5.8 per game).
Pawtucket Red Sox
The rivals will square off for the first time since the first four games of the season at PNC Field in which the PawSox swept all four to ruin the RailRiders’ opening festivities. The defending International League champion Red Sox now host Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a rare five-game series starting on Friday at McCoy Stadium.
Pawtucket took over first-place in the division from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the defending division champions, in that season-opening series and have only spent two and half weeks outside of the division lead since. The PawSox currently lead second-place Lehigh Valley by 4.5 games before play began on Saturday.
During the only series between the two teams, Pawtucket held the RailRiders to just 12 runs in the four games. The team has been pitching solidly all season currently with the second-lowest ERA in the league at 3.65. Offensively, they began play on Saturday second in the I.L. in runs scored tallying 368.