Well baseball is back following the All-Star break and I will be back on track with other baseball articles including my mid season playoff predictions in the next few days. I got all verklempt about my dad over the weekend and that extended through the All-Star Game. So the Tides are in town against the Columbus Clippers the AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Clippers lead the IL West with a record of 55-36 and now have the best team batting average (.288) in the league by a sizable margin over the Durham Bulls. The Bulls still have the better record as well as pitching.
The Tides have improved since Bobby Dickerson stepped into the managerial post and have the potential to still come out of the season above .500 which barring a complete collapse by Durham and several non-divisional teams will not place them in the playoffs even as a wild card.
However this series could be a good series for the Tides as they do better in Harbor Park tan on the road. Tonight Carlos Carrasco (7-4 4.38 ERA) will take the hill against the Tides Tim Bascom (2-3 5.87 ERA) who is coming off his worst outing of the year being spanked by Durham giving up 5 runs, 4 earned on 7 hits in 4.1 innings work. . Carrasco lost in his last outing against the Tides giving up 4 runs on 7 hits in 7 innings work. Bascom was also beaten about by the Clippers on June 15th giving up 4 runs on 8 hits in 4.2 innings work. Looking at the pitchers prior performance this could be a game for hitters and for some reason I do not expect a pitcher’s duel.
I’m off to the game.