Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PGCBL Playoff Scenarios - July 29th

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With two games left to play, the Albany Dutchmen have a 1/2 game advantage over the Glens Falls Dragons for the final playoff spot in the East Division of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

With the two teams playing each other on Thursday, it's very possible that the 7PM meeting at East Field could be a "Winner Takes All" game.

Here are the three scenarios that could happen tonight for the Glens Falls Dragons and the Albany Dutchmen:

Team
Glens Falls Dragons
Albany Dutchmen
Record
22-26
22-25
Remaining Schedule
Friday
@ Amsterdam L
@ Amsterdam L
@ Mohawk Valley W
Saturday
Amsterdam L
@ Adirondack W
Sunday
 off
 off
Monday
@ Albany L
Glens Falls W
Tuesday
Saugerties W
@ Amsterdam L
Wednesday
@ Saugerties
Amsterdam
Thursday
Albany
@ Glens Falls

ALBANY can clinch if....
Albany wins against Amsterdam + Glens Falls loss to Saugerties

ALBANY maintains their 1/2 game advantage over Glens Falls if...
Albany wins against Amsterdam + Glens Falls win over Saugerties OR
Albany loses against Amsterdam + Glens Falls loss to Saugerties

GLENS FALLS takes 1/2 game advantage over Albany if...
Albany loses against Amsterdam + Glens Falls win over Saugerties

The half game advantage will be in play should the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League be forced to cancel Thursday's finale at Glens Falls.  There are widespread thunderstorms in the forecast, but meteorologists say those storms will pass through during the early afternoon and will clear out in time for the evening game.

With the PGCBL playoffs scheduled to begin the following night, July 31st, there's no room to reschedule the game in the event it gets rained out.  Given the importance of this final game for these two teams, the PGCBL will be doing all they possibly can to make sure the game gets played tomorrow night at 7PM at East Field.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Glens Falls Dragons Enter Important Stretch

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The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League playoffs are a week away.

The Glens Falls Dragons currently sit in the third and final playoff spot for the East.  The Dragons are not safe, however, as the Albany Dutchmen trail them by only two games, with the two teams set to play each other twice in the coming week.

Team
Glens Falls Dragons
Albany Dutchmen
Record
22-26
22-25
Remaining Schedule
Friday
@ Amsterdam L
@ Amsterdam L
@ Mohawk Valley W
Saturday
Amsterdam L
@ Adirondack W
Sunday
 off
 off
Monday
@ Albany L
Glens Falls W
Tuesday
Saugerties W
@ Amsterdam L
Wednesday
@ Saugerties
Amsterdam
Thursday
Albany
@ Glens Falls

The Dragons face the task of facing the top-seeded Amsterdam Mohawks three times in the next two days, wanting to maintain their advantage over the Dutchmen for the final playoff spot.  After a day off on Sunday, the Dragons will have two against Albany and two against Saugerties to complete their season.  Saugerties is 20 games back of first place Amsterdam, and 8 games behind the Dragons, thus eliminating the Stallions from playoff contention. 

Albany's schedule isn't easier.  After a game against the second place Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, the Dutchmen travel to face Adirondack, who is only a half game behind Utica for the final playoff spot in the West Division and will be fighting for their playoff lives.  Then sandwiched between the two games with Glens Falls are two against Amsterdam.

The Glens Falls Dragons can technically clinch before heading into Monday's game, but will need to win all three games against Amsterdam, while Albany would need to drop their two games.  There's also a possibility of the Dutchmen to come into the rivalry game ahead of the Dragons, if the two teams should reverse the aforementioned fortune.  

But keep an eye on the weather.  The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League will attempt to reschedule lost games due to weather, but rescheduling is not guaranteed.  The loss of games due to weather last year resulted in the Dragons (last year as the Golden Eagles) being eliminated from the playoffs due to a rainout.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Mets Midseason Report: Highs/Lows & Awards

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The All-Star break concludes on Friday when the New York Mets travel to Busch Stadium to face the St. Louis Cardinals.  The two teams split their series at Citi Field back in May, but after rest, the Mets face the challenge of tackling the best home team in baseball.

It's been a roller coaster first half for the New York Mets.  A fast start of 12-3 gave Mets fans some promise to the season, but then the injuries started catching up with the Mets.  Losing David Wright for an uncertain amount of time hurts, and once Travis d'Arnaud and Daniel Murphy made appearances on the disabled list, the Mets couldn't buy a hit to save them.

It led to them getting no-hit at home by the San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Heston, and also led to a 7 game season sweep by the Chicago Cubs.

However, it seems as if the Mets have figured it out, winning 6 of their last 7, including 4 of 6 on the west coast against the top two teams in the N.L. West, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

But the gauntlet of July remains strong, with St. Louis, Washington and Los Angeles on their schedule fresh out of the break.

Before the first pitch Friday at 8:15PM against St. Louis, however, let's take a look at some of those highs and lows for the Mets in the first half of the 2015 season.

HIGH POINT OF THE SEASON: April 23rd.  The Mets just completed their third straight sweep to go 10-0 at home to start the season after beating the Atlanta Braves 6-3.  With Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey set to start the first two of the Subway Series, emotions were riding high for a successful trip to the Bronx.

However, losing David Wright, Travis d'Arnaud and Jerry Blevins to the disabled list in the past two weeks caught up with the Mets, as they went 3-7 in the 10 games that followed.

LOW POINT OF THE SEASON: June 24.  The Mets bats turned iced cold, leading to the no-hit game on June 9th.  They seemed to turn it around, winning 2 of 3 against the Braves and both games against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citi Field.  However, they left their bats at the customs checkpoint, as they were outscored 15-1 in the two games in Toronto, then was swept out of Atlanta.

The Mets road record reeked in the first half, but the stench grew more foul when they landed in Milwaukee for three against the worst team in baseball.  The Mets surrendered a 2-1 lead and lost the opening game 3-2, mustering only four hits in the effort.  That's one more hit than they had in the middle game, as they failed to bail Bartolo Colon out of a 2-0 hole he pitched himself into in the first inning, losing 4-1 as the losing streak reached a season high seven games, guaranteeing the Mets their third straight losing series.

THE GOOD NEWS: The Mets have already played all their games against the San Francisco Giants, and will have Los Angeles in their rear view mirror in 10 days.  And after this series with St. Louis, they will not have to face the Cardinals until the postseason, if they can get there.  Plus, the last big trip they will have to make is to Colorado in August, otherwise they will remain east of the Mississippi for the remainder of the 2015 campaign.

AWARDS
MVP: Jeurys Familia, P.  We agree with ESPN New York's Adam Rubin.  After the announcement that Bobby Parnell's return from Tommy John surgery and the suspension to Jenrry Mejia for supplement use, the Mets could have folded in their late game pitching.  But Familia came in and fully embraced the opportunity, and made the best, as he has converted 27 of his 29 save opportunities while pitching with a 1.25 ERA.

His pitching made it much harder for the Mets brass to figure out what to do with the bullpen with Parnell and Mejia's return.  Parnell has logged 10 innings since his return, only allowing 1 earned run in that span.  However, Mejia is the odd man out so far, only picking up a single out since his return to eligibility last week.

For non-playing candidates, David Wright would have to be a firm choice.  Whatever he said to his teammates when he had the opportunity to talk to them in Los Angeles seems to have cooled off the funk they were in.  The Mets are 7-2 since then.

GOLDEN BAT: Steve Matz, P.  Yes, we're going to give the Golden Bat award to a pitcher.  With no batter with over 100 plate appearances hitting better than .277, it's tough to give this to a position player.  Cases could be made for Wilmer Flores and Curtis Granderson, but Steve Matz electrified the crowd when he debuted on June 28th against Cincinnati, going 3-for-3 and driving in 4 runs in the winning effort.

GOLDEN ARM: Jacob deGrom, P.  Of the four pitchers who has started 17 games this season, Jacob deGrom's numbers are best.  With a 9-6 record and a 2.14 ERA, there's no surprise deGrom was the Mets representative for the All-Star team, and with a little more run support, he could have easily been a 10+ game winner by now.  He leads the Mets starting pitching crew with 112 strikeouts, has given up the fewest hits and homeruns, and has the best opposing batting average at .206.  Only Steven Matz has a better ERA and opposing batting average, but his sample size is smaller compared to deGrom's 113 2/3 innings pitched in 2015.

GOLDEN GLOVE: Lucas Duda, 1B.  Remember last year when there was the debate between whether or not Lucas Duda or Ike Davis should be at first base for the Mets?  Well, it seems like the Mets made the best move when keeping Duda over Davis, as Duda has turned into a dependable first baseman.  Only one charged error by Duda this season gives him a .999 fielding percentage.  If a put out isn't done properly, you can almost guarantee it was at the hands of someone else.

BROWN BAT: Michael Cuddyer, LF.  Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson has more strikeouts than Cuddyer does, but makes up for it with their power.  Cuddyer has half the home runs they do, and a worse on base percentage.  Mets fans were hoping for better than what they got from a batter with a better than .300 average the last two years, although they were in the air-inflated confides of Colorado.

BROWN ARM: Dillon Gee, P.  On the back end of the Mets stellar rotation is Dillon Gee.  And when it came to campaigning to keep a rotation spot, Gee came up empty, resulting in the pitcher being DFA'd and eventually making way to the Las Vegas 51's.  In the eight games Gee pitched for the Mets in 2015, he accumulated a 5.90 ERA, second to Akeel Morris's 67.50 that was picked up in the late inning of a Mets loss to Toronto last month.

BROWN GLOVE: Wilmer Flores, SS.  In the first 45 days of the regular season, Wilmer Flores accumulated 10 errors and led the Mets to several unturned double plays that would later come back to haunt them.  Since then, his play has turned better, especially when Terry Collins made the switch and placed Flores as the second baseman instead of shortstop.

YOU TELL US: Do you agree with our selections for these awards?  Is there a player you think should be placed in another's place.  Let us know in the comments below or by replying @WMML1230 on Twitter.

And be sure to listen as the Mets take on the Cardinals starting this Friday, with coverage beginning with Wayne Randazzo forty minutes before the first pitch of every Mets game this season on FOX Sports Radio 1230.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Football Schedule Changes

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A couple opponents have filled their open game slots that were left by Fort Edward's decision not to field a varsity squad in 2015.

Lake George's new Athletic Director, Kyle Manny, confirms to FOX Sports Radio 1230 that the Lake George/Hadley-Luzurne War Eagles will play Section 1's Haldane Blue Devils on Friday, October 17th.  The game, which was originally a home game for Lake George, will instead be played at the neutral site of Dietz Stadium in Kingston.

To offset the loss of the home game, which would otherwise leave the War Eagles with only two home games in 2015, Lake George/Hadley-Luzurne will now host the Greenwich Witches on Week 4 instead of travel.  The game will still be played underneath the lights on Friday night, and will serve as Lake George's senior night.

Greenwich will be reduced to three home games after the swap.

In addition, according to the Section 9 Schedules, Warrensburg's replacement for Week 3 will be Millbrook.  The Millbrook Blazers, which come from central Dutchess County, will travel to Warrensburg for a 1PM game on Saturday, September 19th.

This change has yet to be confirmed to FOX Sports Radio 1230 by Warrensburg's Athletic Director, Scott Smith.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

2015 Section 2 High School Football Schedule

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Below the jump are the Section 2 football schedules, week-by-week, for all teams in Section 2 as released earlier this year.

This schedule takes in account the decision by Monroe-Woodbury to not participate in the Carrier Classic, paving the way for Shenendehowa to make its way to the Carrier Dome over Labor Day weekend to play Canisius, the Catholic High School Athletic Association champion out of Buffalo.  As a result, LaSalle's open date was taken by Monroe-Woodbury.  It also takes into effect Fort Edward's announcement that they will not be fielding a varsity football team.  As of this writing, that leaves the other teams idle on the weeks they were to play Fort Edward.  Lake George has announced that they will be playing Section 1's Haldane down at Dietz Stadium during Week 7.  All other replacement opponents for Fort Edward has yet to be announced, however.

In addition, some teams play under portable lights for special occasions like Homecoming, and likewise, some teams with permanent lighting opt to play Homecoming on a Saturday.  As some teams vary, there are likely errors on the schedule between who's playing Friday and who's play Saturday games for that particular week.  If you do notice any errors or omissions, please let us know.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Mets Schedule

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Since the weather suspended the Mets game yesterday, today's schedule has been amended to accommodate the completion of yesterday's game.

Yesterday's game will resume at 1:10PM, the original start time for today's game.  Carlos Torres will take the mound as he was announced to be the pitcher for the Mets to start the 7th inning, with the game tied at 1.

There will be a 30 minute break after the first game is done before the second game begins with the debut of Steven Matz on the mound for the Mets.

So today's schedule is as follows:
12:30PM - Mets Pregame with Wayne Randazzo

1:10PM - Game #1 - Resumption of Saturday's suspended game.  Cincinnati will be up to bat in the top of the 7th inning, with Carlos Torres on the mound for the Mets.

Approximately 2:10PM - Game #1 will conclude.  Howie Rose and Josh Lewin will wrap-up the first game from the booth before sending it to the WOR studios for between game programming.

Approximately 2:45PM - First Pitch, Game #2

We will have coverage of both games on FOX Sports Radio 1230 from the first pitch of the 7th inning to the final pitch of the second game.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

End of Year: List of Section 2's NYSPHSAA Champions for 2014-15

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The Lake George Warriors hold their NYSPHSAA Class C Championship
after beating Waterville in the title game at the Glens Falls Civic Center

With the crowning of state champions in baseball, softball and track and field, the book is now closed for the 2014-15 NYSPHSAA High School Sports calendar, ending a year that began with practices in mid-August.

It's been a wild year for Section 2, filled with ups and downs.  Three teams made it back to Syracuse, but all three came up empty despite great efforts.  In the winter, three teams hoisted the state trophy at the Glens Falls Civic Center, none wilder than Lake George's game-winning bucket by senior Joel Wincowski.  There were several title-holders in the spring, including the first NYSPHSAA title in boys lacrosse for Section 2, claimed by the often determined Niskayuna Silver Warriors.

After the jump, a complete list of the teams and individuals who claimed state titles in Section 2: